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The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe

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Science has recently begun to prove what ancient myth and religion have always espoused: There may be such a thing as a life force.

Lynne McTaggart, indefatigable investigative journalist, reveals a radical new biological paradigm -- that on our most fundamental level, the human mind and body are not distinct and separate from their environment but a packet of pulsating pow
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Paperback, 268 pages
Published August 5th 2003 by Quill (first published April 1st 2003)
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jade
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spirituality

The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe seemed promising and interesting to me at first glance because of author Lynne McTaggart’s angle. She tries to show that certain questionable topics, such as linking quantum physics to the somewhat New Age-ish idea that every single thing in the universe is connected, can actually be shown to be true via proper scientific research (double-blind, other researchers replicating the methods and getting the same results, etc.). The hypothesis
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We are here. We are a part of the world of light unseen (or even seen!). We resonate. We are the field.

In practice this means this:
- A bunch of people are getting Prinston academic awards? The weather's gonna be fine, since everyone would be feeling peachy!
- Chickens experiments.
- Men vs women random coin tests.
- Unexpected benefits of meditation.
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We create space and time on the surface of our retinas. (c)
Q:
Although we perceive science as an ultimate truth, science is finally just a story,
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Linda
Apr 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to understand the world!
I'm currently reading this book. It is validating my interest in the quantum field. We create our own reality with our thoughts. And it is only a matter of time until we create either more joy or more pain!

Since thoughts become reality, it behooves us to pay attention to what we are thinking!!
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Lorraine
Jul 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of the most though-provoking books I've read. The ZPF theories have profound implications for all of us, individually and collectively. McTaggart does an excellent job of translating the scientific data into an understandable package. A must-read for all--those seeking a mental challenge and those searching for spiritual connectivity regardless of their religious affiliation, as well as atheists. ...more
Claudia Putnam
Um. I had to read this for a class. There's some stuff in here, but you really have to be an incredibly well-trained critical thinker, which I like to think I am, to pull what's worthwhile out. Just note that none of the scientists she interviews is one of the blurbers of this book. Note the latest update was in 2008. Google around for peer-reviewed publications on the Zero Point Field that have been published recently. Note that she often quotes this or that scientist on some cool discovery and ...more
Kai Zhuang
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Note: This is a review of the audiobook narrated by the author. I do not know if the audiobook is exactly the same as the book.

This is perhaps the most disappointing (audio) book I have ever read.

As a trained systems scientist and bio-engineer with a wide variety of experiences in body-mind and energy disciplines, I am very very interested in the subject matter. To be honest, I went in without too much skepticism. Based on my experience, Qi or Life Force is real, and existing scientific paradigm
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Michelle
May 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
When I picked up this book, I was worried that it was going to turn out to be flaky, new-age stuff with a couple of studies on quantum physics that only tangentially supported the claims being made.

However, I was very pleasantly surprised. The evidence presented is accompanied by important information for evaluating its scientific usefulness (sample sizes, study designs) but still manages to explain everything without using statistics too tough for the layman to understand. There is a huge body
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Emily
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you only read one review, please make it this one! It’s a long one, but it addresses things that I really think you should consider.

I want to start by saying that many of the core concepts in this book are things that I already believe or want to believe. That’s mainly why I picked up the book—I’m searching for proof to vindicate my view of the world, that the entire universe is connected in some intangible way, that there’s more to human (and animal) consciousness than just the right mix of
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Clara Raubertas
Feb 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Deceptive pseudoscience. The author reports "studies" purporting to show that ESP and similar phenomena exist -- but she either fails to include statistical information, or includes numbers from the study and then *straight-up lies* about their statistical relevance (hint: guessing the outcome of a coin flip correctly in 52.5% of 100-ish trials is not a statistically significant deviation from chance). Further, there are no negative results included -- she claims that studies show that ESP-like ...more
Jim George
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Pretty deep stuff, I'm glad that I was preparing my mind back in the 60s and 70s! Our brain is not a storage medium, it is a receiving mechanism, our short and long term knowledge doesn't reside in our brains it is instead stored in the Zero Point Field. The universe is a vast dynamic cobweb of energy exchange from the ZPF and available to us. Consciousness at its most basic is coherent light and the physical world only exists in its concrete state while we are involved in it. If we are going to ...more
Alan
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that will make you shake your head as you think about the power of prayer. An amazing account of scientifically proven experiences, that are further reinforced by events more recent.

