Conscious Universe: The scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena

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Recently profiled in the New York Times Magazine. Dean Radin is perhaps the most respected parapsychology authority in the country. An articulate, engaging communicator, Radin wields impeccable credentials, a healthy skepticism and a meticulous scientific method to put "psi" phenomona like telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and mind-over-matter abilities to the hard test of science. His unprecedented manifesto makes a startingly persuasive case for the truth of psychic phenomena — and places us on the cusp of ...

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Recently profiled in the New York Times Magazine. Dean Radin is perhaps the most respected parapsychology authority in the country. An articulate, engaging communicator, Radin wields impeccable credentials, a healthy skepticism and a meticulous scientific method to put "psi" phenomona like telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and mind-over-matter abilities to the hard test of science. His unprecedented manifesto makes a startingly persuasive case for the truth of psychic phenomena — and places us on the cusp of what may well be the next great paradigm shift.

Uniting the latest in high-tech experiments, including irrefutable data from his own groundbreaking research, with teachings of mystics and theories of quantum physics, Radin explores myriad phenomena: from ESP to ghosts to psychokinesis. Radin reveals the remarkable extent to which psi is already tacitly acknowledged — and exploited — by Fortune 500 corporations and the U.S. government, then analyzes how the inevitable mass acceptance of the mind-matter link will affect social, economic, academic, health and spirtual issues. At once visionary and pragmatic, The Conscious Universe recalls the classics Godel, Escher, Bach and The Holographic Universe, yet transcends mere experiments to offer a bold new vision of the future.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780062515025
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Director of the Consciousness Research Laboratory at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and twice president of the Parapsychology Association, Dean Radin, Ph.D., has done cutting-edge parapsychology research for AT&T, Stanford, Princeton's Engineering Anomalies Research Lab, the University of Edinburgh, S.R.I. International, and the U.S. Government. He lives in Las Vegas, NV.

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What Is Psi?
Many errors, of a truth, consist merely in the application of the wrong names of things.
—Baruch Spinoza

Since primeval times, people have spoken of strange and sometimes profoundly meaningful personal experiences. Such experiences have been reported by the majority of the world's population and across all cultures. In modern times, they're still reported by most people, including the majority of college professors. These experiences, called "psychic" or psi, suggest the presence of deep, invisible interconnections among people, and between objects and people. The most curious aspect of psi experiences is that they seem to transcend the usual boundaries of time and space.

For over a century, these very same experiences have been systematically dismissed as impossible, or ridiculed as delusionary, by a small group of influential academics and journalists who have assumed that existing scientific theories are inviolate and complete. This has created a paradox. Many people believe in psi because of their experiences, and yet the defenders of the status quo have insisted that this belief is unjustified.

Paradoxes are extremely important because they point out logical contradictions in assumptions. The first cousins of paradoxes are anomalies, those unexplained oddities that crop up now and again in science. Like paradoxes, anomalies are useful for revealing possible gaps in prevailing theories. Sometimes the gaps and contradictions are resolved peacefully and the old theories are shown to accommodate the oddities after all. But that is not always the case, so paradoxes and anomalies are not much liked byscientists who have built their careers on conventional theories. Anomalies present annoying challenges to established ways of thinking, and because theories tend to take on a life of their own, no theory is going to lie down and die without putting up a strenuous fight.

Though anomalies may be seen as nuisances, the history of science shows that each anomaly carries a seed of potential revolution. If the seed can withstand the herbicides of repeated scrutiny, skepticism, and prejudice, it may germinate. It may then provoke a major breakthrough that reshapes the scientific landscape, allowing new technological and sociological concepts to bloom into a fresh vision of "common sense."

A long-held, commonsense assumption is that the worlds of the subjective and the objective are distinct, with absolutely no overlap. Subjective is "here, in the head," and objective is "there, out in the world." Psi phenomena suggest that the strict subjective-objective dichotomy may instead be part of a continuous spectrum, and that the usual assumptions about space and time are probably too restrictive.

The anomalies fall into three general categories: ESP (extrasensory perception), PK (psychokinesis, or mind-matter interaction), and phenomena suggestive of survival after bodily death, including near-death experiences, apparitions, and reincarnation (see the following definitions and figure 1.1). Most scientists who study psi today expect that further research will eventually explain these anomalies in scientific terms. It isn't clear, though, whether they can be fully understood without significant, possibly revolutionary, expansions of the current state of scientific knowledge.

What's in a Name?

In popular usage, psychic phenomena may be defined as follows:

telepathyInformation exchanged between two or more minds, without the use of the ordinary senses.

clairvoyance - Information received from a distance, beyond the reach of the ordinary senses. A French term meaning "clear-seeing." Also called "remote viewing."

psychokinesis - Mental interaction with animate or inanimate matter. Experiments suggest that it is more accurate to think of psychokinesis as information flowing from mind to matter, rather than as the application of mental forces or powers. Also called "mind-matter interaction," "PK," and sometimes, "telekinesis."

precognition - Information perceived about future events, where the information could not be inferred by ordinary means. Variations include "premonition," a foreboding of an unfavorable future event, and "presentiment," a sensing of a future emotion.

