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Dean Radin's The Conscious Universe forever lays to rest any question as to the experimentally. accept the reality of psychic phenomena is itself prima facie unscientific and untenable. "persuasive scientific evidence for psi requires independently replicated, controlled. where humans are mere “gypsies marooned on the edge of a universe The result of my effort was a book, used as a text, entitled: “The Conscious Universe. The conscious universe: the scientific truth of psychic phenomena / Dean I. Radin. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0.
This demonstration has accelerated Stage 2 acceptance, and Stage 3 can already be glimpsed on the horizon. Both of us at that time were awaiting the results of some experiments being conducted under the direction of the physicist Alain Aspect at the University of Paris-South. It is recommended that future experiments focus on understanding how this phenomenon works, and on how to make it as useful as possible. When discussing the reality of psi phenomena, especially from the scientific perspective, one question always hovers in the background: In , the National Research Council reviewed parapsychology the scientific discipline that studies of psi at the request of the US Army.
Arguments that these results could be due to methodological flaws in the experiments are soundly refuted. Such consistency cannot be readily explained by claims of flaws or fraud. It is recommended that future experiments focus on understanding how this phenomenon works, and on how to make it as useful as possible.
There is little benefit to continuing experiments designed to offer proof..
Surprisingly, the other principal reviewer, skeptic Ray Hyman, agreed: I tend to agree with Professor Utts that real effects are occurring in these experiments. Something other than chance departures from the null hypothesis has occurred in these experiments. These opinions are even being reflected in the staid realm of college textbooks.
One of the most popular books in the history of college publishing is Introduction to Psychology by Richard L. Atkinson and three co-authors. A portion of the preface in the edition of this textbook reads: And although we still have strong reservations about most of the research in parapsychology, we find the recent work on telepathy worthy of careful consideration. The May, , issue of New Scientist , a popular British science magazine, carried a five-page cover story on telepathy research.
It opened with the line, "Psychic research has long been written off as the stuff of cranks and frauds. If all this is true, then a thousand other questions immediately bubble up. Why is this topic so controversial? Who has psi? How does it work?
What are its implications and applications? These are all good questions, and this book will attempt to answer them through four general themes: Motivation , Evidence , Understanding and Implications. Why should anyone take psychic phenomena seriously?
The answer rests on the strength of the scientific evidence, which stands on its own merits. But to fully appreciate why the scientific case is so persuasive, and why has there been any scientific controversy at all, we have to take a bit of a circuitous route. That route will first consider the language used to discuss psi to show how many confusions over this topic are due to misunderstood and misapplied words Chapter 2.
This is followed by examples of common human experiences that provide hints about the existence and nature of psi phenomena Chapter 3. We will then consider the topic of replication , where we will learn what counts as valid scientific evidence Chapter 4.
In sum, the motivations underlying this scientific exploration can be found in mythology, folk tales, religious doctrines, and innumerable personal anecdotes.
Stories, after all, invariably reflect subjective beliefs and faith, which may or may not be true. While not as exciting as folklore and anecdotes, from the scientific perspective these data were more meaningful because they were produced according to well-accepted scientific procedures.
Scores of scientists from around the world had quietly contributed these studies. Today, with more than a hundred years of research on this topic, an immense amount of scientific evidence has been accumulated.
Contrary to the assertions of some skeptics, the question is not whether there is any scientific evidence, but "What does a proper evaluation of the evidence reveal," and "Has positive evidence been independently replicated? Theme 2 discusses the main categories of psi experiments and the evidence that the effects seen in these experiments are genuinely replicable. The evidence is based on analysis of over a thousand experiments investigating various forms of telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, psychic healing, and psychokinesis presented in Chapters 6 through The evidence for these basic phenomena is so well-established that most psi researchers today no longer conduct "proof-oriented" experiments.
Instead, they focus largely on "process-oriented" questions like, What influences psi performance, and How does it work?
Also presented are experiments exploring how psi interacts with more mundane aspects of human experience like unusual physical effects associated with the "mass mind" of groups of people Chapter 11 , psi effects in casino gambling and lottery games Chapter 12 , and applications of psi Chapter The wealth of scientific evidence discussed in Theme 2 will show that some psi phenomena exist, and that they are probably expressed in more ways than anyone had previously thought.
