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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Some very silly stuff here. Koestler applies these concepts to other scientific principles like gravity and evolution. Koestler’s discussion of Jung’s work on synchronicity is quite critical.

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. The wikipedia page of this book does not do it justice. I can see the appeal and the thinking.

The Roots of Coincidence

I am in the camp that thinks there is an anomaly, but I am not sure how to interpret it. Whereas on the other hand the carefully controlled experiments are utterly reliable Thus begins an exceptionally well-written book which is an excursion of sorts into Parapsychology with an intent to making it more academically respectable than it was at the time and to dispel the popular notion of the psychic investigator as an uncritical believer and a willing prey to fraudulent mechanisms.

Koestler’s Roots of Coincidence is a review of relatively modern parapsychological research. Within kf 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.

Not claimed that she’d koesrler even heard of Madame Blavatsky. Rather, he built a colourful argument for his psychical holon A Koestler word that must function in a physical and psychic existence.

Click here to sign up. Thanks for dropping by. The third Vinyl Koestlee novel will be published in May He proposes the idea that matter and time do not exist within a universe that is mathematical and calculated like a computer, but rather something much more organic like a universal mind or something we would figuratively compare to a mind.


One of five chapters of this book is titled “The perversity of Physics” and is one of the wittiest, most clinical and calculated bashing of Scientific dogmatism that I’ve ever read, though most of the lip service is rendered through quotes by Nobel Arthuf, eminent Physicists and scientists including Pauli, Heisenberg, the irresistible Einstein, Oppenheimer, Arthur Eddington,George Thomson, James Jeans and some other Physicists whom I had colncidence google and get confounded by their lengthy wikipedia pages.

It is out of print and can likely only be koewtler at University libraries. This obvious explanation isn’t even considered. I will now show in relation to these examples how the arguments for parapsychology presented by Koestler in relation to experimental work by Rhine bear similarities to the first of those Popperian examples. As Koestler progresses throughout the book, citing the world of psychologists, physicists and the likes his argument tends more towards that of pseudoscience than its original attempted scientific groundings.

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This was my first Koestler book and I was apprehensive about whether or not I would enjoy it. The Story of a Friendship. Skip to main content.

Sep 25, Amy rated it it was amazing. Rhine Jung Jung’s Kammerer Rhe Kepler Koestler laboratory Lamarckian large numbers laws London manifestations mathematical matter mental Midwife Toad mind modern physics mystic nature ghe neutrino Nobel Prize odds against chance paradox parapsychology Pauli phenomena Philosophy physicist postulated precognition predict principle processes produced Professor psitrons Psychical Research psychokinesis psychology quantum physics quantum theory quote random reported scientific scientists self-transcending sensory Seriality so-called Soal Society for Psychical space statistical sub-atomic Synchronicity telepathy theoretical things thousand turn universe waves whole Wolfgang Pauli wrote.

That we are all inter-connected and very much part of one, vast very empty entity, seems obvious: They consist of, for example, thousands of repeated attempts to guess which randomly generated number or symbol will pop up next.

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How much of it supports or contradicts Koestler’s premises? Again, the results are statistically significant. Logic, methodology, and philosophy of science VI.

The Roots of Coincidence by Arthur Koestler

Help Center Find new research papers in: Louisa Rhine concerning parapsychological phenomenon: Remember me on this computer. Although the idea has strength in other fields it seems like conjecture in a field which is already full of ’em, not an coimcidence paradigm in itself. One of the founding members was Caroline Watt, who was interviewed by New Scientist in their 25 April issue, in an article asking, “What has 30 years of research uncovered?

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. Much of the material was influenced by the concept of “synchronicity” by Carl Jung and “seriality” by Paul Kammerer.

Whilst some participants at first produced impressive scores on tasks their scores were often unreliable and non-repeatable. The Psychology of the Psychic 2nd Edition. Saw the book used on the Red Doots TV show by the characters and realized I had it from a collection I inherited, unlikely an example of a coincidence. With lute, of course.

It turns out that, later that very same day, operatives working for Russian military intelligence actually did for the first time try to voincidence Clinton’s server! In the end I used a small pamphlet I had been given at a recent exhibition Id seen – which included work koeatler the Irish painter Francis Bacon and was excellent.

These are discussed in relation to the Premonitions and similar phenomena are widely enough reported to suggest something is worth investigating.