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Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy Tanzi, MD (Hardcover)

Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy Tanzi, MD (Hardcover)
Learn about Deepak Chopra and the Chopra Center's Super Brain dietary supplement - Ayurvedic Brain Support NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy...

Joyful Wisdom

Joyful Wisdom
ABOUT THEBOOK: Yongey Mingyur is one of the most celebrated among the new generation of Tibetan meditation masters, whose teachings have touched people of all faiths around the world. His first...

Soul of Leadership (Hardcover)

Soul of Leadership (Hardcover)
ABOUT THIS BOOK Leadership is the most crucial choice one can make—it is the decision to step out of darkness into the light.      Bestselling author and spiritual guide Deepak Chopra invites...

Ten Poems to Change Your Life

Ten Poems to Change Your Life
ABOUT THE BOOK: This is a dangerous book. Great poetry calls into question not less than everything. It dares us to break free from the safe strategies of the cautious mind. It opens us to pain...

Book Of Secrets

Book Of Secrets
2005 Nautilus Book Award Grand Prize Winner! New York Times Best Seller! Every life is a book of secrets, ready to be opened. The secret of perfect love is found there, along with the secrets...

Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui

Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui
ABOUT THE BOOK: Feng Shui is the ancient oriental art of enhancing and harmonizing the flow of energy in your surroundings.  Over the last twenty years, Karen Kingston has pioneered the study...

GOD: A Story of Revelation (Hardcover)

GOD: A Story of Revelation (Hardcover)
“God is an empty term except through the revelations of all the saints, prophets, and mystics of history. They exist to plant the seeds of spirituality as a direct experience rather than a...

Brotherhood - by Deepak & Sanjiv Chopra (Hardcover)

Brotherhood - by Deepak & Sanjiv Chopra (Hardcover)
BROTHERHOOD Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream DEEPAK & SANJIV CHOPRA   “BROTHERHOOD is an uplifting account of sibling affection and success, and of the promise and infinite...

NEW Spiritual Solutions by Deepak Chopra(Hardcover)

NEW Spiritual Solutions by Deepak Chopra(Hardcover)
Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life's Greatest Challenges ( AUDIOBOOK Available )  "Great advice directly from the master on virtually any subject, it just doesn't get any better...

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Dean Radin
July 16 2013

Dean Radin

PhD

Category:  Guest Bloggers

Biography

Marvelous Science

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.
Marvelous Science
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.

Top comments

  • Everything existed before science explained it :)

    Derek Dery // 2013-07-16 23:06:00 // //
  • let it flow on it's own

    Remedy Hawke // 2013-07-16 19:38:04 // //

 

 

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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 // 2013-07-27 17:45:37 // //
  • 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. Buy 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 // 2013-07-18 13:23:49 // //
  • 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 // 2013-07-18 12:14:49 // //
  • I want to read this

    Leena Desai-Pachchigar // 2013-07-17 10:31:29 // //
  • 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 // 2013-07-17 09:17:31 // //
  • Just started reading Supernormal today. It is very good so far.

    Linda Sue Russell // 2013-07-17 05:23:35 // //
  • Everything and everybody are interconnected.

    Sylvia-Marie Blackie // 2013-07-16 23:36:59 // //
  • Everything existed before science explained it :)

    Derek Dery // 2013-07-16 23:06:00 // //
  • All of it is discourse- science is now providing evidence, rather then belief- for things that were formally described with the language of religion.

    Dean Kelly // 2013-07-16 22:45:16 // //
  • I'm still thinking about that one friend.

    Claire Falls // 2013-07-16 21:19:02 // //
  • Los milagros y la fe, y la ley de atraccción y el deseo de vivir van de la mano ....¿o no?

    Irene Mora // 2013-07-16 21:02:53 // //
  • Yes!

    Csilla Bischoff // 2013-07-16 20:44:30 // //
  • Ordered.

    Janet Taylor // 2013-07-16 20:21:51 // //
  • Yes, of course!!!

    Martin A Sandoval // 2013-07-16 20:07:14 // //
  • Ordered.....

    GT Pease // 2013-07-16 19:59:03 // //
  • Just got it delivered today :)

    Nicole Narzynski Schultz // 2013-07-16 19:53:43 // //
  • Absolutely. No matter what happens, there is a mechanics to it. There is a manner of energy allowing it to manifest. Let's see it.

    Dan Paulson // 2013-07-16 19:43:32 // //
  • Of course they should be.

    Annita Whisman Rackley // 2013-07-16 19:41:04 // //
  • let it flow on it's own

    Remedy Hawke // 2013-07-16 19:38:04 // //
  • The new physics and philosophy are already on that path. I think we will see how everything overlaps, in the not-too-distant future...

    Valerie Filippetta Leysath // 2013-07-16 19:34:32 // //