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Impossible Realities: The Science Behind Energy Healing, Telepathy, Reincarnation, Precognition, and Other Black Swan Phenomena Paperback – September 1, 2012
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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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I will get the gripe over quickly: I finished the Kindle version long before I realised - it told me I was at 60% of the book. There are pages and pages of citations and footnotes at the end, though the notes are funny and enlightening, so well worth reading. The author comes over as natural and her writing style is easy to follow, despite the footnotes and sometimes difficult concepts.
When I'd finished Impossible Realities, I looked at the back cover of Suddenly Psychic and found a similar description of the book I had just read, but without the swans. So what has changed in the intervening years?
The author has lost some of the wonder and awe at discovering "paranormal" phenomena. In Suddenly Psychic, she has a sense of amazement and incredulity at some of her own experiences, whereas in Impossible Realities, she not only believes them, she lives them daily. There is no longer a feeling of this scientist's world being turned on its head. Instead, you get a strong sense of frustration at the lack of money and progress, as well as the general denigration of this field of scientific study. This is not a lamentation of swans, however, as Maureen Caudill puts forward the theories and research of some eminent people in support of scientific study of these impossible realities.
If you already "get it" - the whole idea of being more than just a brain and body parts, and you believe that psychic phenomena require a measured explanation, then you will almost certainly enjoy Impossible Realities.
As with Suddenly Psychic, I had to re-read the section about quantum mechanics several times but I'm glad I read it as I feel closer to understanding why time's arrow works in both directions. Thanks to this book I have an explanation of and reason for precognition (the sixth black swan). In fact, if you need a 2-second head start over a lion you cannot see yet, then I'm your woman!
"Try it. You'll like it."
I hope you enjoy it as I did!
I was raised a catholic in a time when mass was said in latin, I thought, in my minds eye, that life should be viewed with blinders secured in place but always wondered if anything else was out there, well EVERYTHING ELSE is out there, you just have to look and this book gives some guidance.