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                   November 2006 Book Review and Quotes Archive


                                                            Entangled Minds
                                                              By Dean Radin
                                                      Published by Paraview

First of all, let me expose my bias. I am a banjo player. Dean Radin is a banjo player. Specifically, he and I

play in a style called bluegrass. We are three-finger pickers on the five-string banjo often in 2/4 or 4/4 and

sometimes time.  The innate syncopation of playing Three on Five in Four may just give us a peculiar

perspective on the world. It is a perspective that makes the emptiness between notes as important as the

melody itself, like bringing into focus the background of a painting rather than the central focus of the subject.

Syncopation plays with time the same way that a shifting focus plays with the space of figure and ground -

defining the pulse of a beat by its absence or by pushing it ahead with a preemptory strike. What I am

describing here is a world view that is at once extremely precise, for without precision the whole rhythmic

structure degrades, and simultaneously fluid - like playing between the notes that most people perceive as

the tune. If I recall correctly, Ken Burns in his great series Jazz, likened the playing of Louis Armstrong to

Einstein's theory of relativity and to the extent that was so, Dizzy Gillespie's playing to quantum mechanics.

What in the world does banjo playing have to do with psi research? Its not just a metaphor or a political reality

that two people can look at the same information and find it intriguing, suggestive, and convincing or, find it

offensive to one's beliefs and dismiss it out of hand. It takes a precise yet fluid view to follow evidence that is

unpopular to currently held beliefs or anathema to academic standing.

Radin uses the catchy title Entangled Minds to invoke the strangeness of quantum phenomena as both a

suggestive hypothesis and metaphor to explain psi events like telepathy and clairvoyance. I had the pleasure

of attending his four hour workshop of the same name at Tucson's Toward a Science of Consciousness

conference this year. By the end of the week he literally had no voice left from tirelessly explaining and defending

his research. He states:

"Quantum theory and a vast body of supporting experiments tell us that something unaccounted for is connecting

otherwise isolated objects. And this is precisely what psi experiences and experiments are telling us. The parallels

are so striking that it suggests that psi is - literally - the human experience of quantum interconnectedness."

He walks us through meta-analyses, scatter grams, funnel plots, and cumulative average hit rates. He does a

splendid job of describing the history of psi research and puts it in a social, psychological, and scientific/political

context. He also does a neat job of describing psi experience as a continuum.

Entangled Minds is fun to read because of Radin's wry sense of humor and breezy style. If you have had your

own psi experience or lean toward belief in psi, this book will provide a basis to put your experience in context.

It will also give you plenty of data to cite next time you are trying to defend or describe your perspective. If you

are open to the possibility of psi, please give a serious read to his cumulative data. If you defensively reject any

possibility of psi because it would violate your beliefs, you would probably reject every point he makes out of

hand, so why bother reading?

His last page carries a challenge to stodgy, defensive, mainstream science, one might also say it is a challenge

for living well:

"It's risky exploring unnamed realms. Those who are frightened of the darkness often refuse to look, and they

don't want anyone else to look either. But what's life worth living for? Pushing the horizons of science invariably

involves risk and controversy, but the potential of real discovery always makes those risks worthwhile. Be bold.

Cultivate the spark of curiosity. Courage!"

Good advice for picking the banjo, too.

Review by Tom Tower                                             


                                            November 2006 Weekly Quotes   




"It is a wise person who knows where their negativity lies and yet does not become addicted to it. 

There is a greater and more generous presence behind your negativity.  In it's transfiguration, you

move into the light that is hidden in this larger presence.  To continually transfigure the faces of your

own death ensures that, at the end of your life, your physical death will be no stranger, robbing you

against your will of the life that you have had; you will know it's face intimately.  Since you have

overcome your fear, your death will be a meeting with a life-long friend from the deepest side of your

own nature."

"Anam Cara A book of Celtic Wisdom" by John O'Donohue


"There is a gravity within that continually weighs on us and pulls us away from the light. Negativity is

addiction to the bleak shadow that lingers around every human form. Within a poetics of growth or

spiritual life, the transfiguration of this negativity is one of our continuing tasks. This negativity is the

force and face of your own death gnawing at your belonging in the world. It wants to make you a

stranger in your own life. This negativity holds you outside in exile from your own love and warmth.

You can transfigure negativity by turning it toward the light of your soul.
"Anam Cara A book of Celtic Wisdom" by John O'Donohue



"At some Point in the future a new discipline will evolve. Within that discipline, models will arise that provide

increasingly plausible explanations for psi experiences. By then the experimental evidence will also have

advanced to the point where credible demonstrations can be repeated more easily. Like ball lightning, the

phenomenon may be exquisitely sensitive and difficult to produce on demand, but it will appear often enough

for the theories and observations to be put to the test."
Dean Radin, Entangled Minds

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."



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