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More filters. Sort order. Jul 29, Cooper Cooper rated it it was amazing. Brief Review Physicist-turned-parapsychologist Dean Radin demonstrates in almost painful detail that based on a combination of rigorous laboratory testing and equally rigorous meta-analysis, the existence of psi phenomena telepathy, precogniton, psychokinetics, etc. The only question is: how does psi work? Radin also explains in detail why he thinks conventional scientists have so vigorously resisted usually by refusing to examine it the evidence. Highly recommended for the Brief Review Physicist-turned-parapsychologist Dean Radin demonstrates in almost painful detail that based on a combination of rigorous laboratory testing and equally rigorous meta-analysis, the existence of psi phenomena telepathy, precogniton, psychokinetics, etc.
Highly recommended for the skeptical. Expanded Review A few years ago I was looking for a book that summarizes the current state-of-the-field in psi research, written by someone with a well-trained and rigorous left brain. This is that book. Radin is a theoretical physicist who did conventional physics at Bell Labs and got interested in psi not because of some metanoic experience but because he thought that if there's any truth to psi, it might become the most exciting area in physics, expanding the discipline's models-of-the-world much as quantum physics did earlier in the century.
While still at Bell Labs Radin started investigating psi, and continued his work at think tank SRI International, which did psi studies for companies and also for various government agencies including the CIA. Radin now has his own psi lab at University of Nevada. Although he throws in a few interesting anecdotal cases, Radin devotes most of his time to: 1 presenting the overwhelming, lab-based scientific evidence for psi, and 2 discussing the reasons that mainstream scientists have studiously ignored this evidence in particular and the field in general.
Two factors combine to make Radin's evidence persuasive. First, there have been a great many under-publicized lab studies of psi over the past thirty years or so, and these have 1 been rigorously designed as double blind studies that take into account criticisms of earlier, less rigorous work, and 2 employed new computer and video technology, completely automated to exclude the possibility of contamination by the experimenters or subjects.
Second, during roughly the same period, there have been numerous statistically rigorous meta-analyses of all prior recorded studies of each of the major psi phenomena clairvoyance or remote viewing, telepathy, precognition, telekinesis or action-at-a-distance. The evidential standards applied to these lab studies and meta-analyses were more rigorous than those applied to most experiments in conventional physics.
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Collectively, the odds-against are astronomical. Radin makes it clear that though we know definitively that psi perception exists, we don't know how it works. He briefly discusses some of the theories, none of which is demonstrated or even thoroughly persuasive. But this is true of many well-tested scientific theories that we take for granted: they describe accurately, but do not adequately explain. Radin thinks that psi ability has a bell-shaped distribution in the population much like any other talent such as music, athletics or conceptual intelligence, with virtually everyone having some talent for psi and a small percentage of folks with extraordinary talent.
Radin has worked with some of the latter—for instance, a retired police chief who was able to "remote view" the exact contents of a Soviet facility spotted by but impenetrable to U. Unfortunately, conventional U. This may be changing. Radin uses the 4-phase Paradigm for Scientific Change to position the scientific culture's current view of psi. The 4 phases: 1-"Impossible!
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May be something to it. Can phase 3 be far behind? View 1 comment. Oct 21, Maarten Koller rated it did not like it. Most of the information in this book is wrong, wrongly interpreted or misleading. The rest is bullshit. I believed everything. Well, at least until I learned how to think and how to read scientific articles. During my studies to become a psychologist I had the o Most of the information in this book is wrong, wrongly interpreted or misleading.
During my studies to become a psychologist I had the opportunity to take a course on paranormality where this book was used as study material. The course itself was bad and the book likewise. If you are truly interested to see why this book is as bad as I found it, please see the links I provided. They are much more extensive than I could ever be. View all 6 comments.
Mar 14, blakeR rated it liked it Shelves: philosophy-science. Who would have thought a book about pyschic phenomena -- an otherwise fascinating topic -- could be so boring and tedious? As a compelling argument for the indisputable evidence proving the existence of psi, this book succeeds. As an engaging, evenly-paced book, it fails pretty solidly.
