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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company; New edition edition (22 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892819898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892819898
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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His ideas offer a real chance for humanity to regain its spiritual bearings. We have been blessed with a rare genius. -- Larry Dossey, M.D., bestselling author of Healing Words

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SheenaM on 22 July 2011
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I enjoyed this book because it gave more insight into the manner in which scientific experiments are assessed. Whilst I did not have a lot of interest in the section on the homing instincts of pigeons, it was very informative and I learned something from it. I did have an instance whereby I rescued a racing pigeon and it then kept returning to me. It had to be taken many miles away from my home in an attempt to make it return to its owner. The actions and determination of insects of many varieties can be fascinating and I do think that the book suggests that we could learn a lot from them. I have great respect for the manner in which Dr Sheldrake deals with psychic phenomena, he looks for reasons, but also gives a very balanced view, many scientists just dismiss it out of hand.The book goes to great lengths to explain the modern viewpoint on our own mind/body/soul or psyche relationships. If the results of these experiments are good it should change how humans view the animal world, and accept that we have an affinity with them and do not have the right to just use them for our own purposes.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A reader on 31 May 2007
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Sheldrake puts forward some good examples of ESP from the natural world in this book.

It didnt blow my mind but it does add more information to the ever increasing pile of the "unexplained".

I felt he could have done more for the book, for example at the end of each chapter he would propose possible experiments that would rule out certain theories and give a deeper understanding of what is going on, which left me thinking he should have carried them out himself and put the results in the book. Maybe thats the next edition.

Sheldrake is a good scientist with a creative intelligence, he does not wander off on sheer speculation or if he does he states it is so.

He gives all information against his views and isnt afraid of scientific skepticism or critical thinking. Never does he ignore data to suit his own theories or go off on tangents that can be logically explained.

A down the line scientific look into animals with ESP.

And just for good measure a much needed review of the structure of the scientific community and its protocols.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ecosurfer on 21 Feb. 2012
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The title is misleading, for a start, although these experiments were slightly fringe at the time they were put forward they were not actually investigating unique ideas, many of which have been already looked at in different ways and more effectively elsewhere. Sheldrake has made a career out of his supposed maverick reputation when actually what he does is quite mainstream in the science world, it's just that the public perception is what they hear in the media and his media publicity has focused on his animal work. Sheldrake is about as edgy as Richard Dawkins. Think mainstream.

It's not really a 'do it yourself' guide as it takes quite a lot of organisation to replicate the experiments properly and actually to do that would be time consuming and relatively boring for most people. The ideas are not presented well and it would have been better for him to not have bothered with making it a supposed 'do it yourself' guide (which you will note was not pushed in the earlier edition of the book) and focus on the experiments themselves.

Also, this is a later edition of a much earlier book and so the experiments are very outdated now and much more work has been done in this area. Don't read this if you want to be up to date on the subject. There is much better work on the subject in other books.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
EXPERIMENTS THAT MIGHT "PROVE" FORMATIVE CAUSATION? SEE FOR YOUSELF 28 Jun. 2011
By Steven H Propp - Published on Amazon.com
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Rupert Sheldrake (born 1942) is an English biochemist and plant physiologist who has also written or co-written books such as A New Science of Life: The Hypothesis of Morphic Resonance, The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature, Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home: Fully Updated and Revised, The Physics of Angels: Exploring the Realm Where Science and Spirit Meet. Natural Grace: Dialogues on creation, darkness, and the soul in spirituality and science, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1995 book, "The idea of writing the present book arose ... (when) I was asked what I would do if I ... wanted to support interesting and productive research with limited resources. My answer was to draw up a list of simple, low-cost experiments that could change the world, and then to encourage this research program... I finally selected the seven in this book. So, this is not just a book, but a broad-based research program, with an open invitation to participate."

Here are some additional quotations from the book:

"Committed Skeptics tend to equate the mechanistic worldview with reason itself and are passionate in its defense. They are scientific fundamentalists." (Pg. 24)
"So although the prospects for this line of research (Kirlian Auras) are not too hopeful, it might be worth a few more tries." (Pg. 157)
"Organized groups of Skeptics, such as CSICOP... are always ready to challenge results that do not fit into the mechanistic worldview, and try their best to discredit them. Parapsychologists are so accumstomed to these critical responses that they are unusually aware of the pitfalls of experimenter effects and other sources of bias. But conventional science is not subject to a similar degree of skeptical scrutiny." (Pg. 172-173)
"Many scientists carry out experiments with strong expectations about the outcome, and with deep-rooted assumptions about what is and what is not possible. Can their expectations influence their results? The answer is yes." (Pg. 210)
"I cannot foresee the outcome of the experiments proposed here, but I think there is a good chance that at least some of them will yield very interesting results. I would not have written this book otherwise." (Pg. 244)
44 of 64 people found the following review helpful
Sheldrake is a genius 3 Dec. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay, I do not have much time to respond but I just had to voice some opposition to the single reader review this book has posted. Sure, the experiments outlined are a bit more involved than your run of the mill fourth grade level chemical mixing but they are that much more involved. Sheldrake does not provide many answers but the ones he does provide are exceptionally enlightening. He does something even more important though; he demonstrates that nobody out their in the scientific community really has all the answers they claim to. Steven Hawking may be really smart, but it is Sheldrake who future generations will recognize as the man of our time whose ideas were well beyong his time.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Gute Denkanstöße, aber letztlich doch etwas zu allgemein für mich 13 Oct. 2014
By cwibs@usa.net - Published on Amazon.com
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Hm, zwar durchaus interessante Ansätze, aber für mich ein bisschen zu allgemein udn zu sehr auf Tiere fixiert. Hatte mir eigentlich mehr erhofft.
22 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Seven Experiments that could change the world 15 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thought that this book gave an intriguing insight into our world, and that it brings up topics that i would never have even thought about had i not read this book. 5 stars for Rupert Sheldrake. He has an unparalleled mind when it comes to evolutionary science
47 of 98 people found the following review helpful
Credulous author tries unsuccessfully to spark a revolution 15 Dec. 1997
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I picked up this volume because its title suggested that it would encourage hands-on science activities that are essential to good teaching and effective learning. Unfortunately, I discovered on reading it that the author combines a deep antagonism for the scientific "establishment" with credulity for numerous fringe ideas. The first experiment that he suggests tests the hypothesis that your pet uses psychic powers to tell when you'll be home for dinner! Sheldrake frequently presents anecdotes as "evidence". The "do it yourself" promise of the title is broken for the reader who doesn't intend to begin raising homing pidgeons or doesn't happen to work in a laboratory capable of measuring the physical constants (such as the speed of light) to nine significant figures. Far too few cautions about the pitfalls of psychic research are given (in chapters about the feeling of being stared at, or "feeling" the touch of a severed limb). Despite the nearly fatal flaws of the book, I liked a part of its message, that important science can still be done by amateurs. That's about the only aspect of this book that is commendable.
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