- Paperback: 161 pages
- Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Co; New Ed edition (1 Mar. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1571742344
- ISBN-13: 978-1571742346
- Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Experiment with Time (Studies in Consciousness) (Studies in Consciousness) Paperback – 1 Mar 2001
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The Rev. Norman Crowder lent me a copy of this in the 1960s. I accepted Dunne’s reports of his experiments at face value. Lab work since (See Rupert Sheldrake, "The Sense of Being Stared at") confirms Dunne’s reports.
Dunne goes on to discuss the implications for the nature of consciousness. How does consciousness have to be for this kind of precognition to be possible? Popularisations of Einstein's work were appearing in the 20s by eg James Jeans. Dunne imagines a human life as a 4-dimensional 'worm' through space-time, and speculates that consciousness has some kind of relationship to the whole line, but that waking consciousness consists of tightening the focus to the present, that is to say, to the present conceived of as a point traversing the worm.
In the 1960s I baulked at this line of thinking as wildly speculative. Thirty-forty years on, with more evidence in from both parapsychology and quantum physics, it looks less wild. The Mind-Body question is alive and kicking still.
In summary: Dunne is first-rate. Readable, provocative and like Sheldrake, describes simple experiments you can perform yourself. And unforgettable. (I haven't seen a copy in years.)
Dunne is rarely mentioned, except as a footnote, in modern works on the philosophy of Time. His theory is somewhat eccentric but nevertheless a fascinating introduction to the questions that arise when we think about Time. A key question is "How do we time Time?". We think of Time as flowing, as a movement of events from future to past. But how is this concept meaningful unless we can talk about a rate of movement, and how would we measure such a rate? In seconds per second? That would surely be nonsense.
The only way to make sense of our conscious Time, T, (says Dunne) is to propose a second dimension of Time, T', by which to measure the flow of T. This T' dimension bears the same relation to conscious Time as the third dimension of Space bears to the first two - i.e., someone who inhabits or can access T' would have a privileged overview of our conscious Time, both past and future.
It is this T' dimension that our unconscious mind is accessing when we have precognitive dreams (and Dunne believed that we all have such dreams, but that we forget them by the time the future event that is the source of the dream occurs). The most obvious problem with his theory is that it leads to an infinite regress: a Time dimension T'' to make sense of T', then a dimension T''', and so on.
There's a lot more to Dunne's theory, and the book, though technical in the second part, is written with care and clarity. The first part reads almost like a sci-fi novel, and may have you shaking your head in disbelief or even perhaps trying the experiment yourself.
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A most interesting book. Some extraordinary material and a book that sets the mind questioning the subject of time. itself. FAscinating stuff.Published on 10 Jan. 2013 by fiona mary ellis
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