Overall, Radin probably could have achieved his stated goal using less pages. The middle chapters, where Radin describes all of the different experiments and their results, bog down starting around the Mind Who would have thought a book about pyschic phenomena -- an otherwise fascinating topic -- could be so boring and tedious?
The middle chapters, where Radin describes all of the different experiments and their results, bog down starting around the Mind-Affecting-Living-Organisms chapter. It's strange, but he manages to sap just about all of the drama out of the proceedings by his mechanical account of the same statistics in each experiment, the same criticisms raised by skeptics, and yet another reminder of how these experiments too controvert the crticisms. After the first several instances these experiments could have been summarized in a much more efficient way, allowing for a more interesting discussion of the implications of each solitary phenomenon.
The chapters on Random Number Generators seemed interminable. The last few chapters are uninteresting for another reason: they appear out of place in the context of the rest of the book.
Radin suddenly attempts an in-depth theoretical discussion of quantum physics and the possible implications of psi on different areas of study. Most of these implications appeared half-baked and not very well considered, which left me wondering why he even needed to include it, or at least so much of it. The other major issue I had with Radin's book is that his use of statistics is convoluted and poorly explained. To be sure, the meta-analyses he cites sure sound impressive, but I still don't really understand what they mean.
We are essentially expected to take his word that this is the best way to determine clinical significance However, in reading some criticisms of his book I have found that this is apparently not the case. See, for example, the very thorough Carroll review. There are other choices he made in analysis, especially with respect to the RNGs, that were just mystifying, and it struck me as strange that he would spend so much time on the minutiae of each experiment but neglect to explain basic reasoning behind his analysis. I suppose that the evidence he presented was mostly convincing, but it left me somewhat suspicious.
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Overall, the positives of the book providing solid evidence for psychic phenomena, explaining why more people aren't aware of this evidence overcome the negatives, but not by much. These basic ideas are what the book should have focused on, because those are the main concerns of lay people, for whom the book -- with its rudimentary and overindulgent explanations -- was obviously intended.
Not Bad Reviews blakerosser View all 3 comments. Apr 22, Gregory rated it it was amazing Shelves: finished , compeletd-reading. So far ,,, about 50 pages into this, reads like soft butter. Really well written. More later. Actually ,,, going to let it sit and reread the last two chapters again. Scope is similar to 'Manifesting Michaelangelo' J. Ferrell, and Dean Radin are on parrellel thoughts but also on parrellel lines aiming toward the same type of concept but from different starting points.
Again more later when done with Ferrell book. If statistics bore you, don't read this. But keep in mind that practically all scientific experimentation relies on statistics, and almost all current theories of the fundamental functions of the universe are probabilistic. All pharmaceutical testing also relies on statistics. Does aspirin help to reduce coronary disease and strokes? The analysis of the results of the tests, and the answer itself, are in terms of statistics.
On the bright side, Radin does a marvellous job of explaining statistics If statistics bore you, don't read this. On the bright side, Radin does a marvellous job of explaining statistics and the meaning thereof so that even people who have never before heard of the words 'standard deviation' can understand what statistics do and how they are used.
Not despite this, but because of it, this is one of the best books I've ever read. Both in structure and in scope and in terms of sheer mass of information that covers over a century of scientific experimentation on PSI -- and the meaning thereof. And it is scientific. Anyone with a basic understanding of scientific method, statistics, and how empirical experimentation - e. Unless one's preconceived world-view prevents one from doing so.
This too is a well-known and well-studied effect in conventional Psychology. Presented with evidence that contradicts one's established world-view leads to what is called cognitive dissonance -- which often leads to frustration and anger -- and furious accusations of fraud when the presented evidence cannot reasonably be dismissed in any other way. Which, frankly, explains a lot about the world in general.
This is an excellent work that I would read over and over again and enjoy it every time. Still, I have to remember that it is a study, some research work. I guess I was greedy and I wished for more stories and further elaborations, but for these, and thanks to the author, I am going to be checking interesting works such as Mental Radio and Fantasms of the Living, all of which are available as pdf books online for free download.