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Marvelous Science
Dean Radin - Marvelous Science
Dean Radin
By Dean Radin PhD author of SUPERNORMAL

Some have argued that marvels – those extraordinary events suggestive of religious miracles, and often disparaged with the term “woo-woo” – should not be part of the scientific discourse.
Surely, the critics contend, such claims lay at the wrong end of the theist vs. atheist seesaw, so let’s have the professors of religious studies to debate those embarrassing topics and leave science out it. This may seem like a reasonable proposal, except that it’s not just scientists who won’t touch the woo-woo taboo. Scholars won’t go there either.

According to Rice University historian of religion, Jeffrey Kripal, Whereas such marvels are vociferously denied (or simply ignored) in the halls of academic respectability, they are enthusiastically embraced in contemporary fiction, film, and fantasy. We are obviously fascinated by such things and will pay billions of dollars for their special display, and yet we will not talk about them, not at least in any serious and sustained professional way. Popular culture is our mysticism. The public realm is our esoteric realm. The paranormal is our secret in plain sight. Weird.

Weirder still is that the scholarly discipline specifically founded upon and fueled by tales of the mystical, the miraculous, and the paranormal – the academic study of religion – is just as stubbornly defiant as science is when it comes to investigating the supernormal. Because of this entrenched stubbornness, the only alternative we have are those dismal debunking exercises, which might be acceptable when there are good reasons to suspect bunk, but charging recklessly into potential marvels only guarantees that if something interesting is going on, it will quietly drift away and remain mum.

There is another reason to be more tolerant of the mystical and its marvels – it may be the most efficient, and perhaps the only way, to leap beyond the known. The most celebrated rationalist of the 20th century, Albert Einstein, said it best:

I maintain that cosmic religious feeling is the strongest and noblest incitement to scientific research…. Those whose acquaintance with scientific research is derived chiefly from its practical results easily develop a completely false notion of the mentality of the men who, surrounded by a sceptical world, have shown the way to those like-minded with themselves, scattered through the earth and the centuries.

Indeed, Einstein maintained that mystical realizations are not just brain hiccups, at least not when they are experienced by true genius. They are instead an essential means of grasping what intellect alone cannot understand. If it is indeed the case that there are ways of knowing that transcend the rational, and our most revered geniuses tell us that it is precisely this intuitive sense that sparks genuine breakthroughs, then avoiding mystery and mysticism is akin to societal suicide. Einstein’s “religious feeling,” which he carefully stripped from its faith-based connotation, may be the only way to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps (i.e., to do the impossible) and enter into new realms of knowledge.

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...Dr. Chopra`s consciousness talk with Dr. Stuart Hameroff and Lothan Schafer`s book (Dr. Chopra wrote the intro) \"Infinite Potential of Quantum Physics\" expand this discourse. Exciting to say the least.
Ruta - July 27, 2013
A Brilliant book! Literally a keystone in the evolution from persecution and denial of the actual science demonstrating a non linear / non reductionist energetic universe and the dawn of refined unveiling of the multitude of actual scientific studies with clinical data that is irrefutable on the diverse evidence and the unquestionable facts of the non material non reductionist energetic world we live in and the powers of creativity we can use through disciplined practice and insight. intention and attention are still the keywords.\nBuy this book change your life as you see the many ways that focused intention and mind insight can affect your dreams and wishes and desires and health and ultimately your connection to (Gasp!) Spirit. Hoping it also comes out as an audiobook soon too. Dean Radin has an incredible background in clinical study and the scientific method and Deepak, as usual has specific insights that get right to the point of specifically defusing the fundamentalists who dwell in flatland materialism. Thanks to both of these brilliant mentors and truly evolutionary artists
Elan sun star - July 18, 2013
The intellect can be likened to the grease for the wheels or the receiving of an invitation to the party. Both of these serve a purpose yet neither of these on their own gets you to the party. For that, one must open to inspiration, intuition, insight, illumination, and beyond. These inner \"vehicles\" will drive you hOMe.
Ron Greenstein - July 18, 2013
I want to read this
Leena Desai-Pachchigar - July 17, 2013
Science is about making an experiment and having results. A lot of scientists are simply not doing an experiment and claiming things, for whatever reason, I don`t know, to feed their egos whatever. Like Hawkins, which experiment showed him that material universe came from nothing? None. And claims that. Did he make popcorn from the empty pot? I would doubt about that. So if one cannot make tiny popcorn out of nothing how can he claim such things that universe came from nothing. Yesterday I searched for Om sign in the internet. And 90% of images were so cheap. Anyone can meditate on Om for a month at least half an hour. Well actually after two days one can see Nicolas Tesla imagination like \"video\" in his third eye. But no, science won`t make an experiment, because...well better to claim some nonsense without any evidence. This is Kali Yuga, but luckily a 10 000 years brighter period.
saulekas - July 17, 2013
Just started reading Supernormal today. It is very good so far.
Linda Sue Russell - July 17, 2013
Everything and everybody are interconnected.
Sylvia-Marie Blackie - July 16, 2013
Everything existed before science explained it :)
Derek Dery - July 16, 2013