The vast majority of the information used to make this case has been publicly available for years. One might expect then that the growing scientific evidence for genuine psi would have raised great curiosity. Funding would flow, and researchers around the world would be attempting to replicate these effects. After all, the implications of genuine psi are profoundly important for both theoretical and practical reasons.
But this has not yet been the case.
Few scientists are aware that any scientifically valid case can be made for psi, and fewer still realize that the cumulative evidence is highly persuasive. In Theme 3 we consider why this is so. One reason is that the information discussed here has been suppressed and ridiculed by a relatively small group of highly skeptical philosophers and scientists Chapter Are the skeptics right, and all of the scientists reporting successful psi experiments over the past century simply delusional or incompetent?
Or there is another explanation for the skepticism? We will see that because scientists are also human, the process of evaluating scientific claims is not as pristinely rational or logical as the general public believes Chapter The tendency to adopt a fixed set of beliefs and defend them to the death is incompatible with science, which is essentially a loose confederation of evolving theories in many domains. Unfortunately, this tendency has driven some scientists to continue to defending outmoded, inaccurate world-views.
One hopes that such skeptics would occasionally apply a little skepticism to their own positions, but history amply demonstrates that science progresses mainly by funerals, not by reason and logic alone. Understanding why the public has generally accepted the existence of psi and why science has generally rejected it requires an examination of the origins of science Chapter In exploring this clash of beliefs, we will discover that the scientific controversy has had very little to do with the evidence itself, and very much to do with the psychology, sociology and history of science.
Discussions about underlying assumptions in science rarely surface in skeptical debates over psi, because this topic involves deeply held, often unexamined beliefs about the nature of the world. It is much easier to imagine a potential flaw in one experiment, and use that flaw to cast doubt on an entire class of experiments, than it is to consider the overall results of a thousand similar studies.
A related issue is how science deals with anomalies , those extraordinary "damn facts" that challenge mainstream theories. Along with an understanding of the nature and value of anomalies, and how scientists react to them, we will explore the role that prejudice, in the literal sense of "pre-judging," has played in controlling what is presumed to be scientifically valid.
Other issues, like how scientific disciplines rarely talk to each other, and the historical abyss between science and religion, make it abundantly clear that if psychic experiences were any other form of curious natural phenomena, they would have been adopted long ago by the scientific mainstream on the basis of the evidence alone.
Beyond the themes of motivation, evidence, and understanding, resides the question, So what? Why should anyone care if psi is real or not? The eventual scientific acceptance of psychic phenomena is inevitable. The origins of acceptance are already brewing through the persuasive weight of the laboratory evidence. There are converging theoretical developments from many disciplines offering glimpses at ways of understanding how psi works Chapter There are explorations of psi effects by major industrial labs, evaluation of claims of psychic healing by the Office of Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health, and articles about psi research appearing in the "serious" media.
As acceptance grows, the implications of psi will become more apparent. But we already know that these phenomena present profound challenges to many aspects of science, philosophy and religion Chapter These challenges will nudge scientists to reconsider basic assumptions about space, time, mind, and matter.
Philosophers will rekindle the perennial debates over the role of consciousness in the physical world. Theologians will reconsider the concept of divine intervention, as some phenomena previously considered to be miracles will probably become subject to scientific understanding.
These reconsiderations are long overdue. An exclusive focus on what might be called "the outer world" has led to a grievous split between the private world of human experience and the public world as described by science. Coming to Terms with Quantum Non-local Reality. Changing the Rules: The New Epistemology of Science. Searching for the Ground: Mutation, Mind, and the Epistemology of Science. Science and the Quest for a New Metaphysics. The Road Untraveled: Enlarging the New Logical Framework of Complementarity.
The Emergence of a New Vision: The Unfolding Universe. The Ceremony of Innocence: Science and Ethics.
Back Matter Pages About this book Introduction This discussion resulted from a dialogue which began some seven years ago between a physicist who specializes in astrophysics, general relativity, and the foundations of quantum theory, and a student of cultural history who had done post-doctoral work in the history and philosophy of science.
Both of us at that time were awaiting the results of some experiments being conducted under the direction of the physicist Alain Aspect at the University of Paris-South.