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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great information, kind of boring June 30 2013
By Harrison Koehli TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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
1.0 out of 5 stars Flawed statistics Feb. 11 2000
The conclusions in this book are largely based on combined analysis of published studies. As noted by the Author, such "meta-analyses" are subject to publication bias. Unfortunately, the "fail-safe file drawer" method of assessing possible effects of publication, used by the Author, is flawed. In my opinion, the claimed positive effects which form the thread of The Conscious Universe are spurious and the result of publication bias.
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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 17 days ago by Jennifer Boudreau
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 Impressive
Dean Radin shows very compelling evidence for the existence of PSI phenomena in a truly impressive volume. Some people will not like it. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2003 by Alan Wilder
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Response to review by jordico
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... Read more
Published on March 5 2003 by Larry Dossey
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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