The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal Is Bringing Science and Spirit Together
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Charles Tart reconciles the scientific and spiritual worlds by looking at empirical evidence for the existence of paranormal phenomena that point toward our spiritual nature, including telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, psychokinesis, and psychic healing.
Science seems to tell us that we are all meaningless products of blind biological and chemical forces, leading meaningless lives that will eventually end in death. The truth is that unseen forces such as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, psychokinesis, psychic healing, and other phenomena inextricably link us to the spiritual world, and while many skeptics and scientists deny the existence of these spiritual phenomena, the experiences of millions of people indicate that they do take place.
In this book, copublished with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), transpersonal psychologist Charles Tart presents over fifty years of scientific research conducted at the nation's leading universities that proves humans do have natural spiritual impulses and abilities. The End of Materialism presents an elegant argument for the union of science and spirituality in light of this new evidence, and explains why a truly rational viewpoint must address the reality of a spiritual world. Tart's work marks the beginning of an evidence-based spiritual awakening that will profoundly influence your understanding of the deeper forces at work in our lives.
can do to explain someone’s behavior using concepts like, for example, “He had a difficult childhood without adequate role modeling by his father, and this resulted in neurotic complexes.” Ultimately, as good materialists, we want to be really precise and “scientific” by explaining the same behavior as something like, “excitatory activity of such and such chemical and electrical value in neural network #4,567,322 spreading to neural network #34,567,935 resulted in the behavior we observed.” Some
on the one-ahead precognitive target was some kind of artifact. (23) So the psi-missing had to be dealt with—whether I liked the idea of precognition or not! Theory: Transtemporal Inhibition In looking for processes that might account for the appearance of psi-missing, I came across the work of Nobelist Georg von Békésy (1967) on a phenomenon called lateral inhibition in neurological fields of science. First discovered in relation to the sense of touch, it turns out to be a general process
worked on people too, and developed a reputation as a healer. Grad was aware of the psychological explanation of psychic healing mentioned above. If you were ill and someone was introduced to you as a healer, and then gave you a lot of careful attention and touching, you might well heal faster but simply as a matter of suggestion and placebo effects. Undoubtedly, this is useful clinically, but how could you test for a psychic component, a pure psi component of healing? Clearly, it would help if
can think of stage-1 REM as a physiological state that has evolved during the sleep of mammals. In humans, the psychological activity of dreaming can use this physiological pattern to readily manifest itself, although mental states very like dreaming may sometimes occur in other physiological conditions. The lucid dream, a dream state in which consciousness “wakes up” and feels as if it’s pretty much in full possession of its waking faculties, also occurs in the physiological state of stage-1
culture has prepared you for it or not. The Pam Reynolds Case A standard reason for materialistic pseudoskeptics to dismiss NDEs, when they pay any attention to them at all, as nothing but brain-based hallucinations is to emphasize the “near” part of NDE, noting that the person experiencing it wasn’t really dead. The person may have looked dead from the outside if she showed no obvious signs of a pulse or respiration, and may have even been declared dead by a doctor, but the fact that she