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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harperone; Reprint edition (June 11 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061778990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061778995
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Holding up such anomalies as ESP, psychokinesis, prayer, near-death experiences, and reincarnation under the cool light of scientific scrutiny can be a daunting task. Dean Radin, director of the Consciousness Research Laboratory at the University of Nevada, rises to the challenge in the pioneering and exhaustively researched The Conscious Universe. Fans of The X-Files will need no further convincing, but for the remaining skeptics, this easy-to-read mix of history, scientific evidence, and proclamations ("When modern science began about three hundred years ago, one of the consequences of separating mind and matter was that science slowly lost its mind.") will authenticate the existence of psychic phenomena.

Radin creates two categories: the perceiving of objects or events beyond our ordinary sense capabilities and the triggering or influencing of action through mental powers. Radin aims to present simply and clearly the basic elements from science, psychology, and physics that prove the existence psychic phenomena. Given the tacit acceptance of psychic phenomena as "real," why do both government and mainstream science repudiate the claims and the evidence, yet continue to exploit them?

The Conscious Universe challenges our most basic assumptions about reality, those that exist in both the upper echelons of science and in the basic daily interactions. It’s a mind-bending exploration of how and what we see. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Radin is a mix of curiosity, scholarship, technical expertise, and sly wit. (New York Times Magazine)

Looking through The Lost Symbol, it seems that the “new” topic that will benefit from “the Dan Brown effect” is Noetic Science. . . . parapsychology researcher Dean Radin is at the Institute of Noetic Science - these “heretical science” topics are likely to generate much debate. (MSNBC's Cosmic Log)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "wickiesnout" on May 28 2004
Format: Hardcover
I never believed in psychic phenomena. I still don't. But I also can't casually dismiss the results of hundreds of experiments indicating that something peculiar is going on that certainly looks like psychic phenomena. This book led me to track down and read a number of the original journal articles reporting experiments on psychic phenomena, especially those from the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Laboratory. If these results really are what they appear to be, then some psychic effects are real. Accepting this idea would have such a shocking impact on science that it's no wonder parapsychology is relegated to the far fringe (at best). This book summarizes a large body of experimental data from a scientific point of view and, as such, it probably wouldn't appeal to someone looking for ghostbusting stories. But for the scientifically minded, this book is far more mind-blowing than ghost stories because it just might be true.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cliente Amazon on Feb. 28 2003
Format: Hardcover
The results of Radin's meta-analysis are certainly impressive if you take them at face value. The problem is just that you can't do it.
Radin's alleged evidence is largely based in the use of the "fail safe file drawer" method to account for the publication bias, which assumes that the unpublished studies are unbiased. However, the real fact is that in psi research you can certainly assume that a study reaches the literature only when it has been successful, and then the unpublished studies are biased by definition. Through this method, Radin enormously overestimates the size of the so-called "file drawer" (amount of additional experiments necessary to bring the combined results down to chance).
Apart from any problem in the meta-analysis, there's the fact that individual results from other investigators are uncritically accepted. Even downplaying any possibilities of cheating, we must unfortunately be careful about the use of statistics in psi research. Skeptics have not been that unsuccessful explaining these results through publication bias, selective reporting, and optional stopping.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan Wilder on Aug. 13 2003
Format: Hardcover
Dean Radin shows very compelling evidence for the existence of PSI phenomena in a truly impressive volume. Some people will not like it. They have claimed it is the result of the 'file drawer,' which I am afraid is not so. Great care is taken to expose all the studies; however, these are the same people who screamed more evidence. When they were given meta-analysis, they screamed for more. New skepticism, however, seems to be the equivalent with irrationalism. If you look around, most individuals trying to debunk Radin's work are using anecdotes (very scientific, isn't it?) and it is obvious in other cases that they had not even read the book, or know the field at all. Psychology experiments (which we take as science), by the way, often have a pretty dismal and variable record of repeatability; once established, however, they certainly aren't repeated ad nauseam, just to convince skeptics that actually ADMIT that even if there was proof, they would not believe it.
For an open mind, willing to gloss through the NUMBERS, quantifiable data (the stuff of science that hard nosed skeptics claim they are defending), this will be a wonderful book. Something IS going on, it is still a question of what. The PEAR experiments seem to be especially interesting. Highly recommended.
PS: It seems some quite ok-funded research is going on in Japan, which is at least partially a reason to think that there is a somewhat brighter future here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harrison Koehli TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 30 2013
Format: Hardcover
Radin's book (***1/2) covers similar ground as Richard Broughton's excellent introduction to the topic (Parapsychology: The Controversial Science), but is more up to date (albeit, only by 6 years) and focuses more on experimental procedures and Radin's specialty: meta-analysis. Basically, meta-analysis treats a whole bunch of experiments as one big experiment. So if one study only had 10 subjects, those 10 data points can be added to the pool, giving a better picture of the actual effects being measured. At the time of writing, here are a few statistics Radin shares: dream telepathy (450 sessions, chance: 50%, result: 62%, odds: 75,000,000:1), ganzfeld (2,549 sessions, chance: 25%, result: 33%, odds: 1,000,000,000,000,000:1), ESP cards (907,000 trials, chance: 20%, result: 20.6%), all clairvoyance tests combined (chance: 50%, result: 53%), dice rolling (2.6 million dice throws, chance/control: 50.02%, result: 51.2%, odds: 1,000,000,000:1), RNG tests (832 studies, chance: 50%, result: 51%, odds: 1,000,000,000,000:1), distant mental interaction on human electrodermal activity (400 sessions, chance: 50%, result: 53%, odds: 1,400,000:1), 'feeling of being stared at' (chance: 50%, results: 63%, odds: 3,800,000:1). The confidence intervals fall outside of chance, an the results can't be ascribed to faulty methodology or the 'file-drawer effect' (i.e., unpublished negative results). In other words, there is a definite effect being measured here.

Also interesting are the 'field consciousness' studies, using RNGs during events involving large numbers of people focussing on the same thing (e.g., the Academy awards), and his 'pis in the casino' tests, both showing positive results. Interesting facts: Group PK may influence the weather. Psi improves when geomagnetic field fluctuations decrease.
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