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Physics and Psychics

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This book critically examines theories of a transcendent reality in terms of all that is currently known about matter at its most fundamental level. Victor J. Stenger gives a provocative, often amusing history of psychic research and occult beliefs, offering a convincing rebuttal to those who attempt to link physics to mystical truths. Stenger examines a number of well-kno ...more
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published April 1st 1990 by Prometheus Books (first published 1990)
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David
Dec 23, 2010 David rated it really liked it
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After a quick introduction to modern physics, Stenger describes some of the foremost investigations into paranormal phenomena. Science experiments must be repeatable by more than one investigator, in order to gain validity. Stenger shows that most paranormal experiments have not been replicated, and so they are subject to severe criticism. The most interesting aspect of this book, is how the author shows that many of these paranormal phenomena, if shown to be true, are quite at odds with modern ...more
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Jan 16, 2016 John Strubhart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Victor J. Stenger was a physicist who wrote many books about the conflict between modern science and claims of believers in the paranormal or supernatural. In Physics and PsychicsVictor J. StengerPhysics and Psychics, Stenger points out the many fallacies in the assumptions, methods of investigation and analysis of data committed by those who propose that the supernatural and paranormal are legitimate foundations for accepting as real such claims as clairvoyance, psychokinesis, auras, cosmically ...more
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May 18, 2016 Kathy rated it liked it
interesting but a bit laden with quantum mechanics circa early 1990's. for which I'm grateful since I'm way behind the physics curve these days. Consciousness, the natural, the paranatural, the supernatural...we are so disconnected from the real world as it is,...I really did like the notion of keeping the requirement of locality and not reality (belying how much philosophy remains in science) and in the notion that information and information theory are important....and the concept that suffici ...more
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Nov 30, 2009 Wolf rated it liked it
I found this book in a rual library in the bin. As in, rubbish bin. It's a gem. The title suggests a book perhaps promotional of pseudoscience. Expecting something like Velikovsky or Fomenko, I was pleasantly suprised by this very accessable debunking of all things 'paranormal'. As well grounded as the best old fashioned physics textbook.

Goes great with Sagan. Don't know if it's still in print.
Megan
Oct 18, 2009 Megan rated it really liked it
This is a very factual book that explains a lot of paranormal experiences as having scientific causes.
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Physicist Victor Stenger shows how the laws of Physics rule out psychic abilities. No, abuse of Quantum Mechanics allowed.
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Tad outdated but still a good compendium.
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Victor John Stenger is an American particle physicist, outspoken atheist and author, now active in philosophy and popular religious skepticism.

As of June 2010, he has published nine books for general audiences on physics, quantum mechanics, cosmology, philosophy, religion, atheism, and pseudoscience, the latest of which include The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason, which was rele
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