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on 2 December 2012
From earlier review:

"Scientists describe natural processes as random but Schwartz points out that random events must be exactly repetitive (like the toss of the same coin) and must be mutually independent (they cannot be sequential or influence one another). Life-building processes do not satisfy either of these conditions."

The main issue here is interpretation. If you assign things as "God's work" you are basically saying they cannot be understood. This is not an easy position to take logically, considering the pace of scientific achievement and the constant flow of the unknown and mysterious into the explanatory form of known theories.

If you want to understand these concepts in clear scientific terms you would do well to read David Deutsch's The Fabric of Reality which explains our observation of ordered events as "random" using the exact same example. The same for the interconnectedness of things...
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on 22 July 2006
First may I congratulate Mr Shwartz for writing a book that dares to question the building blocks on which contemporary science is based.

Why some people feel they have to home in on some of his key experiments, dismantle them and then attack Mr Shwartz, I do not know.

The point is this, thru experimenting Mr Shwartz has been forced to comprehend ideas that cause controversy. Surely he should write about this transformation and how it came about, we may all learn something about ourselves as a result.

Whenever the author is attacked, critics fail to properly address his research in to the paranormal and how he has achieved the outstanding results that he has in the lab.

What are the odds of a man correctly dreaming about future events for a number of days under strict test conditions?

Gary also asks - how can intricate living systems just appear?

I really do think that the critics have spent so much time attacking the experimental techniques that they've actually missed the point of the book.

And that is this, it's not scientific to dismiss concepts because they don't' fit in to an established category

When evidence suggests that theories should be re-examined; surely the theories should be re-examined. There are those that seem to be saying that the evidence should be disregarded.

I interpret the GOD Experiments as being pure art, and beautiful art at that.

Could this be a new chapter, the era of scientific art, please note I use the word art, not fantasy.

Here we have a respected man who is clearly intelligent, opening his mind to what many in his profession forbid. This transformation has come about after years of research, exploring all angles and considering time after time that he may be wrong.

Let's listen to his theory, enjoy the journey and then continue to explore...
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 4 September 2009
The G.O.D. Experiments: How science is discovering God in everything, including us by Gary E. Schwartz with William L. Simon, Atria Books, New York, 2006, 320 ff.

The science of spirit
By Howard A. Jones

Gary Schwartz is a professor in many disciplines in the University of Arizona, but primarily he is a psychologist. The `God' referred to here is `a universal intelligence, source and energy of all that is' - a Guiding, Organizing and Designing process, more like the Universal Mind of eastern religious philosophies than the wrathful Being of the Tenakh or Old Testament. The author's main target in this book is the dismissive attitude of skeptics represented by Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins and the American writer Michael Shermer.

It is generally accepted that we can neither prove nor disprove the existence of God in the way that we can prove one of Euclid's theorems. We can however conduct experiments such as Schwartz describes here that suggest an influence outside the individuals concerned in the trials. He maintains that atheism depends on what is believed to be an absence of evidence. Scientists describe natural processes as random but Schwartz points out that random events must be exactly repetitive (like the toss of the same coin) and must be mutually independent (they cannot be sequential or influence one another). Life-building processes do not satisfy either of these conditions.

Schwartz goes on to explore the significance of the interconnectedness now taken as one of the ground-rules of quantum phenomena and its role in the emergence of biological complexity. Although quantum physics seems to conflict with common sense, Schwartz makes the point that `the capacity for metaphor and symbols' is just as important in science as in religion. However, I'm not persuaded that the statement: `complex orders in the universe cannot come about simply by chance - they require some sort of an intelligent designing process' can be made that emphatically. There is persuasive evidence and argument certainly, but it is not that totally convincing.

To me, the best argument for the unification of the world-view of quantum physics and the cosmic spiritual field comes towards the end of the book when Schwartz deals with the zero point field. This was elaborated on in the book by Lynne McTaggart that Schwartz refers to. Basically, it is a field of potential energy that pervades all matter, including ourselves, and deep space throughout the universe as far as we are aware. This must surely be the prime candidate for a universal spiritual field to serve as medium for psychic events and which believers would regard as the divine Holy Spirit of Christianity, the Dhat of Islam or the Atman of Hinduism.

This is a thought-provoking book, easy to read, with much fascinating experimental evidence.

Dr Howard A. Jones is the author of The Thoughtful Guide to God (2006) and The Tao of Holism (2008), both published by O Books of Winchester, UK.

The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe
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on 7 May 2008
I will just write one verse from Koran:

We will show them Our signs in the horizons, and within themselves, until it becomes clear to them that this is the truth. Is it not enough that your Lord is witness over all things? (41: 53)

Doesn't the title of the book and this verse strike the readers?
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