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The Reality of ESP: A Physicist's Proof of Psychic Abilities Paperback – March 27, 2012
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--Light of Consciousness
"In this witty and informative new book, physicist-author and renowned psi researcher Targ summarizes three decades of research into psychic phenomena, describing the evidence as "so strong as to be logically or probabilistically unreasonable to deny." From psychic policemen and stock market predictions to military programs and the "physics of miracles," the realm of ESP is varied and deep, and Targ covers it all. He concludes with a chapter on how to cultivate one's own paranormal abilities." --The Noetic Post
"In The Reality of ESP: A Physicist's Proof of Psychic Abilities, Russell Targ shares his comprehensive scientific research to provide convincing evidence that by quieting our minds we can access information in the field of potentiality where there is no distance in space and time" --Deepak Chopra, author of War of the Worldview
"This book, detailing its author's many successful investigations into the paranormal, should make those who deny the possible existence of such phenomena think again." --Brian Josephson, Nobel Laureate in Physics and Emeritus Professor, Physics, University of Cambridge
"For decades, physicist Russell Targ has produced some of the most significant scientific research ever conducted on the nature of consciousness. He has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that the mind can function without limitation in space and time, and that this ability is widespread, teachable, and practical. The Reality of ESP is an inspiring description of who we really are, and why we should not settle for less" --Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words and The Power of Premonitions
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While `The Reality of ESP' may not change the minds of skeptics who cannot get themselves to believe in anything that seems foreign or impossible based on their training, Targ gives some remarkable examples of remote viewing and pre-cognition that will make even the most hardened non-believers rethink their inflexible position. Simply put, the author shows how far we are from knowing everything about man's mental capabilities and the nature of the universe. It would be worthwhile to reflect and at least keep an open mind to those who have explored the realm of what is considered impossible. Targ describes remarkable experiments and their equally remarkable results that can't help but be disturbing, yet offer new breathtaking insights into the unknown, even to physicists like myself.
Robert J. von Gutfeld, PhD
are accurate, complete and credible. Much of this cannot be done but in a few
cases I was able to make some headway.
The author begins with the topic of remote viewing. He offers persuasive evidence
that something inexplicable is going on based on experiments funded by the CIA
and Army. Pictures are given that are very impressive. When you look up remote
viewing on wikipedia, you get a different opinion. For one thing, it states that
the program was terminated in 1995 "after it failed to produce any useful intelligence."
However, when you click on a link connected to this statement it actually says that
it didn't produce any "actionable" intelligence. Having worked in the intelligence
community for most of my career, I can say that these are two very different things.
Most useful intelligence is not actionable. For instance, it was highly debated
(according to public sources) whether the intelligence gathered about the whereabouts
of Bin Laden were actionable or not. The final decision was made by the President.
Actionable means we are willing to drop a bomb on a foreign country, e.g., Pakistan,
because we are so sure of the intelligence. I doubt any psychic intelligence will
ever fit into this category because of its very nature. That doesn't mean it isn't useful.
I have seen other research on using remote viewing in archaeology that is also impressive.
Many of the results, however, are junk. The author himself implies a success rate of
no more than 65%. Still, the point is that something inexplicable may be happening.
See, for example, the pictures on pp. 119 and 120.
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It depends on your prior beliefs. If you started with the stance that you don't have a strong opinion one way or the other, but you're curious about ESP and will let the data guide you, then yes, you are very likely to come away from this book (or any of the others written by Russell Targ) with confidence that ESP is indeed real. If you start from the position of a confirmed believer in ESP, then you will also enjoy this book because it will confirm what you already believe.
If, however, you hold a strong belief that ESP is impossible, then you probably wouldn't have picked up the book in the first place. But even if you did, and you actually read it, it wouldn't sway your belief much. It's not because the evidence doesn't exist, or that it isn't "good" enough, but because beliefs strongly modulate our perceptions and opinions. Fortunately, science is powerful enough to advance beyond personal beliefs, and the science underlying Targ's claim is substantial.
I will be unreservedly recommending this work to anyone interested in the subject and particularly those who have formed strong opinions about the impossibility of ESP. Russell Targ looks at the subject from the perspective of an experimental physicist and finds compelling scientific evidence to confirm that something very much like ESP can be demonstrated without fail under laboratory conditions. As any physicist would, he seeks to find a model that will help us describe just how it is that such experiences are possible.
All we have to do is to read this excellent book. I intend to buy many copies for friends and am deeply grateful that Mr. Targ has had the courage and wisdom to write this compelling work.
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Deeply credible, this book examines a topic which is often associated with tabloids. Don't dismiss the book over genre! Read morePublished 25 days ago by Eric Chaffee
Russell Targ is one of a number of scientists who have studied ESP, had experiments published in peer-reviewed journals, and had personal expareinces. He is worth listening to.Published 11 months ago by Truth seeker
this fella Russell is a bit myopic, he's so close to the subject i dont think he can really see it. a nice try.Published 12 months ago by will crow
I like the way it is written and presented. I am encouraged to develop my own abilities because of reading this book.Published 13 months ago by The Bings
Very compelling and well written book. I especially like how Targ provides mathematical explanations for much psychic phenomena. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Just one opinion
The is 'the' essential introduction to the historical, scientific, sociopolitical, practical, and phililisophical foundations of local awareness, some of which is known under the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Thomas G. Nielsen
I read this book to learn about ESP and found that it was interesting at first, but degenerated into ghost stories, seances, and out of body experiences. Read morePublished on July 11, 2014 by bobbyr