Jeffrey J. Kripal, Ph.D.
Jeffrey J. Kripal holds the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University, where he chaired the Department of Religion for eight years and helped create the GEM Program, a doctoral concentration in the study of Gnosticism, Esotericism, and Mysticism that is the largest program of its kind in the world. He is the Associate Director of the Center for Theory and Research at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, where he also serves as Chair of the Board.
Jeff is the editor-in-chief of the Macmillan Handbook Series on Religion (ten volumes) and the author of seven monographs, including, most recently, Secret Body: Erotic and Esoteric Currents in the History of Religions (Chicago, 2017) and Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics and the Paranormal (Chicago, 2011). He is presently working on a three-volume study of paranormal currents in the history of science and American metaphysical literature for the University of Chicago Press collectively entitled The Super Story.
His full body of work can be seen at http://kripal.rice.edu/.
Ed Kelly, Ph.D.
Edward F. Kelly, Ph.D., is Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia, and lead author of Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century, which was developed under the auspices of the Esalen Center for Theory & Research.
Ed moved to Virginia from the University of North Carolina, where he used EEG and fMRI neuro-imaging techniques to study somatosensory cortical plasticity in humans, having previously spent over ten years working full-time in experimental para-psychology, first at J.B. Rhine's Rhine Research Institute and subsequently in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Duke. At UVa he has returned to his central long-term research interests, which revolve around mind/brain relations, and functional neuro-imaging studies of altered states of consciousness and psi.
Adam Crabtree is a psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in dissociative identity disorder and other dissociative disorders. He is on the faculty of the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy and director of the LingYu psychotherapy training program in Toronto.
He is author of Multiple Man: Explorations in Possession and Multiple Personality. He has published the only extensive modern bibliography of mesmerism and its offshoots: Animal Magnetism, Early Hypnotism and Psychical Research, from 1766-1920, an Annotated Bibliography. His study of the origins of dynamic psychiatry and psychology is titled From Mesmer to Freud: Magnetic Sleep and the Roots of Psychological Healing.
He is author of writings in the areas of the history of psychotherapy, hypnosis and psychical research, as well as papers on William James and Charles Sanders Peirce. He wrote Trance Zero: The Psychology of Maximum Experience and is a contributing author of Irreducible Mind: Toward A Psychology for the 21st Century. He has called for a reconsideration and redefinition of hypnosis as a species of trance and has just completed a book manuscript with that theme: Memoir of a Trance Therapist: A Biographical History of an Idea.