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The Sense of Being Stared At: And Other Aspects of the Extended Mind
The Sense of Being Stared At: And Other Aspects of the Extended Mind
by Rupert Sheldrake
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Science at its very best, Aug. 24 2003
Sheldrake's genius is taking commonly reported tales of human and animal abilities that challenge accepted scientific wisdom and developing simple ways of testing those claims under scientifically valid conditions. As with any series of experiments, especially those investigating controversial topics, they gradually evolve into ever-more sophisticated designs to eliminate possible flaws. Sheldrake has done this for the "feeling of being stared at," and the evidence he and others have amassed is persuasive, if reviewed without prejudice.
I do not agree with his theoretical explanation for the "staring effect." In Sheldrake's view it suggests a mind that literally extends through space. I think there may be other explanations that better fit the data. But I heartily applaud his proposal of such a theory. Great advancements in science always encounter initial hosility and knee-jerk dismissals because they run counter to accepted wisdom. But without scientific mavericks unsettling the dogma of existing theories, science would rapidly congeal into religion. Indeed, for some hyper-rationalists, "scientism" is already such a religion, with its own set of doctrines, saints, and blasphemers.
Sheldrake is a living reminder that by applying conventional scientific methods to unconventional ideas one can sometimes seriously challenge prevailing dogmas. Sheldrake's research and books, including this one, is science at its cutting-edge best.

An Experiment with Time
An Experiment with Time
by J. W. Dunne
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic study of precognitive dreams, July 10 2003
The reader who was "sickened" by this book apparently didn't notice that it was written about 80 years ago. That reader also missed a central historical point: People have been reporting precognitive dreams for a very, very long time and trying to grapple with how to understand them in scientific terms for about a century. Dunne was one of the first to write about his experiences, and his training as an engineer led him to a thoughtful series of analyses and fledgling theories. Anyone who has had precognitive experiences will find this book interesting. But if you strongly believe that such experiences are mere coincidences, or logically incoherent, or impossible, you should avoid this book because it will just make you angry.

Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy
Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy
by Amy L. Lansky PhD
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars refreshing look at homeopathy, May 2 2003
Amy Lansky's command of the history and practice of homeopathy is self-evident, her writing style brings the story to life, and her information is based on sound scholarship. I also liked this book because it doesn't over-promote, and it presents a strong case why one should seriously consider homeopathy as a viable medical alternative, and not only when conventional methods fail.

The Living Energy Universe
The Living Energy Universe
by Gary E. R. Schwartz
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageous, preposterous, incredible science at its best, Feb. 10 2000
This book presents the idea that everything, at every level of existence, is alive, remembers, and evolves. Schwartz and Russek's systemic memory hypothesis is proposed to explain not only many puzzles in conventional science, but also major mysteries such as reflective self-awareness, homeopathy, survival after death, and psychic abilities. The authors' serious consideration of these latter topics, and their enthusiastic writing style, is guaranteed to provoke the disdain of mainstream scientists, and that's a pity. Heresy and orthodoxy don't mix, but bold ideas - as are admirably presented in this book - are essential to sustain a vibrant science.
While Schwartz and Russek's hypothesis seems perfectly outrageous at first, the logic is reasonable and the evidence provided is intriguing. In fact, if you carefully read this book and think about the consequences of recursion at all levels of existence, then systemic memory and its broader implications seem quite plausible, maybe even probable. One may quibble over some of the details presented in the "Living Energy Universe," but like Rupert Sheldrake's "A New Science of Life," I believe that this book will stand the test of time as an important contribution to scientific thought.

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