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Record Type: Review   ID: 258

The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena

Radin, Dean I.

 Radin begins this insightful yet breezy introduction to parapsychology with a discussion of motivation, including terminology and coming to grips with the subject matter of the field. After a brief chapter on psychical experiences he turns to the importance of replication and the results of meta-analysis. The second theme is Evidence, specifically telepathy; clairvoyance; precognition; PK; field consciousness; or group psi; consciousness fields; and applications, including gambling and psi. The third theme is Understanding, beginning with the criticisms of the findings, and then an interesting chapter on seeing the evidence without blocks, filters, and bias. This section closes with a discussion of metaphysics in answer to why "mainstream science so vigorously resist[s] the experimental evidence for psi" (p. 249), including a history of the philosophy of science. He also discusses interconnectedness, which is not only evidenced by parapsychology but also physics. In the final two chapters he considers "how leading-edge theoretical developments are converging toward a scientific explanation of psi," the implications of psi, and what the future of the field may be, with the emphasis on applications in medicine, technology, military intelligence, business and politics. In a postscript he presents his personal view of psi.
Publisher Information:New York: Harper Collins, 1997. xii + 362p. Bibl: 321-345; Chap. notes: 305-320; 9 figs; 47 graphs; Index: 347-362; 2 tables
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