psi

A Quote by Dean Radin on phenomenon, psi, and paranormal

“After a century of increasingly sophisticated investigations and more than a thousand controlled studies with combined odds against chance of 10 to the 104th power to 1, there is now strong evidence that psi phenomena exist.  While this is an impressive statistic, all it means is that the outcomes of these experiments are definitely not due to coincidence.  We’ve considered other common explanations like selective reporting and variations in experimental quality, and while those factors do moderate the overall results, there can be no little doubt that overall something interesting is going on.  It seems increasingly likely that as physics continues to redefine our understanding of the fabric of reality, a theoretical outlook for a rational explanation for psi will eventually be established.”

Dean Radin

Source: Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality, Pages: 275

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A Quote by Dean Radin on history of psi, psi, and paranormal

“And this is why studying the history of psi is important.  People have been reporting these phenomena for millennia and studying them for centuries.  Human experiences that continue to be repeated throughout history and across cultures, are not due to ignorance or lack of critical thinking, and demand a serious explanation.”

Dean Radin

Source: Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality, Pages: 53

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A Quote by Dean Radin on ignorance theory, education, psi, and extrasensory perception

[The ignorance theory]

“A 2001 nationwide poll cited in the NSF’s [National Science Foundation] 2002 report asked the question, ‘Some people possess psychic powers or ESP.  DO you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree?’  This NSF-sponsored survey found that 60% of adult Americans agreed or strongly agreed with the statement.  Earlier Gallup polls taken in 1990, 1996, and 2001 showed that these percentages have been increasing over time.  These figures were presented in the context of demonstrating the deplorable state of science education in the United States.

            This would indeed be discouraging, except that the report tiptoes around an interesting fact.  When survey respondents were separated by education level, 46% with less than a high school education agreed that some people possess ESP, but a whopping 62% with high school or more education agreed.  Among the ‘attentive public,’ those defined as ‘very interested’ in a topic, ‘very well informed’ about it, and regularly read a daily newspaper or relevant national magazine, a healthy majority of 59% agreed.  Thus, the survey actually revealed that belief in ESP was not explainable as a matter of poor education.

            To check the NSF’s findings, I examined data collected by the National Opinions Research Center, which is affiliated with the University of Chicago.  This Center, one of the oldest academic survey research groups in the United States, collects in its annual General Social Survey  a wide range of questions used to form a snapshot of opinions in the United States.  One of the questions asked over the years has been about psi.  The specific question I was interested in asks: ‘How often have you felt as though you were in touch with someone when they were far away from you?’  The possible answers ranged from ‘never in my life’ to ‘often.’  I compared those answers to questions on education achievement, which ranged from 0 –20 years of formal education.  The ignorance hypothesis predicts a negative relationship – the more education you have, the less you should believe in psi.  The actual result, based on 3,880 survey responses, was not negative.  In fact, it was significantly positive, with odds against chance of 80 to 1.  This is not just the case in the United States.  The same trend has been observed in Australia, France, and virtually every other country that has reported these surveys.  This finding is even widely acknowledged by skeptics, who gnash their teeth about it.”

Dean Radin

Source: Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality, Pages: 38..9

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A Quote by Russell Targ on talent, psi, and practice

We often say that psi is like musical ability: it is widely distributed in the populate, and everyone has some ability and can participate to some extent -- in the same way that the most nonmusical person can learn to play a little Mozart on the piano. On the other hand, there is no substitute for innate talent, and there is no substitute for practice.

Russell Targ

Source: Limitless Mind: A Guide to Remote Viewing and Transformation of Consciousness, Pages: 75

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A Quote by Russell Targ on psi and remote viewing

We know from the experimental data of psi research that viewer in the laboratory can focus his or her attention anywhere on the planet and, about two-thirds of the time, describe what is there.

Russell Targ

Source: Limitless Mind: A Guide to Remote Viewing and Transformation of Consciousness, Pages: 91

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A Quote by Michael Murphy on contemplative, knowing, psi, phenomena, thinkers, antiquity, paranormal, mystical, claims, and philosophy

However, given the ancient witness to contemplative knowing and the great abundance of evidence for psi phenomena, many sources of which I cite in subsequent chapters, it is a great mistake to exclude such things from our accounts of human nature.  That is why many, if not most, great thinkers since antiquity have given paranormal events and mystical truth claims a central place in their philosophies.  

Michael Murphy

Source: The Future of the Body, Pages: 13

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