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Stalking the Wild Pendulum: On the Mechanics of Consciousness [Paperback]

Itzhak Bentov
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1 Feb 1988
In his exciting and original view of the universe, Itzhak Bentov has provided a new perspective on human consciousness and its limitless possibilities. Widely known and loved for his delightful humor and imagination, Bentov explains the familiar world of phenomena with perceptions that are as lucid as they are thrilling. He gives us a provocative picture of ourselves in an expanded, conscious, holistic universe.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Books,U.S.; New edition edition (1 Feb 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892812028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892812028
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A brilliantly executed theoretical romp through the do all this with humor and suspense is indeed a major accomplishment. -- Dr. Montague Ullman, Director, Maimonides Medical Center

A ground-breaking work. Clear, imaginative, and inspiring, it offers a revolutionary image of the human mind and the universe. -- Dr. Stanislav Grof, Author of Beyond the Brain

Dazzles the imagination and causes you to rethink everything you ever thought you knew about reality. -- Jean Houston, Author of The Possible Human

About the Author

Itzhak Bentov was an outstanding exponent of the new science of consciousness up until his untimely death in 1979. He specialized in bio-medical engineering and instrumentation. He was also the author of "A Cosmic Book."

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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One of only a handful of books I have ever read that carry its case in such a powerful manner. I am a retired academic and have read several hundred books of quality on philosophy, metaphysical propositions, quantum mechanics, etc. Few of them offered anything approaching a really new or viable approach to the dynamics of consciousness. This book is as unique in its approach to the subject matter as George Gamow's seminal work "One, Two, Three, Infinity". It is simply astonishing, to me, to read such a erudite presentation of such a challenging topic, produced by an, essentially, academically untrained intellect. Bentov was a priceless mind. I am saddened I will never have the opportunity to engage him in direct conversation.
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One of the best if not the best book I have read on the theory of consciousness. The Author takes the reader through the web of complications involved in nature, the universe and consciousness with great clarity. A book that should be easily understood by anyone with an interest in the above matters. I read the book about sixteen years ago and the thoughts have never left me. So much so that I want to read it over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Unusual And Interesting Book, 21 Dec 2003
Itzhak Bentov was born in Czechoslovakia and moved to America, he became an inventor and specialized in the creation of new medical instrumentation. He died shortly after writing this book in a flying accident.
None of which prepares the reader for the model of the universe which Bentov proposes. This is a fascinating book and will be of interest to all who study psychic matters and are interesting in a “model” of reality which reflects their own experiences.
Bentov says: “I am attempting in this book to build a model of the universe that will satisfy the need for a comprehensive picture of ‘what our existence is all about.’
In other words, a holistic model that encompasses not only the physical, observable universe that is our immediate environment and the distant universe observed by our astronomers but also other ‘realities’ as well.”
Referring to psychic phenomena, he says that he will try to explain the underlying mechanisms and explain how they may work.
Bentov adds that the general underlying principle in all psychic phenomena is an altered state of consciousness. He says that these altered states allow us to function in realities that are normally not available to us, in our waking state of consciousness.
Bentov says that when taken together all these realities form a large hologram of interacting fields. He notes that the theory of relativity emphasizes that no matter what we observe, we always do so relative to a frame of reference that may differ from someone else’s, that we must compare our frames of reference in order to get meaningful measurements and results about events that we observe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quantum Logic 6 Jan 2006
This book is brilliant, a must read for anyone who is interested in the higher state of reality and the science and mechanics that govern the manifestation of metaphysics and consciousness in the external world.
This book is based on quantum logic, postulated by Max Planck in late 19th century early 20th century.
Anyone with a interest and understanding in theoretical physics will understand the infinite potential of nano technology and super symmetry used in science today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great alternative view of the Universe 8 May 2007
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I thought this book had some fantastic and original ideas about the reality we experience and the universe as a whole and the ideas were nicely interwoven into the author's theory.

I particular like his repeating big bang theory in which he says the universe originated from a white hole (the opposite of a black whole)which spewed out matter in the form of the big bang. This matter then spread out much like a fountain would and as it fell back around the other side of the white whole it was sucked back in at the opposite side to the white whole which is of course a black whole.

The diagrams in the book describe this and other theories much better than I could here. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the fusion of illusion 4 July 1998
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this is the sort of book that along with its companion "a cosmic trip" by the same author simply and eruditely cuts to ribbons the very fabric of the newton/cartesian paradigm of existance upon which western civilization is based. Stalking the Wild Pendulum can be understood and appreciated by the dumbest teenager - should be a secondary school text book. Frees the mind from nonsense and dogma with humor, compassion, and a highly evolved intelligence. No wonder Mr. Bentov was taken out ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The scientific side of occult philosophy 13 Jun 2009
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This book to me trod the line between modern physics and occult philosophy.It is very clear concise and readable,though the diagrams could have been better.
Too often books on these subjects plunge headlong into the abyss of mysticism,faith healing and ranting Utopian ideals,this however is a much more serious effort at explaining the mechanics of consciousness.It is an enlightening book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great little book
If ur looking fora plausible scientific explanation of spirituality that has been well written with simple lecture style diagrams then this is it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by T. Dervish
5.0 out of 5 stars Like it
This book might be hard to take serious for people with fundamental materialist philosophic backgrounds. Read more
Published 12 months ago by S. Bayreuth
5.0 out of 5 stars V Interesting
This guy can explain the most difficult of subjects in an easy manner, very easy to read and enjoyable with it.
Published 22 months ago by T. Ansell
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius at large!
Itzhak Bentov seems to have been a man who could really did think outside the relationship of ideas we call The Box. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars talking in wild presumption
This book is a crackpot contradiction from beginning to end based upon wildly flawed and unfeosobly inane presumption and supposition quite uncerimoniously presented to the reader... Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe-inspiring!
I read this wonderful book back in 1987 and it really turned-on my spiritual engine. Since 1967, Bentov became a devoted meditator (he was a practicioner of Transcendental... Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary!
Itzhak Bentov came to Earth and wrote this book and then shortly thereafter was killed in a plane crash. The message he has to give is necessary for the seeker of truth. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 1999
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