BOOK REVIEW: The Roots of Coincidence: An Excursion into Parapsychology by Arthur Koestler (Vintage Books) With psychologist Carl. Critical Review of Arthur Koestler’s “The Roots of Coincidence”!1 by Jake Embrey The study of parapsychology, external sensory perception (ESP) and. The Roots of Coincidence. By Arthur Koestler. THE ROOTS OF COINCIDENCE : AN EXCURSION INTO PARAPSYCHOLOGY, Arthur Koestler.

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Premonitions and similar phenomena are widely enough reported to suggest something is worth investigating. Whilst mathematically, data of this kind is difficult and and should not be simply ignored, we must not jump to unjustified conclusions.

The roots of coincidence, Volume Arthur Koestler Snippet view – But there remains a problem even with a book as good as Koestler’s.

Again, the results are statistically significant. I’m not an expert on the subject, but I’m wondering if this concept has gained more scientific support over the last 43 years. Within a normal science it would be concluded that such experiments were not repeatable and thus most likely occurred by some form of astonishing chance, rather than astonishing ability.

Saw the book used on the Red Dwarf TV show by the characters and realized I had it from korstler collection I inherited, unlikely an example of a coincidence. The trouble is, most scientists would run a mile sorry, 1.

As we only know what a third of the brain does, the debate will continue.

Oct 09, Manny marked it as to-read Shelves: Tellingly, my wife said she bought the paperback edition because it was one of those things people were reading back then, like the novels of Hermann Hesse. The same lack ov falsifiability can be observed when subjects who at first showed telepathic traits later lose their ability.

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Feb 12, Ken rated it liked it. The post-script also contains some really silly arguments which have glaringly obvious non-paranormal explana Some very silly stuff here. It is only little more than a series of quotations by other authors, linked by hardly relevant speculations by Koestler. Frankly, I think Jung’s theory hokey and Koestler’s exposition of parapsychology and particle physics poorly informed.


Whilst some participants at first produced impressive scores on tasks their scores were often unreliable and non-repeatable. The other thing that stood out regards the amount of scientific breakthroughs achieved on the study of the mind since The Author and his cat.

Sep 25, Amy rated it it was amazing. We live in a world dominated by wires, A book of its time published infull of disputable arguments meant to support notions of parapsychology, and occasionally adorned with mildly interesting facts.

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Click here to sign up. Feb 02, Robert Bagnall rated it it was ok. Koestler wrote this book in but it rarely shows its age. An odd book, but fascinating at the same time. Wondering what it might be, I guessed it could have something to do with Madame Blavatsky, though I thought she was theosophical rather than anthroposophical.

Until definitive empirical evidence and falsifiable theories are presented within parapsychological work, it will remain where it began, a theoretical pseudoscience. I was reflecting on a certain politician and thinking that he was right wing.

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The Perversity of Physics. A communist during the s, and visitor for a time in the Soviet Union, he became disillusioned with the Party and left it in Jung’s Collected Works and writing a thesis about Kant’s influence on him.

It is admitted by Koestler that the majority of participants in this experiment showed no deviation from the expected average, scoring approximately 20 out of ; however there were initially some participants who scored averages as high as 28 out of40 percent more than the probability of chance. Views Read Edit View history. Koestler doesn’t pretend to have all the answers, but it’s a fascinating journey and it certainly makes you think.

An account of the writing — and reading, and other stuff — in my life by Andrew Cartmel. Koestler was very aware that the idea of parapsychology marrying physics was new and controversial, but believed it would be undeniably proven in time. In he joined the Communist Party of Germany but, disillusioned, he resigned from it in and in published a devastating anti-Communist novel, Darkness at Noonwhich propelled him to instant international fame.


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Along with Secrets roohs the Great Pyramidthis was one of the most mind-blowing books of the early seventies. I have rarely seen such convincing evidence for the awesome power of synchronicity. I’m not currently posting about those areas of my life well, not muchbut I do blog coincieence writingmusic and food.

Arthur Koestler in The Roots of Coincidence attempts to reconcile parapsychology with the sciences, claiming the apparent evidence for parapsychological phenomenon is scientifically reputable as he argues parapsychological phenomenon are not dissimilar to physics.

Koestler’s discussion of Jung’s work on sync A fairly shallow overview of PK research, briefly touching on mediumship and mesmer but mostly focusing on uncertainty in quantum physics.

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University of Chicago Press. Even if you accept the author’s suggestion at the start to skim the physics chapter if you don’t have a head for it, it consumed much of the following chapters too.

These are discussed in relation to the From a philosophical and scientific perspective it would appear not. ESP however is completely the contrary, there exist no known causal connections between any parapsychological theories. Koestler explains clearly and well why this is, with wry humour and genuine interest.

Finally, a little admission: The roots of coincidence. What I want is a proper, scientific, sceptical, hard-headed account of the subject. I’m not good at higher math or science, but this book made me feel so.