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Do You See What I See?: Lasers and Love, ESP and the CIA, and the Meaning of Life Paperback – February 1, 2010
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In addition -- and this is particularly relevant to Do You See What I See? -- Russell, himself, has been on a path of personal transformation. This book is especially lucid in terms of integrating modern, scientific ideas with thought from Hindu and Buddhist teachings.
Because it is autobiographical, this is the most wide-ranging of all of Targ's books. It is also the most personal. For anyone interested in the human story behind the career of a great parapsychology researcher (not to mention laser physicist), this book is a must read.
As the reader learns, Targ is a very complex man, one who has followed a multiplicity of trails. While he is legally blind and a self-confessed "Mr. Magoo,", he really does ride a motorcycle efficiently. Though best known for studying consciousness, he is also a laser physicist. Somewhat surprisingly, those, and many other aspects of his life, are adroitly intertwined in a way that makes sense, but only after the disparate pieces are assembled.
This is the latests of several books he has written. They are clear, concise, and complelling. Do You See What I See? is highly recommended for both consciousness aficionados and those novice-curious.
The reference to Zelig in the book's description is apropos, and I was glad to find it wasn't marketing bull manure. There are lots of great stories here from a guy at the top of his game, and really nothing with which you could take issue. Targ's not selling any ideas here that you have to buy; the research and evidence from his career are presented in other publications.
For me, "Do You See What I See?" was a fabulous book with many surprises. Not the least of which were these two, paraphrasing from Targ's writing: 1.) You're not your business card or personal story, and 2.) he believes that our species has evolved as far as it's going to, and now our business is about consciousness. To have seen a man who used to be all about military RV write such a thing is cause for pause and reflection. Although Targ wasn't an enlisted man, the massive organizations for which he worked literally wear their jobs and ranks in full view on their sleeves.
There are also pleasant, personal anecdotes from Targ's earliest life, while he grew-up marinated in the environment of famous authors who worked with his publishing father. He drops thoughtful, funny and surprising one-liners with some regularity. Probably my favorite was, "Indeed, at this stage of my life, I am much more interested in questioning answers, than my previous specialty of answering questions." Having been afflicted with that attitude most of my life, his writing feels like that of a kindred soul.
The style of this book is rambling, through Targ's stream of awareness. Since eidetic memory isn't one of my skills, I'll go back and revisit the sections which spoke to me. This is obviously not a textbook so one shouldn't expect it read like one.Read more ›
Then there are very personal discussions relating to Bobby Fisher, Targ's brother in-Law. The memoirs have a most unusual ending discussing the burial of Bobby in Iceland in which Targ played an important role.
As a person deeply involved with Buddhist thinking, Targ describes how he has developed a philosophy leading to an enviable peaceful and fulfilling life. His book should be interesting to just about any sophisticated reader.
Robert J. von Gutfeld
New York, New York
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Russel's work is unique and pioneering
a synthesis of many areas with a practical applicable intention. Read more
Russell Targ is the author or coauthor of a number of books about research into the paranormal, in particular the series of projects in remote viewing conducted for the CIA and... Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by Ileana Grams-Moog
A great book but doesn't read as well as it would if the reader has completed one of Targ's other books. Suggest "Limitless Minds" as a good start. Read morePublished on January 4, 2012 by The Psych
This book covers a huge amount of information, both personal and professional concerning Dr. Targ. It is also extremely entertaining.Published on November 11, 2011 by Philip G. Thrasher
An intimate look into the experiences and serendipitous events that led to an eventful and productive life.Published on April 5, 2010 by Robert Hilton
A truly outstanding autobiography, packed with choice morsels of both science and spirituality. The author's story of scientific research in remnote viewing, as well as other... Read morePublished on February 27, 2010 by Henry E. Altenberg
Make no mistake, this is a personal memoir. You will not find out much about remote viewing, or Uri Geller, or any of the other secret stuff that went on at SRI, but you will gain... Read morePublished on November 25, 2009 by W. Paul Blakey