Thursday, November 16, 2006

25 Greatest Science Books of All Time

DISCOVER magazine (Vol. 27 No. 12 December 2006) has published a list of its editors' picks of the 25 greatest science books of all time. Nobel Laureate biologist Kary Mullis, who invented the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), provided an introduction to this article.

Mullis listed Entangled Minds among his favorite science books, and he explained some of the reasons why in the Discover article. He continued with:

"Books like Radin's doggedly pursue scientific evidence for ideas that have been widely, but unreasonably, discredited for decades, or even centuries. Fortunately, scientists (at least in the Western world) no longer get confined to quarters or excommunicated for their books. But when an author puts himself on the line by embracing an unfashionable idea, even though he is guaranteed to generate scorn or indifference, this should somehow be recognized."

That was a nice thing to write. Thanks, Dr. Mullis.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

When a nobel laureates (or any other scientist which is seen by the mainstream as having some authority) show this kind of attitude in public, I get a bit relieved. It makes me think that we won't remain in these dark ages forever.

Knowing that scientists like George Sudarshan, Rustum Roy and Hans Peter Durr (amongst others) show similar open-minded attitudes in public, I also wonder how it can be that, apart from the usual pseudos ranting, not much is heard from either the media or the rest of the science establishment. Where is the limit? Will the bubble never burst?

If the bubble where to burst anytime soon, I hope the right people would get recognized. Lets say that we, over the course of the next 10 years, give all the nobel prizes to top scientists in parapsychology (just to catch up). The experiments done involve physics, chemistry, and medicine anyway, so the prizes would fit nicely.

I hope that the work you and your colleges do will be recognized soon Dr. Radin. I believe its consequences (the change in world view), is of vital importance to our (and many other species) long term survival on this planet.

-Tor

Dean Radin said...

Not much is heard, even from sympathetic journalists and scientists, because challenging the mainstream carries consequences that most people are not willing to take. By contrast, so-called skeptics enjoy comfortable careers merely by parroting already accepted views.

dfmccarthy said...

Dr. Kary Mullis' book, "Dancing Naked in the Mind Field" is very worth reading. He reports his experiences in a "fair witness" style. No opinions, just the experience. But very exceptional experiences.

Anonymous said...

This is encourageing, but there appears to be mixed messages, in your books [which i own and treasure] and on parts of your site you claim that things are begginging to change in the scientific community, then you seem to claim that they are not and we are still stagnating. Are things developeing at all? how much credence are skeptics like james randi given these days?

Secondly what are your views on the facts that psi-like effects are being researched such as certain kinds of quantum and zero-point work. also what are your thoughts on the recent British scientific assosiation procedeings where rupert sheldrake was allowed to submit telepathy work? does this not show a change in attitude?

Dean Radin said...

> Things are beginning to change in the scientific community ... and [yet] we are still stagnating...

The state of the evidence continues to improve. Mixed messages come about because there is a difference between what people believe privately and what they speak about in public. In private the majority of scientists are far more interested in psi than they will admit in public.

> How much credence are skeptics like james randi given these days?

Depends on who you ask. If you are an angry, pessimistic cynic who passionately believes that other people are stupid because they don't share your beliefs, then the skeptical icons are gods. If you are an optimist and filled with wonder about the universe and all of its myriad forms, then you will view the skeptical icons and their groups with pity because they are living in a highly constrained world of their own making.

I should contrast this extreme dichotomy by adding that there are genuine skeptics who doubt everything, including present authority and common wisdom. Such folks are troubled by the deliberate misuse of scientific concepts and methods for the sole purpose of perpetrating fraud (real "pseudoscience"), and also by both those who assert dogmatic faith of the scientistic or religious kind.

> what are your views on the facts that psi-like effects are being researched such as certain kinds of quantum and zero-point work.

If I understand you correctly, I think that some aspects of work on quantum entanglement are closely related to psi, but not zero-point fields. The former makes a lot of sense to me as an elementary form of psi, but I don't know how to connect the concept of the ZPF to psi other than through the metaphor of being embedded in a pervasive, holistic field of some sort.

> what are your thoughts on the recent British scientific assosiation procedeings where rupert sheldrake was allowed to submit telepathy work? does this not show a change in attitude?

I think it reveals a crack in the wall, but then again, I'm an optimist.

Anonymous said...

hmmmm zero-point field can be connected to psi as it states in your book, as a universal energy field that can cause movements and changes in objects within it, so it could be the PK mechanism, I agree i think it does show a crack in the wall.

Enfant Terrible said...

Dean Radin,

what do you think about the survival hypothesis? Do you think this hypothesis is harmful or unnecessary to Parapsychology?

Anonymous said...

Since we are off topic anyway:

What do you think of Decision Augmentation Theory Dr. Radin? I've seen that some think this theory explains all PSI phenomena (e.g that the GCP can be explained this way), but I find this really hard to believe. If we also consider less well documented phenomena like your experience with the spoon, surely DAT can't be the whole story?

-Tor

Dean Radin said...

What do I think about
>the survival hypothesis
>Decision Augmentation Theory

I think the evidence for survival is intriguing, but not overwhelmingly persuasive yet. We can test that psi occurs in the living, but so far we can only infer that psi occurs in the dead.

DAT proposes that many psi effects can be explained by precognition. I agree that it does provide an explanation for some effects, but I do not believe it can account for all of them. Fortunately, there are ways to test the PK vs. precognition alternatives, so DAT is the best sort of theory in that it can be falsified.

Anonymous said...

Dr radin are you aware of a book that is curiously like yours that is called "psience"? it is by a journalist. It seems more...pop culture and general than yours but not bad. what are your thoughts on this? here is a link to the site if you are unaware of it
http://www.amazon.com/PSIence-Discoveries-Existence-Paranormal-Phenomena/dp/1564148955

secondly are you aware that an experiment at cornell university has just made a machine that responds to the effects of observation of the quantum? in essence you look at it and it moves. What are your thoughts on this?

Anonymous said...

I just read this from the website of Rosenblum and Kuttner's new book (Quantum Enigma). Someone pointed out the similarity of quantum mechanics and PSI phenomena in their blog. I quote Bruce Rosenblum's response:

"Admittedly there’s some irrational prejudice against anything that looks unexplainable within physics. But taking into account the mysterious quantum enigma (which most physicists want to ignore) the likelihood of the reality of parapsychological phenomena is an order of magnitude greater than it would be ignoring the enigma. Believing it possibly real, one would look for an explanation within the now-accepted, but still unexplained, phenomena Einstein called “spooky.” "


Allthough I personaly don't like that science always require a theory for strange phenomena to be accepted (experiments should be enough),it looks to me like your "Entangled Minds" concept is getting support Dr.Radin. And that is a good sign :)

-Tor

Evan Palmer said...

yes, S K E P T I C S

it's interesting how not long ago we thought of skeptics as those who challenged convention and comfortable "truths"

yet now, they function as gatekeepers and establishment snipers against those who step too far out of line

today's skeptics are giving skeptics a bad name

Enfant Terrible said...

Dr. Dean Radin,

thanks for your answer about the survival hypothesis. Now I would like to know if there is an answer from you to the criticisms of the skeptic Morten Monrad Pedersen in the link http://www.skepticreport.com/pseudoscience/radinbook.htm and the criticisms of Claus Larsen in http://skepticreport.com/pseudoscience/radin2002.htm

Best wishes!