This book is an excellent summary and timeline of western magical thinking which gives a comprehensive overview that helps clarify where certain ideas and elemants have derived from. It provides clarity and clear guidelines as well as an understanding of where science is trying to unravel the fundamentals of magic today. I enjoyed it immensely and could not put it down.
This book is a fascinating read. I had no idea that there was so much scientific data to support Magick. I wasn't even aware there was any science being done in this field. I would strongly recommend this book to sceptics and believers alike. An erudite tome indeed.
Given my scientific training, I don’t believe anything, but go with the evidence. This has led me to a tentative model of reality, which I modify as I am forced to accept new findings. 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.
Real magic 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.