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The Source Field Investigations by David Wilcock
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May 05, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: crackpot-science
Read in May, 2012

I did not read this entire book. After reading a few chapters, I realized it is just crackpot science. This book is what happens when a filmmaker pretends to understand history and science. I give this book the lowest possible rating--but if I could give it 0 stars, I would.

The book starts out with the Backster effect. Backster used polygraphs for many years, and on a whim he connected a polygraph to a plant. He found that the plant's readings were not steady, but showed some movement. Backster tapped the plant's leaf, and dipped it into coffee, there was no reaction. But when Backster threatened to burn the leaf, the polygraph went wild. Backster repeated the experiment, and found similar results. He even tried putting a plant in a Faraday cage (which prevents electromagnetic waves from reaching to or from the plant), and got positive results. Later he realized that he was causing distress to the plant, so he ceased. He participated in making a film about the experiment, where an actor threatened the plant, and the polygraph showed a strong reaction.

The book does not mention that a number of scientists have tried the experiment, but have not been able to repeat Backster's results. This indicates that Backster was not using controlled conditions.

Another chapter described the Great Pyramid in Egypt. The details about the precision of the pyramid's construction are fascinating. But the numerology tidbits that the author used to increase the reader's sense of awe are just--underwhelming.

I cannot finish this book. It is bogus science, intended for gullible people.
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Michael A. Sherbon Perhaps some further research is needed, note the talk page on the Wiki page:
"Inaccuraccies in the article

I've actually replicated some of Backster's studies for myself and found it works. When i get some more time I'll update the page wth some more information. Though the phenomena sounds farfetched, there's some good evidence out there, better than is presented here."

Trewavas, A. 2003. Aspects of Plant Intelligence. Annals of Botany. 92:1-20.

Dziubinska, H., Trebacz, K., and Zawadzki, T. 2001. Transmission route for action potentials and variation potentials in Helianthus annuus L. Journal of Plant Physiology. 158: 1167-1172.

Baluska, F., Volkmann, D., Menzel, D. 2005. Plant synapses: actin-based domains for cell-to-cell communication. Trends in Plant Science. Vol. 10(3): 107-111.

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