The 30 days of prayer in Washington D.C. in support of peace, and the astounding result. Remote prayer for HIV patients, with more amazing results. But the ultimate take away is denomination was not the deciding factor. A must read for those doubtful of the power of your thoughts.The Field
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Daniel
Aug 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it's telling that there are no negative reviews of this book here. It's an extremely interesting story about the grid of energy that connects everything on earth to everything else on earth, as well as to everything else in the universe. Sound like a lot to absorb? Well, it is, but it is done tastefully with some very compelling data that does not misrepresent itself. The data does not need to be inflated to be astounding; it is in fact the mere decimal of difference in the data that spe ...more
Monica
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is by far one of the most important books I have read, and I think anyone should read.

As a yoga practitioner, and one who has gone through reiki training, my rational mind seeks more scientific substantiation of what the yogis, healers and spiritualists have known for thousands of years.

The field refers to the zero point field (ZPF), which is made up of the spaces between sub-atomic particles. At absolute zero, this field still emits energy. It is not a vacuum but a field that is constantl
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Cheryl
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating read! If you believe that there is an energy field that exists beyond human comprehension and want to see the scientific studies that are searching for and proving it exists, this is your book. There are so many fascinating studies regarding quantum physics here! This is one of the best books I have ever read on the reality of intentional and conscious living.
mark
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Weaves together the scientific work done over the last 80 years which cumulatively goes a very long way to supporting New Age healings. Very eye opening to get such a clearer understanding of spontaneous recovery or telekinesis. Enjoy.
Amy
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very profound book! While there is a lot of scientific information and terms in here, it is very much worth reading. Science has never been my best subject, but still I continued to read, and learned a lot. My need for wanting to know, overpowered my discomfort with science terms. I only gave it 4 stars for those like me that may have a slight challenge with wrapping your brain around the science terminology. I have also picked up her The Power of Eight book, and it's written in much less comp ...more
BooksnWool
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, science
This book was an interesting read and a great summary of all the research in these related fields of thought. It is extensively referenced and to label all the contents as pseudoscience is unfair. The main fault is that the author gives equal weight to good sources and dodgy ones (though just because the establishment considers something dodgy, it ain't necessarily so!) Lacking a science background, she also misses the meaning of some of her conclusions. To be fair, it would be very difficult to ...more
Amy
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mind-body, science
This book is ridiculously fascinating. And wonderfully heady. And very, very difficult to grok. What you may or may not know about me: I am enchanted (albeit still utterly mystified) by quantum mechanics. If Peter Vollhardt, my Organic Chemistry professor at UC Berkeley in 1989, had somehow managed to explain quantum mechanics a little more clearly at the time, the course of my life may very well have been different. I might be working in a weird little lab somewhere, investigating the Zero Poin ...more
Michelle Desgagne
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
The author goes to great lengths to introduce complex concepts in layman's terms to those of us who are not nor will ever be, Rocket Scientists! That said however several of these concepts are still tricky for most of us to absorb with the same zeal that the author presents them with. I loved the precept; Present the works of cutting edge science & scientists in readable and accessible language so that we can all be as excited about these new ground-breaking realities as the scientists themselve ...more
Aidan Reid
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quite technical at times but a pretty enjoyable read. A good one for lovers of 'The Secret'. ...more
Vince Dacosta
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book has changed our concept of the Universe. Lynne often says she is not a scientist, but she has collaborated with some of the best and effectively put their thoughts and discoveries into the public domain. I'll never forget reading her opening words: "We are poised on the brink of a revolution - a revolution as daring and profound as Einstein's discovery of relativity." She then went on to tell us about that revolution. ...more
Zy Marquiez
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
People see what they are prepared to see.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The most beautiful thing thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”
– Albert Einstein

“To meet the challenge before us our notions of cosmology and of the general nature of reality must have room in them to permit a consistent account of consciousness. Vice versa, our notions of consciousness must have room in them to understand what it means for its content to be ‘reality as a whole.’ Th
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Kirsten Corby
May 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wow, this book is incredible. This book will crack your worldview wide open. If the information in this book became common knowledge, and everyone spoke, thought, and acted with intention, it would change society in ways we can barely imagine now. Everyone should read this book.
Robert Day
I really do want to be convinced that there is a 'secret force in the universe' because it's a really, really interesting concept.

