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5.0 out of 5 stars A rational case for the 'irrational'., 6 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Supernormal: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities (Kindle Edition)
Dear Radin is the senior scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. It was founded by Edgar Mitchell the astronaut who did telepathy experiments on his trip to the moon. Radin examines the connections between the powers claimed by yoga practitioners with experiments in the West. He indicates there are hundreds of experiments which support the abilities described in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. If these abilities exist, it means some of the basic assumptions of science need to be changed. He says that the materialist paradigm is outdated, not just due to the findings of these experiments but by advances in science as well.
He cites such materialist concepts as the mind cannot influence matter, there is no 'action at a distance' (as observed in psychic effects), time can only flow in one direction, everything can be understood in terms of causal networks, everything is made of matter or energy and the 'immaterial' doesn't exist, there is no free will and causation is 'upward' from the subatomic to the larger. This accounts of the almost 'built in ' rejection of psychic claims. He gives examples of what can only be described as 'scientific prejudice'. However, relativity and quantum mechanics undermines these ideas.He acknowledges that some people will use those two developments for support of their assertions but without understanding of the fields. However, he then goes to quote people who do understand and speculate how it may happen. Angela Merkel the German Chancellor, has a doctorate in Quantum Chemistry (Radin doesn't say this but it is so) and quantum biology is emerging.
The whole understanding of our universe could be drastically revised and the traditional accounts of yogic powers could well fit into a new paradigm. Radin would suggest you read and judge for yourself.
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