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The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena [Paperback]

Dean Radin
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June 22 2009

This myth-shattering book explains the evidence for the veracity of psychic phenomena, uniting the teachings of mystics, the theories of quantum physics, and the latest in high-tech experiments. With painstaking research and deft, engaging prose, Radin dispels the misinformation and superstition that have clouded the understanding of scientists and laypeople alike concerning a host of fascinating oddities. Psychokinesis, remote viewing, prayer, jinxes, and more--all are real, all have been scientifically proven, and the proof is in this book.

Radin draws from his own work at Princeton, Stanford Research Institute, and Fortune 500 companies, as well as his research for the U.S. government, to demonstrate the surprising extent to which the truth of psi has already been tacitly acknowledged and exploited. The Conscious Universe also sifts the data for tantalizing hints of how mind and matter are linked. Finally, Radin takes a bold look ahead, to the inevitable social, economic, academic, and spiritual consequences of the mass realization that mind and matter can influence each other without having physical contact.

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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.


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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking May 28 2004
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Impressive taken at face value - but... Feb. 28 2003
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Aug. 13 2003
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A good scientific exposition of the paranormal April 14 2000
I cannot emphasize this more: In order to fully appreciate this book, you need knowledge of statistics. Really. The book is filled with experimental designs, confidence intervals, and meta-testing, which are lost on someone who doesn't know much of statistics, and will be misleading. I originally bought this book thinking it was going to be a book of explanations and stories of the paranormal, and I was pleasantly suprised. The author works in several stories to give the unknowing an idea of what is going on, but he is more interested in proving to the general audience his beliefs. The scientific discussions are fascinating, and eye-opening. The only reason I did not give this book five stars is because the jacket and the blurbs are misleading, and the procession of thoughts is somewhat difficult to follow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Response to review by jordico March 5 2003
Unfortunately, the review by jordico from Spain is misinformed because it neglects some of the most important psi-like events ever demonstrated -- controlled studies in distant healing and intercessory prayer. Currently, there are nine controlled, double-blind studies in distant healing; six show statistically posivite results. These studies are published in mainstream, peer-reviewed medical journals. It simply is not true that failed studies are not published (the file-drawer effect to which jordico refers). Moreover, these human studies are buttressed by scores of studies in non-humans -- microbes, plants, seeds, and biochemical reactions in test tubes - demonstrating distant mental influence. These studies are the "bench science" supporting human studies. Because they occur in nonhumans, they cannot be dismissed by attributing them to the placebo response. Jordico can find the citations for many of these studies in my recent book REINVENTING MEDICINE (HarperSanFrancisco, 1999.)
- Larry Dossey, MD.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hoping
I was hoping that this book would go into more detail about the psychic world and not just talk about experiments.
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Boudreau
4.0 out of 5 stars Great information, kind of boring
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,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Harrison Koehli
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading, Miserable and Maddening
Ok, this is one of the worst books I have ever read.
Dean Radin purports to show us that numerous scientific studies have been done that positively show the existence of psi... Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by Ian Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books currently in print on ESP
This really is a wonderful book, which explains what parapsychologists think about ESP in simple, easy to understand terms. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2003 by Pamela R. Heath
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not what you know ...
... it's what you do know that ain't so!
I've been seeing conflicting accounts of scientific evidence for psi
for years and years and really was of the mind that there... Read more
Published on July 28 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, this is it! But what's next?
I just finished reading this book for the second time. It lives up to the goal, described by the author on the first pages: It proves that Psi exists. Read more
Published on June 9 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Larry Dossey rocks
I think it is so cool that the great Larry Dossy responds to reader reviews. Sometimes the web is just great. Read more
Published on June 6 2003 by chimchimeneychimchimeny
4.0 out of 5 stars most people dont understand true scientific skepticism
First of all, I find it incredible that Dean Radin would give himself 5 out of 5 stars. That is just insanity. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on psi
To be honest, as a somewhat skeptical physicist, I wasn't expecting to find this book very convincing about the reality of psi. Read more
Published on May 26 2002 by Cool R1a
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