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An open mind ponders the possibilities,
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I like the book. The subjects are fascinating and Grof tells his anecdotes well. I would love to see more formal statistical modeling of the anecdotal evidence.
There is a dichotomy between the anecdotal and the modern scientific view that is most excellently expressed in the anecdotal story of the author's meeting with Carl Sagan. Sagan actually shows his bias and a lack of scientific inquiry. There is room on the boat for all ideas, and Sagan shows typical scientific arrogance when it comes to discussing ideas that are beyond his scientific expertise. "I just know it's wrong" is not a scientific argument.
Grof likewise fails us with his lack of statistical data that back up his claims, expecting us to see his anecdotes as evidence when in reality his data hold nothing more than face value. Without data, the anecdote becomes just one more datum without a hypothesis. Great stories, but what are they REALLY about?
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Initial post: Jul 2, 2011 5:10:08 PM PDT
Greg Schneider says:
"Without data, the anecdote becomes just one more datum without a hypothesis." -- I think that the core motivation for writing his book was to show that not all that we experience can be supported "with data". I have had personal experiences that I am unable to "prove" to anyone with data, but I do know they happened and they were real.
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