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Stalking the Wild Pendulum: On the Mechanics of Consciousness

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From Scientific American

A ground-breaking work. Clear, imaginative, and inspiring, it offers a revolutionary image of the human mind and the universe.

From The New Yorker

A brilliantly executed theoretical romp through the universe...to do all this with humor and suspense is indeed a major accomplishment.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Books (February 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892812028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892812028
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can't even imagine how brilliant Bentov was, because he explains the Nature of Things so clearly, intuitively and humorously for the physics- and math-impaired that it boggles my mind. And he also very gently and humorously explains those mystical connections, synchronicities and the quirky nature of time. It's the kind of abstract but accessible knowledge that opens spiritual doors. And even though theoretical physics has advanced significantly since Bentov died, his thinking still holds up quite nicely. What a tour de force. My copy is dog-eared from all the times I've visited and revisited this book, and I'm happy to have this forum to express my admiration.
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STALKING THE WILD PENDULUM is a truly classic book in the field of consciousness that's lots of fun to read! Packed with cartoons, graphs, and diagrams, this book entertains as it educates. Scientific theories and experimental results are presented in plain English that clearly show how different realities are actually different states of consciousness... and how we can move from one to another.
One of my all-time favorite exercises on stopping time is described -- which helped me better understand how I'd done that when I was a teenager, and wondered if anyone else had ever seen time slow to a stop. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to understand the true nature of reality and consciousness.
-- Cynthia Sue Larson
editor of RealityShifters News & author of AURA ADVANTAGE
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One of only a handful of books I have ever read that carry its case in such a powerful manner. I am a retired academic and have read several hundred books of quality on philosophy, metaphysical propositions, quantum mechanics, etc. Few of them offered anything approaching a really new or viable approach to the dynamics of consciousness. This book is as unique in its approach to the subject matter as George Gamow's seminal work "One, Two, Three, Infinity". It is simply astonishing, to me, to read such a erudite presentation of such a challenging topic, produced by an, essentially, academically untrained intellect. Bentov was a priceless mind. I am saddened I will never have the opportunity to engage him in direct conversation
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I read this book many years ago and it sparked my imagination. Reading it again, I realize a lot of the contents are speculative. However, it is an accessible introduction to consciousness and some of the implications of the new physics to life for the average person.

I think better books have been written on the new physics, but this book goes further than discussing science. At its most fundamental level, it is probing for meaning and presents a worldview that is open, curious and compassionate.

I found the book entertaining and it certainly sparks the imagination. This is a good introduction to a new physics paradigm in the sense of providing a starting point for the average person. Since this book was written, many other fine books on similar topics have been written, but at the time this was a pioneering work that is still worth a read.

If you are looking for a more scholarly book with less of a focus on science, then I recommend FORGOTTEN TRUTH. This is another book that takes a serious look at the search for meaning in the modern world. A BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYTHING is also very interesting and thought provoking.
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I read this book many years ago, and it made a lasting impression on me as one of the most erudite, clear explanations of cosmology, consciousness, the place of high energy physics in the scheme of things I've ever read.

Itzhak Bentov has a clear grasp of reality and makes a concise explanation of his view in terminology that is easily understood by anyone with a decent vocabulary.

I highly recommend this book--particularly for spiritual seekers.

Joseph H. Pierre

author of The Road to Damascus and other books
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this is the sort of book that along with its companion "a cosmic trip" by the same author simply and eruditely cuts to ribbons the very fabric of the newton/cartesian paradigm of existance upon which western civilization is based. Stalking the Wild Pendulum can be understood and appreciated by the dumbest teenager - should be a secondary school text book. Frees the mind from nonsense and dogma with humor, compassion, and a highly evolved intelligence. No wonder Mr. Bentov was taken out ...
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By A Customer on October 10, 2002
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This is not the easiest book to read if you have a limited background in science but it is well worth the effort. It is an astonishing work. I recommend it highly to those with an open mind and a thirst for understanding the nature of the universe. I have read more scientific texts and simpler texts -- this book strikes a remarkable balance. I truly enjoyed this book and it has inspired me to read more on the topics discussed. THIS BOOK IS DEEP! Read and enjoy.
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I found this book fascinating and relatively clear and easy to follow. Although the author is not a physicist, he did review his work with a number of them as he wrote and the result is a book about physics, creation, oneness, and consciousness that is both fun and tremedously informative to read. I highly recommend it to spiritual seekers and budding scientists alike.
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