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{Read Epub} ¸ Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe ⚢ The chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences IONS turns a critical eye toward such practices as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and psychokinesis Are such powers really possible Science says yesAccording to noted scientist and bestselling author of The Conscious Universe, Dean Radin, magic is a natural aspect of reality, and each of us can tap into this power with diligent practiceBut wait, aren t things like ESP and telepathy just wishful thinking and flights of the imagination Not according to the author, who worked on the US government s top secret psychic espionage program known as Stargate Radin has spent the last forty years conducting controlled experiments that demonstrate that thoughts are things, that we can sense others emotions and intentions from a distance, that intuition is powerful than we thought, and that we can tap into the power of intention think The Secret, only on a realistic and scientific level These dormant powers can help us to lead interesting and fulfilling livesBeginning with a brief history of magic over the centuries what was called magic two thousand years ago is turning out to be scientific fact today , a review of the scientific evidence for magic, a series of simple but effective magical techniques the key is mental focus, something elite athletes know a lot about , Radin then offers a vision of a scientifically informed magic and explains why magic will play a key role in frontiers of science I received this book, for free, in exchange for an honest review A well written overview and history of magic There were times were the author felt less than objective, but all in all he seemed to approach his study in a scientific way.Radin is a PSI scientist He runs experiments testing whether different aspects of PSI are legit This book mostly answers the question of How Much of Magic is Real , both using his research and that of his peers Although the title promises otherwise, their is I received this book, for free, in exchange for an honest review A well written overview and history of magic There were times were the author felt less than objective, but all in all he seemed to approach his study in a scientific way.Radin is a PSI scientist He runs experiments testing whether different aspects of PSI are legit This book mostly answers the question of How Much of Magic is Real , both using his research and that of his peers Although the title promises otherwise, their isn t much how to do magic content here While there are exercises scattered about this book encouraged me to try a sigil , they didn t feel like the focus of the book I was lent this book by our friend Fabrice, who is very interested in paranormal phenomena He said I would be surprised Well, for the first few chapters I was sure he was wrong It seemed to beof what I had seen before in various places unverifiable anecdotes, implausible claims, quotes diligently mined from the usual suspects I was interested to see that Max Tegmark has joined the gang , and really unconvincing interpretations of quantum mechanics It s not like I know anything much a I was lent this book by our friend Fabrice, who is very interested in paranormal phenomena He said I would be surprised Well, for the first few chapters I was sure he was wrong It seemed to beof what I had seen before in various places unverifiable anecdotes, implausible claims, quotes diligently mined from the usual suspects I was interested to see that Max Tegmark has joined the gang , and really unconvincing interpretations of quantum mechanics It s not like I know anything much about quantum mechanics, but the few books I ve read are enough to let me say with some certainty that it doesn t work this way There was a period, quite a long time ago now, when physicists were too fond of saying that the notorious measurement problem had something to do with consciousness And Einstein was unwise enough to call quantum entanglement spooky action at a distance But it is wrong to infer from this that quantum mechanics says your mind is directly able to influence everything else It says nothing of the kind Far from making respectable the notion of universal consciousness as the ground of all being, quantum mechanics hasor less abandoned this line of investigation If you open a modern book on quantum mechanics, you won t see anything about minds or consciousness So I was getting ready to throw the book at the wall when I reached the chapter on scientific evidence for paranormal phenomena The book treats paranormal phenomena , psi and magic asor less interchangeable And here I really was surprised, and wondered how it was possible that I hadn t heard of Daryl Bem before Whether you believe in the paranormal or not, the case of Bem is extremely interesting It shines a bright light on the way science is currently done and exposes some important things that many scientists would really prefer not to talk about Bem, a highly respected psychologist with an excellent track record, set out to investigate empirically whether paranormal phenomena exist He carried out a bunch of experiments over a period of several years, and at the end claimed he had solid, reproducible evidence that there are paranormal phenomena But when he tried to publish his results, journals that had previously been happy to accept his papers wouldn t take them, or accepted them and then later withdrew them with unconvincing excuses Bem said he d carried out his experiments with the same level of rigour he always had and obtained strongly significant results according to the statistical tests he d always used It didn t help.The author of Real Magic says the scientific establishment is biased against research into paranormal phenomena, which is indeed a fair