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Maureen Caudill spent more than twenty years as a computer scientist, fifteen of those as a researcher in artificial intelligence and neural networks. She was a program manager and Artificial Intelligence researcher working on such advanced projects as DARPA ("High Performance Knowledge Base" program) and ARDA ("Advanced Question Answering for Intelligence" program).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571746633
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571746634
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,336,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I heard Maureen Caudill on "Coast to Coast" promoting her book and got the Kindle version. I had long wondered about "psi energy" metal bending, as Uri Geller bent a door key as it lay in my palm by simply putting his finger on it. I met Uri in the lab of Dr. Thelma Moss at UCLA as I was invited there for a Kirlian photography demo being the West Coast Editor of Popular Photography, POP, at that time. Geller had been trashed by another editor at POP and was eager to prove to me he was not a fraud. Between the bent key and the remote viewing I am convinced he is authentic.

A few days later he called me from New York City and perfectly described the room in which I was sitting, including the swimming pool outside! He wrongly included a table that had been removed three weeks before and this was to be an important clue to the nature of the phenomenon.

Maureen's book is a disappointment as it needs an editor in spite of one credited. Regardless declaring how easy it is to bend flatware on "Coast to Coast" and in her book, no instructions are given and it remains beyond me. Miss Caudill does not answer inquiries with regard to this technique, which is behavior below the standard for responsible authors.

Ms. Caudill fails to define terms; uses "scientific data" and "evidence." There are no such "scientific" anythings and this is shocking for someone trained in physics plus an editor not seeing said flaws, but the book has value.

She reviewed many "psi energy" studies in spite of refusing to use the label. "Psi" is the 26th letter of the Greek alphabet, looks like a three pronged pitchfork, symbolizes the mysterious "energy" of psychic metal benders, healers and mediums, but not Maureen Caudill. To her it is just "energy." So much for "science.
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My mother used to say, "Curiosity killed the cat." I was a curious child and an even more inquisitive adult - so reading "Impossible Realities" was like the best sugar high I've ever experienced because there was no crash. Only the anticipation one feels prior to embarking on a journey filled with possibility.

"Impossible Realities" is a compilation of scientific data, anecdotes and the personal experiences of Maureen Caudill, who spent fifteen years researching artificial intelligence and neural networks. If that sounds very "techie", let me assure you, this book is written in a style everyone can understand. It's a fascinating and eye-opening study of the science behind psychic and paranormal activity. If you are a skeptic, you'll find the research substantial enough to reconsider your views. If you are a believer, you'll rejoice in the validation. And if you're a student, you'll find a wealth of information from which to learn and study.

Maureen has compiled a thought provoking blend of information to support the existence of eight areas of psychic/paranormal activity: psychokinesis, remote viewing, energy healing, telepathy, animal telepathy, precognition, afterlife and reincarnation. I'm sure some of you are saying, "Hogwash!" And that's fine. Diversity of thought and action is what makes our world more interesting. However, I challenge you to read this book with an open mind and consider the possibility that these powers might exist.

The introduction tells a simple story about a village who believes swans are always white. And because no one had ever seen a swan of another color, a theory was born that all swans are white. The villagers accepted this as law. It was taught in their schools and never questioned until one day a little girl asked her teacher.
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Probably in your lifetime, science has told you one thing and years later they changed their mind. Coffee was bad for you, coffee was good for you. Cigarettes were good for you, cigarettes are bad for you. The list goes on and on. Some things will go back and forth over your lifetime. The author covers eight topics that science now says probably don't exist. I think it's funny, because science says that quantum entanglement exists, but telepathy, remote viewing and energy healing can't. Impossible realities covers topics of psychokinesis, remote viewing, energy healing, telepathy, animal telepathy, precognition, survival after death and reincarnation. If you've ever had anything happen to you in any of these fields, you will probably like the book. If you are a strict, you better be able to duplicate this in a lab scientist, you'll probably hate this book with gusto.
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Maureen Caudill is a classically trained physicist and computer programmer-turned-psychic, a topic she discusses in her previous book, Suddenly Psychic. With Impossible Realities, she's culled through all of the relevant clinical research related to what she calls "black swan phenomena" and presents the reader with the most tightly-controlled, well-respected scientific studies that support the existence of psychic phenomena. These include psychokinesis, remote viewing, energy healing, telepathy, animal telepathy, precognition, survival after death, and reincarnation. The idea is that even if everyone is told, and believes, that swans only come in white, it only takes the existence of a single black swan to disprove that mistaken belief. This, then, is her premise: that it only takes a single well-designed, well-executed double-blind study in order to prove that psychic phenomena is at least possible and not to be discounted by the scientific community. This is smart, considering the dearth of good studies out there. Caudill is obviously very bright. She writes well, with a sense of self-deprecating humor, and the subject matter is far from boring. The scientific studies she highlights in the book are definitely intriguing. I just wish there were more studies to further bolster her case. But, that's her point: more studies are needed, and scientists shouldn't shy away from this stuff. Is there enough evidence presented in this book to persuade an avowed non-believer to change course and bring all their scientific thinking and technology to bear on such a controversial subject? I'd like to think so. I'd like to think that science is catching up with the mainstream public's growing interest in this subject and that their fossilized theories yet contain room for further exploration, but I remain skeptical of the open-mindedness of the professional skeptics.
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