Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality [NOOK Book]

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IS EVERYTHING CONNECTED?

Can we sense what's happening to loved ones thousands of miles away? Why are we sometimes certain of a caller's identity the instant the phone rings? Do intuitive hunches contain information about future events? Is it possible to perceive without the use of the ordinary senses?

Many people believe that such "psychic phenomena" are rare talents or ...
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Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality

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Overview

IS EVERYTHING CONNECTED?

Can we sense what's happening to loved ones thousands of miles away? Why are we sometimes certain of a caller's identity the instant the phone rings? Do intuitive hunches contain information about future events? Is it possible to perceive without the use of the ordinary senses?

Many people believe that such "psychic phenomena" are rare talents or divine gifts. Others don't believe they exist at all. But the latest scientific research shows that these phenomena are both real and widespread, and are an unavoidable consequence of the interconnected, entangled physical reality we live in.

Albert Einstein called entanglement "spooky action at a distance" -- the way two objects remain connected through time and space, without communicating in any conventional way, long after their initial interaction has taken place. Could a similar entanglement of minds explain our apparent psychic abilities? Dean Radin, senior scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, believes it might.

In this illuminating book, Radin shows how we know that psychic phenomena such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and psychokinesis are real, based on scientific evidence from thousands of controlled lab tests. Radin surveys the origins of this research and explores, among many topics, the collective premonitions of 9/11. He reveals the physical reality behind our uncanny telepathic experiences and intuitive hunches, and he debunks the skeptical myths surrounding them. Entangled Minds sets the stage for a rational, scientific understanding of psychic experience.
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An attempt to enlist quantum mechanics to explain ESP phenomena. Radin (Institute of Noetic Sciences) begins by describing quantum entanglement, in which subatomic particles separated by large distances appear to exchange information about their physical states almost instantly. He then detours into an attack on ESP debunkers. A history of psychic research follows (neglecting to mention that some of the pioneers later admitted faking their results). Radin then presents a summary of ESP experiments he feels meet the strictest standards of repeatability, careful design and high reliability. The experiments include attempts to send images to dreaming subjects, to influence the roll of dice and to predict future events; Radin describes the experiments and gives detailed summaries of the results. This is the most impressive section of the book; while some results can undoubtedly be explained away, many are not easy to dismiss. Radin then steps back to examine the theoretical basis for ESP, granting that the evident factuality of certain results does not justify the assumption that all psychic phenomena are therefore true. A brief history of physics leads up to Bell's theorem, a 1964 proof that quantum paradoxes cannot be explained by any "higher logic," as Einstein had long hoped. Here, Radin pins his hopes for the eventual vindication of ESP: If distant objects are related by quantum effects, then psychics may be tapping into the quantum realm to gain their insights. A final chapter reiterates the claim that ESP has been proven to a degree of certainty that no fair-minded person can deny; attempts to refute the skeptics; and predicts that, in the future, ESP will be the subject of universityscientific studies. A good summary of current ESP research, though the writer's defensiveness detracts from his core of thought-provoking data. Take it with several grains of salt.
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"From the Einstein of consciousness research comes a work that could change forever how we view the nature of human consciousness and our origins and destiny." — Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words

"Dean Radin brings parapsychology into mainstream science. The revolution has begun." — Deepak Chopra, author of The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439187937
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 11/24/2009
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 144,135
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Dean Radin, Ph.D., is Laboratory Director at the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, California. He worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories and GTE Laboratories on advanced telecommunications systems, and for nearly two decades he has conducted research on psychic phenomena in academia (Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, University of Nevada), and in three Silicon Valley think tanks (Interval Research Corporation, Boundary Institute, and SRI International). At SRI he served as a scientist on a highly classified program investigating psi phenomena for the U.S. government. Radin is the author of The Conscious Universe, which was a #1 parapsychology bestseller at Amazon.com. It also won the 1997 Book Award from The Scientific and Medical Network, a Best Book Award from The Anomalist, and it has been translated into eight languages.
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Preface

If you do not get schwindlig [dizzy] sometimes when you think about these things then you have not really understood it [quantum theory].

Niels Bohr

One of the most surprising discoveries of modern physics is that objects aren't as separate as they may seem. When you drill down into the core of even the most solid-looking material, separateness dissolves. All that remains, like the smile of the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, are relationships extending curiously throughout space and time. These connections were predicted by quantum theory and were called "spooky action at a distance" by Albert Einstein. One of the founders of quantum theory, Erwin Schrödinger, dubbed this peculiarity entanglement, and said "I would not call that one but rather the characteristic trait of quantum mechanics."

The deeper reality suggested by the existence of entanglement is so unlike the world of everyday experience that until recently, many physicists believed it was interesting only for abstract theoretical reasons. They accepted that the microscopic world of elementary particles could become curiously entangled, but those entangled states were assumed to be fleeting and have no practical consequences for the world as we experience it. That view is rapidly changing.

