The ESP Enigma: The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena

The ESP Enigma: The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena

by Diane Hennacy Powell, M.D.
     
 

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A revolutionary scientific explanation of the link between psychic phenomena and how human consciousness works.See more details below

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A revolutionary scientific explanation of the link between psychic phenomena and how human consciousness works.

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Publishers Weekly

In science it is axiomatic that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Powell, a neuropsychiatrist who has taught at Harvard Medical School, certainly makes extraordinary claims about "the four basic psychic abilities": telepathy, psychokinesis, clairvoyance and precognition. But her evidence is consistently below par. She relies on self-reported claims by psychics, hundred-year-old newspaper accounts and the results of studies published by organizations like the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research rather than in reputable, peer-reviewed scientific journals (and sometimes she cites no source at all). Powell is woefully short on mechanisms to explain the phenomena she claims are so common, although she does turn to quantum physics to assert that molecular resonance and the space-time continuum are likely responsible, and she finds evolutionary explanations for the existence of psychic phenomena. She claims, for instance, that psychic events are related to dreaming, which may have evolved so babies, who mostly sleep, can detect threats and communicate them psychically to their parents. Undaunted by the weak evidence, Powell asserts that she is on the forefront of a "Copernican revolution" of the mind. (Jan.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802719850
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
261,987
File size:
4 MB

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