- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1st edition (April 2, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1572246456
- ISBN-13: 978-1572246454
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal Is Bringing Science and Spirit Together Hardcover – April 2, 2009
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A faculty member at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, scientist Tate (Altered States of Consciousness, On Being Stoned) spent more than 50 years studying the paranormal. In this challenge to traditional science and spirituality, Tart employs scientific skepticism and an open mind (both essential to interpreting results "as objectively as possible") to question the seeming contradiction between "the formal, rational rules of science, which have worked so well in understanding the physical world" and "behaviors that cannot be reduced to materialistic explanations." To substantiate his thesis, Tart analyzes a number of scientific paranormal experiments: distinguishing the color of face-down cards, testing the hypothesis that feedback training improves telepathic ability, attempts to show a relationship between electromagnetism and clairvoyance, etc. Elsewhere, Tate makes intriguing comparisons between out-of-the-body experiences and near-death experiences, both of which support (but don't prove) the phenomenon of "postmortem survival" (children who "remember" past lives are also examined). While admitting that he has no "final, absolutely certain, and wonderful answers," Tart covers a wide range of phenomena (remote viewing, psychic healing, mediumship) and leaves readers much to ponder.
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For fifty years, world-renowned transpersonal psychologist Charles Tart conducted scientific experiments at prestigious institutions such as Stanford University and the University of California, Davis, to explore the nature of paranormal phenomena. In The End of Materialism, Tart presents his findings and explains how the scientific and spiritual worlds can be reconciled.
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But those things for me were 1/7th of the book. By nature I'm impatient, and to a friend I offered a tongue-in-cheek comment that I'd like to help Tart re-write the book to reduce it by half. I loved his anecdotes turned into research although I found them too long; in turn I'd love to talk with him in person because he has a dry sense of humor I'd appreciate.
It's a good book, but my interests in research are fairly shallow; I'm most interested in practical applications and experiences of psi abilities. Because he has been among the best researchers, Tart spends lots of time discussing research protocols and the application of research to proof or disproof of psi phenomena. But if you're good at quickly scanning for hard kernels of seedy truth, get the book. Tart is one of parapsychology's greater bridges, and his contributions to the field's 4,000 good studies are well worth your investment in the shoe leather to cross what he provides.