In his book, “Entangled Minds”, Dean Radin blends his experience as a scientist with his sincere desire to present readers with easily understood and timely information about quantum mechanics and Psi research (Psi as it is used here can be defined as, “A means by which information can be gained from a distance without the use of the ordinary senses.”)
After a brief, but thorough, look at the history/origins of Psi, dating all the way back to 2000 BC when the Egyptians used a practice known as ‘dream incubation’ to connect with oracles, Dean takes us through many of the most recent studies into the nature of Psi and then connects this to the realms of science via the world of quantum physics.
As science progressed from Newtonian physics into the world of quantum physics in the early 1900s, many of the traditional views and beliefs that were held for hundreds of years started to be re-examined. In spite of assertions made by people like physicist Albert Michelson, the first American to win a Noble prize, who claimed that the laws of physics had all been discovered (by the end of the 19th century), we see that the five basic assumptions in classical physics: reality, locality, causality, continuity, and determinism are now being questioned under the new rules of quantum physics. Non-locality, entanglement, the Observer effect, and even retroactivity are terms now being used that at one time would have been considered preposterous, nonsensical and even heretical.
Scientific research, conducted over many decades, in different labs around the world, with different research teams and participants, has proven that various forms of Psi do indeed exist; however, the precise mechanisms of how these phenomena work is still a mystery and the topic of much debate. In spite of this, various hypotheses do already exist and one underlying fact that they all seem to have in common (in my layman’s opinion) is that the mechanisms of Psi cannot be explained with traditional, Newtonian physics: it seems that the answer lies in the quantum world.
It is this possibility that Dean explores with a sense of wit and optimism in “Entangled Minds” and I believe a comment that Dean makes sums up perfectly the views that scientists must take if they do wish to discover the nature of the universe. Dean states that, “My prejudice is that it’s more important to promote the serious study of novel ideas than it is to worry that some of those ideas might be wrong. I feel this way because history shows that virtually all exciting breakthroughs in science come from entertaining “crazy” ideas.”
Perhaps one day in the not too distant future, scientists like Dean Radin will have conquered the unfounded fears of Flat Earth folks who refuse to accept that there might truly be “spookiness at a distance” and perhaps at that time it will be common sense that the field of science and, heaven forbid, psychic phenomena are indeed children of the same parents.