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Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe Paperback – Illustrated, 15 April 2018
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According 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 practice.
But 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 more powerful than we thought, and that we can tap into the power of intention (think The Secret, only on a more realistic and scientific level). These dormant powers can help us to lead more interesting and fulfilling lives.
Beginning 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.
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"The modern scientific world is experiencing a radical shift in its understanding of our reality, originating in the deep mystery of quantum physics almost a century ago, and maturing through the refinement of the mind-brain relationship, and of the very nature of consciousness. In Real Magic, Dean Radin, as one of the world's leading scientific investigators of this exciting frontier, reveals the detailed nature of this world-changing mindscape in an arena that many will find illustrative of the true potential of this new dawn of understanding: the reality of certain forms of "magic," as we come to a far more powerful manifestation of our free will, and a much deeper knowing of the natural world and of our powers on emerging reality. Highly recommended! --Eben Alexander M.D., author of Proof of Heaven and co-author of Living in a Mindful Universe
"Filled with fascinating facts and intriguing ideas, Real Magic places the laboratory findings from parapsychology in the broader context of centuries of magic practices. This wholly original work then points toward new understandings of reality that can no longer be ignored." --Jim B. Tucker, M.D., author of the New York Times bestseller Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives
"Real Magic illustrates the limitations of 20th century science and proposes a more comprehensive view that incorporates ideas that have been associated with magic throughout the ages. Blending history, humor, and plausible hypotheses, Dean Radin illustrates that there is a staggering amount of evidence for a broader view of science that offers hope for the future of humanity." --Jessica Utts, Professor of Statistics, University of California, Irvine and 2016 President of the American Statistical Association "Dean Radin writes about all those scientifically and experimentally proven findings that for most people, are beyond imagination, mysterious, or even impossible. This is what Radin calls 'magic'. Everybody and everything are always interrelated, interacting, and interconnected, beyond time and space. To better understand this challenging new worldview we need a new paradigm in science. Highly recommended." --Pim van Lommel, cardiologist, author of Consciousness Beyond Life
"Knowing Dean Radin's scientific work (and appreciating his sense of humor!), I knew I'd like Real Magic, but after the first page I was hooked and read the whole book in a day. Parapsychologists have too often gotten stuck in abstractions about psychic abilities, but Radin now situates parapsychology where it belongs: it's about magic. And magic is about humanness and our spiritual nature, not just spells and love potions. Read, enjoy, learn!" --Charles T. Tart, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of California, Davis; Emeritus Faculty, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA. "Real Magic will be known as one of the few real paradigm-changing works of science. Radin builds a case, supported by plenty of data as well as by theoretical ideas that are all real and can be studied. Consciousness is the foundation of everything. This is what makes magic so real--it will be the new science. A very delightful book, highly recommended." --Menas C. Kafatos, co-author of the New York Times bestselling You Are the Universe and Professor of Computational Physics, Chapman University "The real magic of Dean Radin is that he continually insists on a clear eyed, fact based assessment of the accumulating data that 'real magic' is real. The delightful, easily flowing nature of his text - covering complex histories of magic and high level scientific analyses - is, itself, magical." --Neil Theise, MD, Professor of Pathology at NYU School of Medicine
"Dean Radin shows how even a weighty subject like the nexus of esoteric ideas and modern science can still be an entertaining, easy read. He teaches us here that real magic is not a regression to ancient superstition, but rather an intriguing and surprisingly persuasive anticipation of future science." --James Fallon, Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine "With scientific precision and an expanded model of consciousness based on many years of patient experimentation, Real Magic explores the new frontiers of what passes for reality in our modern world of quanta, entanglement and multiple dimensions. Magic is the ancient source of modern science: it reflects humanity's desire to control its environment and life itself. With clear
thought and welcome humor--a rare commodity in this field--Dean Radin shows that the study of magic is not only a matter of historical curiosity; it also holds an important key to future knowledge of ourselves and the universe our thoughts create. --Jacques Vallee, PhD, computer scientist, venture capitalist "Real Magic is a philosophical and scientific milestone. Dean Radin explores the history and foundations of magic, proposing a worldview uniquely appropriate for the challenges of the 21st century. This book is a brilliantly organized bridge that spans the esoteric traditions, magical lore, parapsychology, and contemporary science." --Stanley Krippner, Professor of Psychology, Saybook University "We have entered an age when simple artificial neural networks (ANNs), with only a few hundred neurons, outperform humans in more and more tasks, forcing more and more people out of jobs and seriously threatening our future. How can a simple system of a thousand neurons outperform humans with billions of neurons and, as many of us believe from inescapable experience, some kind of real soul? The answer is that NNs are usually designed to focus. We, too, need to develop our own fullest ability to focus our own minds in order to keep up, to connect with each other better, and to survive and grow as a species. I commend Dean Radin for his efforts in Real Magic to extract what many esoteric traditions from all over the world have learned through time, to help us train ourselves to focus the full powers of our minds, and for moving us forward (like Freud and Jung) on the long, difficult, but all-important road to bring this line of inquiry into the forefront of science." --Paul Werbos, PhD, former program director of the National Science Foundation Some scientists are confident that we already know what is and is not possible. But the truth is