Unfortunately, this is not the book that will convince me.

There's just too much jumping to conclusions without sufficient explanation. Maybe some of that is my lack of understanding - maybe if I was less tired when I read it I could have given it more attention and taken more in.

One thing I wonder though: why has this book not changed the world already? Why are we sti
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Rachel
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This has to be the most fascinating book I've read in years. Really.

I saw the author give a blurb on a documentary a couple of months ago and what she said really caught my attention. I went looking for her online and ran into this book.

What it is: Descriptions (in story form; it isn't dry) of the historical and recent scientific studies/research of Quantum Physics and the Zero Point Field. Okay... I'd *heard* of Quantum Theory and that it worked 'underneath' Newtonian physics, but that was abou
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Bettie
May 10, 2008 rated it did not like it
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Thorsons; New Ed edition (7 April 2003)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0007145101
ISBN-13: 978-0007145102

Synopsis
A book which gives scientific proof of the paranormal. Psychic activity, remote viewing, the power of prayer and homoeopathy are all discussed. The energy found in the vacuum - or the zero point field - seems to be the key to all sorts of unexplained phenomena: ESP or remote viewing, homeopathy, energy medicine, spiritual healing, and even the homing instincts o
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Dhitri
Jan 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lynne McTaggart is a journalist who has bravely embarked on a quest to scientifically explain "the life force" that governs the universe. I have neither the necessary background nor am I well-read enough in this subject to scrutinize her findings, but her research seems to be solid and her arguments as well as critical analysis compelling. As someone who didn't start out as an expert on science, quantum physics to be precise, she has managed to extricate complex scientific findings and hypothese ...more
Kitap
Jan 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in fringe science, hopeful cosmologies
Recommended to Kitap by: Nodozejoze
I was expecting something completely fluffy, but I was impressed early on by some of the research that was described. The book ranges from work in quantum physics (specifically, idea of the Zero Point Field) to biology to (inadvertent) homeopathy to the holographic model of the mind to psychic phenomena in gathering evidence to support its argument that this Zero Point Field is nothing less than the substrate of the "external" world and "internal" experience. Here's how McTaggart summarizes the ...more
Jose
Oct 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: essays
I have mixed feelings about this book: on one hand I found it really interesting; it tells about Quantum Mechanics, and the frontier of physics and the unlimited possibilities lying beneath the Zero Point Field (which gives the book its title).

On the other hand, the book uses the (still unknown and rather hypothetical) Zero Point Field to explain almost any "paranormal" or "alternative" phenomena, some of them already explained by our current and well established scientific paradigm.

Despite that
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Mindset Self-Defense
This book will change the way that you see the world.
Investigative journalist Lynne McTaggart reveals a radical new
paradigm—that the human mind and body are not separate
from their environment but a packet of pulsating power
constantly interacting with this vast energy sea. It proclaims
that our consciousness may be central in shaping our world.
We are always hearing “If you believe it, you can achieve it” or
“with positive thought you can change your world.” The Field
gives you proof! It is an easy r
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“People can not be separated from their environment. Living consciousness is not an isolated unit. Human consciousness is increasing the order of the rest of the world and has an incredible power to heal ourselves and the world: in a certain sense we make the world as such, as we wish.” 11 likes
“Quantum physics findings show that consciousness itself created order - or indeed in some way created the world - this suggested much more capacity in the human being than was currently understood. It also suggested some revolutionary notions about humans in relation to their world and the relation between all living things. What they were asking was how far our bodies extended. Did they end with what we always thought of as our own isolated persona, or ‘extend out’ so that the demarcation between us and our world was less clear-cut? Did living consciousness possess some quantum field like properties, enabling it to extend its influence out into the world? If so, was it possible to do more than simply observe? How strong was our influence? It was only a small step in logic to conclude that in our act of participation as an observer in the quantum world, we might also be an influencer, a creator. Did we not only stop the butterfly at a certain point in its flight, but also influence the path it will take - nudging it in a particular direction?
This explains action at a distance, what scientists call non locality. The theory that two subatomic particles once in close proximity seemingly communicate over any distance after they are separated.”
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