ESP - Extrasensory perception, a term popularized by J. B. Rhine in the 1930s. It refers to information perceived by telepathy, clairvoyance, or precognition.

psi - A letter of the Greek alphabet (y) used as a neutral term for all ESP type and psychokinetic phenomena.

Related Phenomena

OBE - Out-of-body experience; an experience of feeling separated from the body. Usually accompanied by visual perceptions reminiscent of clairvoyance.

NDE - Near-death experience; an experience sometimes reported by those who are revived from nearly dying. Often refers to a core experience that includes feelings of peace, OBE, seeing lights, and certain other phenomena. Related to psi primarily through the OBE experience.

reincarnationThe concept of dying and being reborn into a new life. The strongest evidence for this ancient idea comes from children, some of whom recollect verifiable details of previous lives. Related to psi by similarities to clairvoyance and telepathy.

haunting - Recurrent phenomena reported to occur in particular locations, including sightings of apparitions, strange sounds, movement of objects, and other anomalous physical and perceptual effects. Related to psi by similarities to psychokinesis and clairvoyance.

poltergeist - Large-scale psychokinetic phenomena previously attributed to spirits but now associated with a living person, frequently an adolescent. From the German for "noisy spirit."

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 What Is Psi? 13
Ch. 2 Experience 23
Ch. 3 Replication 33
Ch. 4 Meta-analysis 51
Ch. 5 Telepathy 61
Ch. 6 Perception at a Distance 91
Ch. 7 Perception Through Time 111
Ch. 8 Mind-Matter Interaction 127
Ch. 9 Mental Interactions with Living Organisms 147
Ch. 10 Field Consciousness 157
Ch. 11 Psi in the Casino 175
Ch. 12 Applications 191
Ch. 13 A Field Guide to Skepticism 205
Ch. 14 Seeing Psi 229
Ch. 15 Metaphysics 249
Ch. 16 Theory 277
Ch. 17 Implications 289
Postscript 299
Notes 305
References 321
Index 347
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 1999

    The truth about this book

    One of the reviewers dismissed this book because he claimed it 'focuses on anecdotes.' In fact, less than 5% of the 303 pages of text mentioned anecdotes, and these served only as illustrations of the experiences that motivate the scientific study of psychic phenomena. The same reviewer then claimed that 'unsuccessful psychic studies are less likely to be published than successful ones,' and that the filedrawer computation is incorrect. In fact, selective reporting is a problem in ALL of the experimental sciences, not just psi research, and the filedrawer computation used to address this problem is identical to the method used in hundreds of mainstream meta-analyses. The bottom line is this: By the same standards of evidence applied to the rest of science, there is now no doubt that some psychic effects are genuine. Complaints about the techniques used to reach this conclusion are arguments against well-accepted methods of science in general.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2004

    An Impressive Book Capturing Most Convincing Research on Psi

    The book reveals an interesting domain of science that has been quietly studying very common human experiences that have, paradoxically, been almost completely ignored by academic psychology. Because this isn't taught in academia, hardly anyone knows that hundreds of studies have been conducted by qualified scientists, worldwide and that results strongly suggesting existence of psi have been reported for over a century. Unfortunately, being a ¿product¿ of a society with a predominantly materialistic paradigm, many people find it difficult to keep an open-minded position towards the subject. But, as the history of humanity demonstrated multiple times, these effects do not go away just because a few individuals don¿t want to let go of their believes. Yet, a growing number of these studies are appearing in mainstream scientific journals. The nature of the scientific debate has changed over the years from 'it is impossible' to 'well, I don't know how to explain it so it probably isn't very interesting.' From a sociology of science perspective, that is a gigantic change in opinion. It changes the existential nature of the debate, i.e. from 'it doesn't exist' to 'it exists, but ...'. The book provides strong arguments that some of those 'bump in the night' experiences that are so commonly reported are scientifically plausible. The best research in this domain is not naive. Independent reviews of the methodology of the best studies show that they are as good as, or better, than the best studies in the other behavioral and social sciences. This is a dramatically different story from the usual skeptical opinions. It¿s a great read for people open to the fact that science, by definition, is in process of continuous progress, and, as experience shows, what seems shocking today is widely accepted tomorrow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2003

    Wow !!! This is the BOOK !!!

    After losing my son in a climbing accident three years ago I began searching for answers about life, death, and the universe. In three years I have carefully studied dozens of books from scientific, religious, new age, and philisophical writers. In the conscious universe Dr. Radin makes a compelling case for what we intuitively already know and does so without bias, or agenda. If you are searching for the truth I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2002

    IMPORTANT NOTICE!

    Finally the public is blessed with a book that clears up previous misconceptions,while clearly and intelligently stating the truth behind psychic phenomena. Material of this nature was long overdue, no doubt one of the best books of it's kind. It comes strongly reccomended to every member of the public especially hard-core sceptics who pasionately preach about the non-existence of psychic phenomena and wollow in ignorance, thus failing to learn the truth due to their strong prejudice against anything beyond their understandind, or anything which threatens their biased scientific or religious ideas. Read this book and learn the truth, Dean Radin's work is that of a genius. As for the the review written by the so called 'scientist and data analyst' .I reccomend you do not listen to their foul response. Their attempt to classify Radin's work as unscientific is absolutely ridiculous, they lacks the knowledge and position to make such claims.

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