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Extra Sensory: The Science and Pseudoscience of Telepathy and Other Powers of the Mind (English Edition) Kindle电子书
Extra Sensory is a pop-science look at the untapped abilities of human beings, from ESP to Telekenesis and other real life sciences that are currently being studied today, from physicist Brian Clegg.
We'd all love to have 'psi' abilities like telepathy, telekinesis, and remote viewing. But is there any solid evidence to back up these talents, or are they nothing more than fantasy? We still only understand a small percentage of the capabilities of the human brain—and we shouldn't dismiss such potential powers out of hand. Although there is no doubt that many who claim these abilities are frauds, and no one has yet won James Randi's $1M prize for demonstrating ESP under lab conditions, we still have a Nobel prize winner suggesting a mechanism for telepathy, serious scientists researching the field and university projects that produced potentially explosive results. What's the verdict? By looking at possible physical mechanisms for ESP and taking in the best scientific evidence, the reader can discover if this is all wishful thinking and deception, or a fascinating reality. The truth is out there.
- ASIN : B009E7Q4H8
- 出版社 : St. Martin's Press (2013年5月21日)
- 出版日期 : 2013年5月21日
- 语言 : 英语
- 文件大小 : 678 KB
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- 纸书页数 : 321页
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Mr. Clegg's book carries a great deal of cred, both in his impeccable academics and empirical approach, but also due to his balanced and open mind-set. There has been plenty of effort over the years in debunking spiritualism and other examples of stage performance E.S.P., from Harry Houdini to modern mentalists. A recent film starring George Clooney poked fun at a real, covert government program to measure and train agents in clairvoyant espionage, so this isn't just a subject to laugh off. The author follows the recorded laboratory research especially well, looking for weaknesses in experimental measurement techniques and in supposed blind studies and their often vague results.
He also investigates those areas of physics theory, in layman's terms, that may indeed provide explanation for some of the more nebulous processes of the mind. Time and space can be folded together in theory, but in the lab, can they be measured reliably and repeatably? The short answer is no, but the long answer? We simply do not yet have at our disposal, technology and techniques that can measure some of the more peculiar observed aberrations, which in the end, left me clinging to a scrap of possibility.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in E.S.P. and in its many children, from telekinesis to precognition. Author Clegg does a sterling job of illustrating that many of the questions we may have can't yet be fully answered -- and how many tricks of the stage trade have been laid bare.
Still, there was a great deal to enjoy here, particularly the section closely examining the work of Duke's Rhine Lab, or basically any story that involved James Randi in any capacity. Clegg's clarion call against para-psychological research could easily be "Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics!", as he proves over and over again that what's really standing in the way of belief is scientists' inability to do the math, or even design a sufficiently rigorous experimental model.
I read this back to back with Horn's Unbelievable: Investigations into Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, and Other Unseen Phenomena from the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory, and it was both fascinating and enlightening to see the difference in how each author viewed the same experiments and outcomes. In the end, I think Clegg's view was more compelling...but that's a decision every potential believer should make for themselves.