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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (June 30 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 53 customer reviews
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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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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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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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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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Format: Hardcover
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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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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