Scientists are now finding that there are ways in which the effects of microscopic entanglements "scale up" into our macroscopic world. Entangled connections between carefully prepared atomic-sized objects can persist over many miles. There are theoretical descriptions showing how tasks can be accomplished by entangled groups without the members of the group communicating with each other in any conventional way. Some scientists suggest that the remarkable degree of coherence displayed in living systems might depend in some fundamental way on quantum effects like entanglement. Others suggest that conscious awareness is caused or related in some important way to entangled particles in the brain. Some even propose that the entire universe is a single, self-entangled object.

If these speculations are correct, then what would human experience be like in such an interconnected universe? Would we occasionally have numinous feelings of connectedness with loved ones, even at a distance? Would such experiences evoke a feeling of awe that there's more to reality than common sense implies? Could "entangled minds" be involved when you hear the telephone ring and somehow know -- instantly -- who's calling? If we did have such experiences, could they be due to real information that somehow bypassed the usual sensory channels? Or are such reports better understood as coincidences or delusions?

These are the types of questions explored in this book. We'll find that there's substantial experimental evidence for a few types of genuine psi phenomena. And we'll learn why, until very recently, science has largely ignored these interesting effects. For centuries, scientists assumed that everything can be explained by mechanisms analogous to clockworks. Then, to everyone's surprise, over the course of the twentieth century we learned that this commonsense assumption is wrong. When the fabric of reality is examined very closely, nothing resembling clockworks can be found. Instead, reality is woven from strange, "holistic" threads that aren't located precisely in space or time. Tug on a dangling loose end from this fabric of reality, and the whole cloth twitches, instantly, throughout all space and time.

Science is at the very earliest stages of understanding entanglement, and there is much yet to learn. But what we've seen so far provides a new way of thinking about psi. No longer are psi experiences regarded as rare human talents, divine gifts, or "powers" that magically transcend ordinary physical boundaries. Instead, psi becomes an unavoidable consequence of living in an interconnected, entangled physical reality. Psi is reframed from a bizarre anomaly that doesn't fit into the normal world -- and hence is labeled paranormal -- into a natural phenomenon of physics.

The idea of the universe as an interconnected whole is not new; for millennia it's been one of the core assumptions underlying Eastern philosophies. What is new is that Western science is slowly beginning to realize that some elements of that ancient lore might have been correct. Of course, adopting a new ontology is not to be taken lightly. When it comes to serious topics like one's view of reality, it's sensible to adopt the conservative maxim, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." So we're obliged to carefully examine the evidence and see if psi is real or not. If the conclusion is positive, then previous assumptions about the relationship between mind and matter are wrong and we'll need to come up with alternatives.

As we explore the concept of psi as "entangled minds," we'll consider examples of psi experiences in life and lab, we'll take a survey of the origins of psi research, we'll explore the outcomes of thousands of controlled laboratory tests, and we'll debunk some skeptical myths. Then we'll explore the fabric of reality as revealed by modern physics and see why it's becoming increasingly relevant to understanding why and how psi exists. At the end, we'll find that the nineteenth century English poet Francis Thompson may have said it best:

All things by immortal power,

Near and Far

Hiddenly

To each other linked are,

That thou canst not stir a flower

Without troubling of a star Copyright ©2006 by Dean Radin, Ph.D.

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

    Disappointed

    I'm not sorry that I read the book. It is just mainly a list of things tried in esp experiments with maybe maybe not results. There is no real meat to this book. I was frankly disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2006

    Zero Credibility

    This book is utter nonsense. Spoon bending? The author, Dean Radin, fell for spoon bending??? (see endnote 1 on page 331). Sorry, but given that, his credibility is zero or less. Just as bad, Radin can only offer lame excuses (page 290) for not pursuing some of the many prizes that are being offered for a valid, definitive demonstration of psi. (If the evidence is as strong as Radin claims, he should have already walked home with several of these prizes.) Radin complains that he'd have to spend more than a million in order to win the million dollar prize James Randi is offering. But all Radin would have to do is demonstrate his spoon bending ability under scientific conditions. If Radin can bend spoons as he claims, it should be an easy million for him.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    The Essential PSI Research Primer

