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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Updated ed. edition (Jan. 2 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006143518X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061435188
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
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McTaggart, an investigative journalist (What Doctors Don't Tell You), describes scientific discoveries that she believes point to a unifying concept of the universe, one that reconciles mind with matter, classic Newtonian science with quantum physics and, most importantly, science with religion. At issue is the zero point field, the so-called "dead space" of microscopic vibrations in outer space as well as within and between physical objects on earth. These fields, McTaggart asserts, are a "cobweb of energy exchange" that link everything in the universe; they control everything from cellular communication to the workings of the mind, and they could be harnessed for unlimited propulsion fuel, levitation, ESP, spiritual healing and more. Physicists have been aware of the likelihood of this field for years, McTaggart writes, but, constrained by orthodoxy, they have ignored its effects, which she likens to "subtracting out God" from their equations. But, McTaggart asserts, "tiny pockets of quiet rebellion" against scientific convention are emerging, led by Ed Mitchell, an Apollo 14 astronaut and founder of the Institute for Noetic Sciences, an alternative-science think tank. McTaggart writes well and tells a good story, but the supporting data here is somewhat sketchy. Until it materializes, McTaggart may have to settle for being a voice in the wilderness.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 16 2006
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The Field investigates developments at the frontiers of science. Schroedinger, Heisenberg, Bohr and Pauli were the pioneers of quantum physics, but numerous scientists in various disciplines have been conducting experiments that reveal profound new possibilities in our perception of the universe. The author investigates the work of those scientists who are at the cutting edge of exploration, all with reference to the life force, universal energy field or Zero Point Field, an ocean of microscopic vibrations. It would appear that evidence is mounting that the universe is one vast quantum field.

Part One: The Resonating Universe, looks at the work of pioneers like Rupert Sheldrake, Fritz Albert Popp, Robert O Becker, Jacques Benveniste and Karl Pribram. The theory of the universe as a collection of resonating frequencies is here examined. Part Two: The Extended Mind, explores the work of inter alia Helmut Schmidt, Jahn & Dunne and Puthoff & Targ. The topics include nonlocality, remote influence and viewing, dreams, clairvoyance, ESP, precognition, the nature of time and how the observer influences the observed.

Part Three: Tapping into the Field, describes the experiments of amongst others Elisabeth Targ and her positive findings of remote healing in AIDS cases, and the work of William Braud, Dean Radin and Roger Nelson. The concept of collective consciousness is elaborated upon and quite interesting. The speculations include the possibility that negative consciousness is like a germ that infects large numbers of people and could produce evil like the Inquisition, Hitler and the Salem Witch Trial.

On the other hand, positive consciousness might give rise to great periods in history, like the Renaissance and many benign popular trends.
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In the burgeoning genre of consciousness/quantum physics works, there seems to be a great continental divide from which most works run downhill, one way or the other. To the right go the physicists and empiricists, who through academic training and an inately esoteric world view often write so technically and thickly that the hard and simple implications of what is being said are often lost, or leap over the head of the average reader. On the left are the mystically inclined, who in their rush to validate what 10,000 years of human intuition and insight have already convinced them is truth, often impose their own particular agenda, faith or quirkiness upon the material before the reader can have a chance to decide what it means for themselves.
Lynne McTaggart's new work, The Field, comes very close to finding the pass over the divide. Writing with a journalist's instinct for cutting to the quick, McTaggart also manages to avoid the journalist's curse of sloppy synthesis and patchwork research. What results is a brilliantly effective introductory work, with enough beef on the bones to satisfy the intellectually hungry and agile while not overwhelming the casual diner. McTaggart also laudibly avoids indulging in metaphysical flights of fancy at every turn, and is reasonably successful in leaving the reader freedom to ponder the implications for themselves.
In short, I highly recommend this work to anyone interested in exploring the decreasing gap between science and "spirit," especially neophytes. McTaggart gives an engaging, sweeping, inspiring and yet meaty survey of some of the major moments in quantum effects/consciousness research, and the work provides enough documentary evidence to allow the interested to pursue the topic further from either an empirical or ephemeral point of view.
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This book was as good as nonfiction gets in terms of the "can't stop reading factor". The author has a uniquely exciting way of mixing the biographical information about scientists and their lives with the exciting work they have done, and wrap it up with the implications for you in the real world. The ideas are HUGE here and even for a reader of this type of material (energy, vibrations, advanced theoretical physics, healing, psi, psychic phenomenon...) the book makes points that really help refine one's ideas, turn on a few more light bulbs in the mind. A great read for the information and because it is like a super exciting novel--captivating. I recommend also the book "Effortless Wellbeing: The Missing Ingredients for Authentic Wellness" by Evan Finer because it will help you apply many of the theoretical ideas of this (and similar) books to your own wellbeing and personal effectiveness. Interestingly, the one book will help you to understand the other more deeply (the Effortless Wellbeing book will help you gain experiential knowledge of the ideas in The Field).
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My review is twofold; first a few comments on the author and then a few more on the negative ratings some readers have posted.

First; Bravo to Lynne McTaggart! In a world that is overwhelmed with opposing views, black vs. white, conservative vs. progressive, science vs. religion, we have a reporter who not only realized that there is a middle ground that lies unfurrowed between science and religion but a person who took years from her life doing the necessary research and self-education in order to help define what this area is. Her book is well foot-noted and while her scientific language usage has developed past that of common understanding, she defines this middle ground with well thought out examples and the concise language that it deserves. I, likewise, have spent the past thirty years of my life attempting to comingle science and spirituality and this book has served as an excellent summary for the travails I have undergone.

Secondly; The only people who do not make mistakes in this lifetime are the ones who willing to do nothing more than repeat their past victories over and over again. Those who dare to probe into unknown territories, peek into ‘truisms’ to see if they are valid and risk being labeled as being eccentric in their theories and concepts are the only ones who will actually make mistakes. But they, too, are the only ones that will make incredible breakthroughs that move our world in a forward, evolutionary fashion by their courageous insights and daring. The reviewers who have degraded this author for her taking ‘questionable’ experiments and ‘off-the-wall’ scientists are the ones who are stuck in yesterday’s science and are only willing to accept thoughts that have proven themselves over the decades.
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