The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal Is Bringing Science and Spirit Together
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Charles Tart reconciles the scientific and spiritual worlds by looking at empirical evidence for the existence of paranormal phenomena that point toward our spiritual nature, including telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, psychokinesis, and psychic healing.
Science seems to tell us that we are all meaningless products of blind biological and chemical forces, leading meaningless lives that will eventually end in death. The truth is that unseen forces such as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, psychokinesis, psychic healing, and other phenomena inextricably link us to the spiritual world, and while many skeptics and scientists deny the existence of these spiritual phenomena, the experiences of millions of people indicate that they do take place.
In this book, copublished with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), transpersonal psychologist Charles Tart presents over fifty years of scientific research conducted at the nation's leading universities that proves humans do have natural spiritual impulses and abilities. The End of Materialism presents an elegant argument for the union of science and spirituality in light of this new evidence, and explains why a truly rational viewpoint must address the reality of a spiritual world. Tart's work marks the beginning of an evidence-based spiritual awakening that will profoundly influence your understanding of the deeper forces at work in our lives.
enjoy it at all. Another example is anyone who’s ever played a game like Monopoly; you have to be practiced in believing to enjoy playing it. For a short period, those little pieces of wood and paper are very important to you, and you get very excited about them. It’s the same with a belief experiment. You just “play the game,” as it were, letting yourself get into it for the limited period that you have to do it. To do this belief experiment, first ask your inner self, “Is it all right to take a
kinds of questions this book is concerned with and moves toward answering, even if not answering in any final sense: • How would you feel if you had such an experience? • Would you like to have such an experience? I certainly would! • What if… …Bucke’s experience is literally true? …the cosmos is indeed not dead matter but a living presence? …we have souls that are immortal? …the universe is so built and ordered that, without any doubt, in spite of all the apparent evil in the world, all things
but not so stuttering and not so deeply undercut by useless conflicts about whether or not we’re totally deluded. In the end, I hope that you, gentle reader, like me, can be comfortable with, indeed proud of, being both scientifically oriented and spiritually seeking. The combination makes for an interesting life. With this book as a basis, I later hope to write another one sharing some of the things I’ve explored about actually practicing a spiritual life in modern times. Spirituality and
used thrown dice as the PK targets. Throwing dice is a multiple-choice-type test, like card guessing, and we can know precisely what the chance expectation is, one sixth of the desired target faces. An agent, the person attempting to mentally influence the roll of the dice, usually shielded from exerting normal influences by distance, barriers, or both from the surface where the dice were thrown, was asked to will them to come up in a certain pattern. The pattern would be something like aiming
time we started concentrating. The portion of his account that I’ve omitted, on the other hand, his description of our home and what my wife and I were doing, was quite inaccurate (for instance, he perceived too many people in the room, and my wife and me performing actions that we did not do). Looking at the description, I would conclude that nothing psychic had happened. Thinking about the precise timing, though, I can’t help but wonder. Can one have an OBE in which one is really “out” in some