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The Secret Art: A Brief History of Radionic Technology for the Creative Individual Paperback – September 15, 2009

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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Anomalist Books (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933665424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933665429
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love Radionics and I found Duncan's book very interesting.
Kalani B
The author does not offer only a review of radionics history as in other books on this matter, but presents some original thoughts and points of view.
IRIEL Filho
Over the years I have listened to multiple conversations about Radionics without really understanding the subject.
D. M. Wilcox

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By alyce santoro on January 9, 2010
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A "radionic apparatus" is a system, mechanical or otherwise, developed for the purpose of receiving and transmitting subtle forms of energy through an earnest practitioner into a subject. Since the early 1900's, some developers of such technologies have been using the word radionic to describe devices used mainly for purposes of healing.

Mr. Laurie's book provides a through and fascinating account of the history of this little known and much-maligned field. He suggests that outside of the medical and scientific communities, not only are radionic phenomena heartily accepted, they have been functioning effectively for thousands of years at the hands of shamans, artists, and musicians.

Mr. Laurie's thesis is that radionics, while by no means a lost art, may be a slightly-misplaced one - the ideas behind it have been discounted by those unable to appreciate the power of forces that cannot be quantified. When presented as science or medicine, radionics is easily challenged. Introduce it as a powerful creative tool, however, and radionics becomes "The Secret Art".

We take for granted that all human beings are inherently capable of experiencing intangible, unquantifiable sensations such as intention, intuition, inspiration, and other emotional states. Technologies for accessing and working with these invisible forces have been cultivated by shamans, artists, and holy people since the dawn of time. That a work of art or a piece of music can be found "moving" or "transformative" comes as no surprise. Why, then, is it such shock (to the western mind, at least) when a force we find "mysterious" serves as the catalyst for physical transformation?
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jing Qishen on November 28, 2009
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The Secret Art makes no health claims and does not recommend any form of treatment. It is a well-researched history of technology, beautifully filled with precise illustrations of rarely seen inventions.

Now largely forgotten, radionics pioneered mind-body connections with electrical equipment to purportedly detect and treat illness. It continues to attract adherents and spinoffs despite aggressive legal prosecution of its practitioners.

If you are interested in subtle energies, metaphysics or scientific controversies, this book is for you.

If you dismiss radionics as pseudoscientific quackery -- its dubious artifacts best locked safely away in private collections -- then this book is still for you. With healthy objectivity, The Secret Art traces the path of radionics from its peculiar medical origins to intriguing possibilities in agriculture, parapsychology and artistic expression.

The Secret Art belongs in art, engineering and medical libraries.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Wilcox on February 19, 2010
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Over the years I have listened to multiple conversations about Radionics without really understanding the subject. In contrast, The Secret Art has given me an excellent historical overview of the subject; which in turn has resulted in an understanding-however simplistic-of the limitless power of the human mind.

Speaking of simplistic examples, I have learned to control my emotional state by what I think about if I concentrate on doing it. If I am upset about a perceived slight or wrong, I can remind myself that I should be grateful to be alive and I almost immediately become much calmer.

To quote Mr. Laurie book on page 2: "There are far too many unknowns when it comes to the power and potential of consciousness and directed intent in Nature to discard potential opportunities just because they are not understood or condoned by science."

Do buy and read this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joe P. Szimhart on November 9, 2010
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There is no "secret" in The Secret Art by Duncan Laurie but I did find the history of radionics informative and well-researched. The author's proposition is that radionics and related occult healing remedies with their fascinating artifacts, rituals and machines can be aesthetic approaches to human awareness that can stimulate a kind of inexplicable psychic healing. Faith healing or the placebo effect by any name has a long and winding history in human affairs with widespread acceptance to this day. Scientific testing, however, as Laurie points out, has dismissed nearly all occult healing or shamanic technique as unreliable and lacking in hard evidence for support if not outright hoaxes. With the information in this book I was able to not only better understand the topic but also was able to determine, based on the extensive evidence provided, whether I agreed with the author or not. I did not agree with the author's proposition. That to me is a sign of a good book. I enjoyed reading it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By IRIEL Filho on May 27, 2013
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The author does not offer only a review of radionics history as in other books on this matter, but presents some original thoughts and points of view. But do not expect a deep dive in radionics. The book is pretty shallow, I don't know if it is intentional or not, but you won't learn radionics in there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kalani B on August 29, 2012
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I love Radionics and I found Duncan's book very interesting. The subject of Radionics has an imense potential in many areas, I am particularly amazed with the environment applications where it can be used to clean up and detoxify polluted areas. I have found that working with a Radionic device I must be in a meditative state, very relaxed, to be able to accurately find the rates, this was confirmed in this book. The information is very clear and well referenced. It is a shame this information was so suppressed in the past. I hope others buy this book and learn about this amazing technology, our world can definately use creative Radionics work.
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