conclusion When you put it like that, it kind of implies that paranormal phenomena exist, so scientists get defensive The problem is that it s true irrespective of whether these phenomena exist or not What s disquieting is that Bem seems to have been telling the truth He did do his ESP experiments as carefully and responsibly as his previous ones, indeed as carefully and responsibly as most published scientists in the field One way to read the results, the one presented here, is that it demonstrates the existence of paranormal phenomena Scientists, as noted, will not accept this But the alternative they re left with is only slightlypalatable the results of a great deal of published research are not reliable at all It s hard to escape the logic of the argument If they were produced using methodologies which can demonstrate the existence of precognition and telepathy, why should we trust them I work in the academic world myself, and I m afraid there s a great deal of truth to this accusation Academics are sloppy, academics use bad methodology, quite often academics straightforwardly falsify results When they produce anodyne, unremarkable conclusions that look like things people have seen before, the cops wave them on When they say they ve found telepathy, the cops pull them over, tell them to put their hands against the wall, and strip search them This is not how a democratic system is supposed to work.Note that I m not saying all published results are unreliable For example, we ve seen enough of the way CERN carry out their research to be pretty sure that they re doing it right They have two separate groups for each major experiment working independently of each other, the data analysis methods are defined in advance, and the data processing is carried out by people who didn t collect the data and as far as possible are blinded to what it might be saying Other big scientific organisations are able to put similar procedures in place In computer science, an effective way to prevent fraud is to use only open source code and data sets then anyone who thinks you re cheating can just download your material and run the experiment themselves The machine learning world runs mainly on this paradigm, which I think is one of the reasons they ve made such amazing progress recently But a great many people in psychology, life sciences and the social sciences etc can t easily safeguard themselves And the unfortunate conclusion is that much of their research is suspect.Nice work, Daryl Bem If you want to find out , there s a Slate article about him here, which I thought was well worth looking at And next time you re about to throw a book at the wall, consider reading on for a bit It may surprise you This is one of the best book I have read on specific areas of the paranormal Radin s historical knowledge as well as his scientific knowledge makes this a terrific read I highly recommend for both the new to real magic as well as those who have long been initiated. The most scientific approach to magic or psychic ability that I ve read This is a great book for making a clear headed argument that magic is real, backed up by numerous scientific studies, and that the reason that there s any doubt about it is because we ve been steeped in centuries of Christian fear and pain when it comes to anything magical To this day, my scientist friends get very uncomfortable when I discuss the subject because they re so trained to believe it s all complete nonsense The most scientific approach to magic or psychic ability that I ve read This is a great book for making a clear headed argument that magic is real, backed up by numerous scientific studies, and that the reason that there s any doubt about it is because we ve been steeped in centuries of Christian fear and pain when it comes to anything magical To this day, my scientist friends get very uncomfortable when I discuss the subject because they re so trained to believe it s all complete nonsense Except the evidence shows otherwise, and it s that evidence that forms the heart of this book Interestingly, Real Magic also argues that magic isn t that strong except for perhaps the one in a million of us who, like Charlie Goldsmith, can do extraordinary magic but it s something that everyone has some ability in if they choose to try it He gives some things to try that are variations on manifesting, or using your intention to affect reality.For myself, I m interested in whether people like me, without any obvious natural talent for psychic or energy healing disciplines, can learn so called magical skills In that respect, this book is less useful for learning how to practice these kinds of skills than say, Martha Beck s Finding Your Way in a Wild New World.But there are gems such as The single most important aide to developing magical skills is to learn how to enter the state of consciousness known as gnosis The time honored and safest way to do this is through meditation I recommend Anna Wise s book, The High Performance Mind, which details her work in studying the brainwave patterns of meditators and healers using EEG and that helps you create a meditation practice that should be ideal for practicing magic Radin also says The essence of magic boils down to the application of two ordinary mental skills attention and intention The strength of the magical outcome is modulated by four factors belief, imagination, emotion, and clarity He goes on to explain how, in experiments, they discovered that belief matters hugely in terms of effectiveness, which makes being a skeptical scientist and student magician a tricky proposition.In any event, I enjoyed the book and particularly appreciated Radin pointing out how the skepticism that the scientific and academic community presents about magic is outdated and full of hypocrisy It s long past time that we moved this into the mainstream and studied it properly