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The Way of the Explorer: An Apollo Astronaut's Journey Through the Material and Mystical Worlds, Revised Edition by [Mitchell, Dr. Edgar, Williams, Dwight Arnan]
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Among authors trying to bridge the gap between science and spirit, former astronaut Mitchell brings unique credentials. Originally scheduled for the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, Mitchell, as told in this smooth blend of autobiography and exegesis, journeyed to the Moon in 1971 (and generated great controversy over ESP experiments he conducted on the flight). As he gazed on Earth, surrounded by blackness and an unfathomable number of stars, he experienced "an overwhelming sense of universal connectedness" that was to change his life. Within a few years, he had left NASA and founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences, aimed at the systematic study of the nature of consciousness. At the institute, he came to some fascinating conclusions, detailed here and based on principles of resonance, regarding a possible natural explanation for psychic powers. In later years, Mitchell has developed a "dyadic" model of paired opposites-mind/matter, life/death, etc.-that he also covers here and that owes as much to quantum physics' wave/particle duality as to Taoism's yin/yang. Mitchell isn't afraid to go out on a limb; his contention that the universe "intended" to evolve to higher levels, for example, goes against mainstream Western science. He grounds his ideas in data and reason, however, making this a strong offering for those who enjoy the books of Larry Dossey, Ken Wilber and others pushing the envelope of the science/spirit paradigm. BOMC, QPB and One Spirit selections.

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Recent science validates proposal in this book
I am pleased to be able to greet readers and potential readers of "Explorer" in this space. Welcome! As one of a handful of human ET's who have visited another solar object and viewed our planet from that viewpoint, it was important to me to share my experience. It was an awesome and enlightening experience. But more than that it changed the direction of my life, causing me to return with some deep and abiding questions about our species, some of which I have reported in "The Way of the Explorer". I also provide an account of my continuing attempts to answer some of those questions in a new way.

Since the early 17th century, Cartesian duality has prevailed. Thus science and religion have proceeded down two separate, seldom interacting paths. Today's science demonstrates that Descartes' conclusions were flawed; mind and matter are interactive, physicality and spirituality are but two facets of the same fabric. I have explored the evidence for this for 30 years.

On page 178 on "Explorer" I introduce the quantum hologram. In the 3 years since publication, I have worked with a number of European and US scientists developing this concept. Both theoretical and experimental recent work has validated the Dyadic model which I had proposed. Succinctly stated, metaphorically, the quantum hologram is to matter as mind is to brain. Or said another way, the quantum hologram is nature's RAM (random access memory). For centuries, mystics have proclaimed that all life is in some way interconnected. The quantum hologram is a ubiquitous energetic and informational structure, rooted in modern quantum physics theory and experimentation that demonstrates how that interconnectedness takes place. Further it provides a testable structure to explain the "psychic" effects that all humans have experienced, but which science has previously been unable to explain.

In very recent times, both cosmologists and other branches of science are recognizing the importance of information in the evolving fabric of space/time. Clearly it is important since "knowing" anything by any entity requires information to be fundamental in evolution, or we humans could not have evolved as we have.

For those on a spiritual search, I would recall that Buckminster Fuller suggested that in order to understand the human condition, one must first understand the universe. But any great mystic would report, that to understand the universe one must first understand oneself. And, they are both correct.

My final comment is on the Kirkus review of my book (1996). It would seem that the reviewer must be from that group of scientists who believe that everything to be discovered has about been discovered. "A stimulating attempt to reinvent the wheel". Nonsense! The unfolding discoveries in science are validating each proposition offered in the "Way of the Explorer". The wheel we are looking for is still not invented.


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  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books; Revised edition (15 Feb. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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Dr. Mitchell's spiritual/scientific quest is utterly fascinating. He does an excellent job of uniting the two realms in a way that avoids the narrow scope of rationalism while eschewing the subjective excesses of much New Age thinking. What he gives the reader is nothing less than a paradigm that might help explain how life, mind, and spirit are cosmic phenomena with far more potential than we realize. Just plain excellent!
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Apollo 14 astronaut and moon-walker Edgar Mitchell has written a uniquely challenging book in which he explores the nature of reality, the universe and human consciousness and lays out a new paradigm of understanding from his life experience combined with years of research as founder and head of The Institute of Noetic Sciences.

"The Way of the Explorer" is not all easy reading, particularly for someone not schooled in the complexities of particle physics, quantum theory and informed discussion about the zero-point field. If you have read "The Holographic Universe" by Michael Talbot, then you'll be in roughly the same territory here but whereas Talbot's book is racy and populist, Dr. Mitchell's is a deeper and more demanding read, more radical and original.

This review is of the third, updated edition published in 2006 which includes a number of minor revisions and is slightly extended from the earlier editions. The book is co-authored by Dwight Williams but it is not clear what parts he wrote or co-wrote.

The first part is a brief autobiography of Dr. Mitchell's life story up to and including involvement in the Apollo missions, and a fascinating and detailed description of his trip to The Moon in Apollo 14. It's generally known that experiments in ESP and telepathy were carried out by NASA on this particular Moon mission, and Dr. Mitchell relates the details of how this was done. On the return trip to Earth from the Moon, Mitchell experienced a kind of epiphany, a spiritual awakening reported by many of the Apollo astronauts on seeing the Earth as a small but vulnerable jewel in space from great distance: "Certain truths seemed brilliantly clear, truths that became suddenly obscured within the atmosphere of the Earth.
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By A Customer on 5 Oct. 1998
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Dr. Mitchell, astronaut and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, discusses his mystical experience in space and tells about the ESP experiments that he performed while in transit to the moon as well as his theories about the nature of human consciousness. He tells of how he became convinced of the realities of paranormal events and tries to explain these events by rejecting the sacred cow of epiphenomenalism by intuiting that human consciousness is an integral part of the structure of the universe. Not always completley convincing, but always intensely interesting. This is an example of a man who refuses to be hemmed in by traditional ideas of what science should be.
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By B on 24 Sept. 2013
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The first third of the book is pretty straightforward: the story of Mitchell's life and his journey to the moon. A very interesting record of the trip to anybody who loves these things. During the return trip to earth the author experiences a feeling of connectedness to the universe that will change his life. Trying to explain this vision of connectedness becomes his obsession to the point of esablishing the Institute of Noetic Sciences, it's purpose being the study of human consciousness and its place in the universe. The rest of the book is the result of his studies. I do not recommend it to the casual reader for the simple reason that it requires a thick philosophical background to make anything out of it. Some simple introduction to ideas he makes reference to would have been much appreciated. I also have the feeling that Mitchell enjoys using complex language just for the sake of it.
One example of his overly complex style: "Concepts of the Perennial Wisdom emerge, though somewhat differently, when the Great Chain of Being is thought of as information perceived with awareness and given meaning within consciousness by its relationship to other information."
I am also deeply skeptical of his relationship with Uri Geller. Everything that Uri did or said was totally believed in by Mitchell, and this was one of the experimental basis on which he builds his philosophy and theories. Well, just google "Feynman" and "Geller" to see how Feynman debunks the psychic. While I do leave the door open to such phenomena I do not believe this was the case with Uri. Edgar Mitchell makes some bold statements in his book but he is not always convincing.
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