    ENTANGLED MINDS takes us on an exciting journey into the most cutting-edge scientific research pertaining to psychic phenomena, or 'PSI.' Not only does author Dean Radin present a thorough history and analysis of experiments in the fields of telepathy, clairvoyance and psychokinesis, but he does so with such brilliant clarity that these otherwise occult topics are illuminated sufficiently for any layperson to begin to see that these metaphysical areas of research have far-reaching consequences that none of us can afford to ignore. If PSI is proven to be a real, rather than an imaginary phenomena, we will be well advised to take PSI into account in fields of history, scientific research, medicine, and every form of social dynamics, including sporting events and international conflicts. The quantum entanglement that Albert Einstein called, 'spooky action at a distance' may just be the key to comprehending how we may all be interconnected at a very deep, fundamental level. Radin is uniquely suited to describing what we now know about PSI, since he is currently employed as laboratory director of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and is one of less than 50 conventionally trained doctoral level scientists currently engaged in full-time PSI research. My favorite part of ENTANGLED MINDS is reading about how Radin and other PSI researchers were quick to note the tremendous opportunity available to them to track world-wide psychic responses to significant events. I also love the way this book describes how some of the more mysterious phenomena, such as presentiment, or responding to a stimuli in advance of physically experiencing it, are currently being scientifically studied. ENTANGLED MINDS truly shines when it describes meta- analysis results for a wide variety of research topics, in which previous scientific analyses are analyzed. ENTANGLED MINDS is highly recommended reading for anyone interested in a more complete understanding of how humans interact with the world. While PSI may currently be considered a controversial 'fringe' topic, Radin explains that, 'History shows as the scientific frontiers continue to expand, the supernatural evolves into the paranormal, and then into normal.' ENTANGLED MINDS is a truly courageous book that inspires all of us to consider a rational, scientific view of psychic experiences... and imagine what kind of world we can create together when we understand just how interconnected we really are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2007

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    The twentieth century saw a phenomenal expansion of science into previously unexplored realms. Two of these realms: quantum physics and psi phenomena 'information transfer outside the senses' turn the accepted classical worldview on its head, and hold the promise of a new view of reality and human potential. Dean Radin¿s new book Entangled Minds stands at the crossroads of these two fields of research as he looks to the possibility that the quantum ¿entangled¿ nature of reality is the underlying mediator of psi effects. Radin begins his book with a fascinating and eye-opening review of the century or so of science on psi phenomena. Describing the experimental designs and the results of more than a thousand investigations 'with many thousands of trials' into telepathy, clairvoyance, presentiment and psychokinesis, he soberly and painstakingly reports on the studies, and provides meta-analyses of all the research. Did you know that from 1935 to 1987 about 2500 people attempted to mentally influence the fall of dice in 148 different experiments, and the odds that results were due to chance alone were 1096 to 1? And how about this? On the day when millions of people around the globe tuned in to the televised broadcast of Princess Diana¿s funeral, a dozen Random Number Generators located throughout the U.S. and Europe came into coherence with odds against chance of 100 to 1. So, are psi phenomena real? Through Radin¿s exhaustive and objective review, the open-minded reader is forced to concede, ¿There¿s something interesting going on here.¿ Overwhelmingly, the evidence from many thousands of trials cannot be explained as chance phenomena, which to my mind warrants much more investigation and resources devoted to this under-explored field of human potential. As a reader, I could connect with the frustration that Radin and other pioneers in this field must feel when confronted with the closed-minded skepticism of colleagues in science who, with a conservative eye on their careers, simply ¿don¿t want to go there¿ the media who rely on scientists for information and the ¿professional skeptics¿ who make it their business to ridicule efforts at genuine psi exploration. After making the case, Radin turns to the science of quantum physics to see how psi might fit in as a possible effect of the quantum reality we¿re immersed in but don¿t necessarily experience in our everyday macro world. He gives a summation of the various interpretations of quantum mechanics that have emerged over the last century, paying particular attention to the Stapp-Von Neumann approach that puts the mind back into the quantum measurement process. Radin suggests ¿the mind/brain might be a self-observing quantum object, and as such it resides within an entangled, nonlocal medium that just happens to be entirely compatible with the known characteristics of psi.¿ In other words, through the quantum nature of our being we may be connected to one another in some intimate but still mysterious way. Perhaps the mystery will be solved some day, but not if these kinds of psi studies continue to be relegated to the backwaters of science. So, the import of Dean Radin¿s work is great and far-reaching, and perhaps even urgent. The fractured worldview that sets us apart and usually against one another has not been too good for the planet lately. If you¿re open-minded and can entertain the possibility that we all have the capacity to know things outside our senses and influence one another with our minds, then read this book. Awareness of a capacity is the first step to opening it. ¿ Margaret Esterman, Executive Editor, Great River Books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    From metaphysics to physics

    This book, mentioned recently on the Oprah show, presents a roadmap showing how common human experiences once thought to be supernatural metaphysics are transforming into natural physics. Skeptics who are always complaining that there is no valid scientific evidence for psychic phenomena are wrong -- Entangled Minds summarizes over a thousand experiments published in peer-reviewed journals. I was amazed at the wealth of available data. Some of the more advanced scientific techniques, including functional MRI, are now being used to successfully demonstrate telepathy in the laboratory.

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