that science is very much in its infancy. To advance our understanding requires bold excursions into domains some might consider heretical, including esoteric legends about magic that have persisted for thousands of years. This is what Dean Radin sets out to do with Real Magic. In my judgment, it succeeds in blazing new trails. Well worth the read. --Kary Mullis PhD, Nobel Laureate (Chemistry) "There is a tacit agreement in conventional science to deny, ignore, and remain silent about the most astonishing fact of our lives: the capacity of our consciousness to shape our existence and the so-called physical world. This is the equivalent of blind men refusing the gift of vision. In Real Magic, Dean Radin challenges us to abandon this childish pretense, this taboo, not on the basis of faith but of science itself. Our future likely depends on how we respond to the key messages in Real Magic." --Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters "Scientists tend to be critical of the scholars who reputedly refused to look through Galileo's telescope. In Real Magic, Dean Radin lays out impressive evidence that 'there are more things in Heaven and Earth' than are dreamed of in 21st century physics. How will this story end? Will 21st century physicists prove to be more like Galileo, or more like his opponents?" --Peter Sturrock, PhD, emeritus professor of physics, Stanford University, and author of Late Night Thoughts About Science
Radin cleverly frames yesterday's sorcery as today's edge science. Must reading for would-be Gandalfs and Circes. --Nick Herbert, PhD, physicist, author of Quantum Reality The book Real Magic gives a fascinating insight into both the historic and modern perspectives of magical practice. The modern 'magic' that Dean Radin refers to embodies a range of 'psi' phenomena whose occurrence is stubbornly statistically significant. Their magnitude may be modest, but after hundreds of thousands of high quality experiments, instances of remote viewing and precognition for example, are persistent outcomes that cannot be explained away by chance or poor methodology. From a conventional scientific point of view these are anomalies that do not fit the existing paradigm. For Dean Radin these phenomena are an inevitable consequence of a universal consciousness that underpins the very fabric of space-time itself. For most of us the myriad distractions of the everyday world dull our senses, but with concerted effort, yoga and meditation, it seems that gifted individuals might be capable of amazing things. But as Radin says "Magic is real, but no one said it's going to be fast or easy." --Dr Steve Boreham, University of Cambridge
- ASIN : 1524758825
- Publisher : CROWN; Illustrated edition (15 April 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781524758820
- ISBN-13 : 978-1524758820
- Dimensions : 13.03 x 1.5 x 20.17 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 19,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The worldview I have developed over the years has been supported and strengthened by reading Real Magic by Dean Radin. However, I have also needed to modify it. In clear and often humorous language, Dean presents the case for the reality of “paranormal” abilities. The experiments, observations and examination of historical records are convincing evidence that people can use mental force to affect objects, influence other people, change the future, and foresee what is going to happen. There is even the case of one person reported to be able to influence large-scale weather events.
As with another of my interests, evidence for reincarnation, the reaction of many people is dismissal. It can’t be true, because it is unscientific.
This is “scientism,” and is illogical. Science is not a body of beliefs, but a method of inquiry that can be applied to any field -- and we need to go with the findings regardless of where they take us.
About my only criticism of this amazing book is overkill in two chapters. Chapter 4 on the history of magic, and chapter 8 on the opinions of contemporary scientists, are full of names, each an appropriate documentation, but too many of them. This eagerness to document is understandable when facing the prejudice of scientism, but even without all those allies, Dean’s case is indisputable.
There is also the examination of how such things are possible. The conclusion is the same as that of quantum mechanics, and of the study of reincarnation: The Universe is One, and is Consciousness. The material universe we sense, of matter, energy and time, is a derivative of this Consciousness. And the Universe is indivisible, whole, so your consciousness is part of All, and separation is an illusion. When you can tune into the Universal Consciousness you are, you can do things that make no sense from an isolated, materialist perspective.
Every intelligent person, and especially every scientist, should read this book.
Thank you Dean for creating this book.
There was A need in the current reality for this book. I love the scientific side of magic also the safe way to start magic. Which we are all likely doing anyway e.g Setting goals.
For anyone who wants to expand there understanding of what could be possible. Read this book.
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If you already know quite a bit about magic (I do, coz I use it in myself) then this book will add extra reasons to like it even more.
If you don't know anything about magic, then Dean's book will give you something very interesting to think about.
Mr/Dr Radin is a scientist and professor and has spent the last 40+ years researching human consciousness, mostly the psi (parapsychology) phenomena.
The book is written in a light-hearted way in parts and sincere in others and introduces the concept that 'magic' actually is a thing. He demonstrates the scientific evidence that thoughts are 'things', that we can sense others’ emotions and intentions from a distance and that intuition is more powerful than we could ever have thought (well, that's the average person, for sure)
He covers the history and origins of magic, the science of magic, the practice of magic and forward into the future of magic.
I especially liked the inclusion of this wonderful quote from the Defense Intelligence Agency (US):
"The evidence for a valid information transfer anomaly [a euphemism the committee used for remote viewing] meets all recognised statistical and methodological criteria. This means the anomaly cannot be explained by poor experimental design, incorrect protocols, faulty analyses, or fraud. The magnitude of this anomaly is considered to be medium when compared to other known human behaviors."
Now, when someone has devoted such a large portion of their life to the subject, then we as the 'general public' need to pay attention.
You're not going to wire people up to sensors, or research how blessed tea will make you happier, but he has.
So, read this book and find out the reality of magic, not the hearsay.