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The ESP Enigma: The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena | [Diane Hennacy Powell]

The ESP Enigma: The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena

Although much is now known about the brain, relatively little has been determined about where consciousness comes from. Dr. Diane Powell, a Johns Hopkins-trained neuroscientist, has brilliantly reassessed the meaning and nature of consciousness by exploring research on the workings of psychic phenomena.
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Publisher's Summary

Although much is now known about the brain, relatively little has been determined about where consciousness comes from: What is the source of the "I" in our internal monologue? How does something as nonmaterial as consciousness arise from something material like the brain?

Dr. Diane Powell, a Johns Hopkins-trained neuroscientist, has brilliantly reassessed the meaning and nature of consciousness by exploring research on the workings of psychic phenomena.

Over the past few decades, several well-designed and rigorously supervised experiments have documented the existence of telepathic interconnection, clairvoyance, precognition, psychokinesis, and out-of-body experiences. Mainstream science has largely ignored these data, because they all defy the traditional model of consciousness as being solely the product of brain chemistry. Building from these experiments, Powell constructs a new theory of consciousness. Integrating concepts from physics, neuroscience, and other disciplines, she offers an insightful and intriguing explanation of ESP, provocatively claiming that the existence of psychic abilities expands our understanding and appreciation of consciousness. Psychic abilities are also consistent with findings in modern physics: For example, psychokinesis implies that consciousness is a type of force field, while precognition suggests that the past, present, and future exist concurrently.

Eye-opening in its conclusions and exciting in its implications, The ESP Enigma will challenge your preconceived notions and expand your mind.

©2008 Diane Hennacy Powell; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Psychic power has had trouble gaining scientific respectability, but Powell makes a game effort to propose serious consideration of its existence.... Incorporating Powell's knowledge of neuroscience, this work should appeal to those open to the idea that ESP exists." (Booklist)

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    James Marshfield, MA, United States 02-13-10
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    "A fanscinating revelation"

    Like a crash course in neuroscience for the layman, that includes an inspiring account of how powerful the human mind is and can be. It could almost be a beginners manual to "freeing the mind". The first half describes the myraid scientific and government studies that have been done on the mind and phsycic phenomina (near-death exp, pre-cognition, out-of-body exp., future memory, remote viewing, ect.). The second half describes the most current theories of the mind and how its newly "discovered" functions have brought us closer to explaining, understanding, and even validating much of the phsycic phenomena decribed in the first half of the book. Some of the most incredible revelations to me were: the theory of consciousness as a force, the Theory of Everything & String Theory, LIGHT, Resonance, the Zero Point Field, the arguments for more than 3 dimensions, the fractality of universe, and the underlying fabric of the universe as a mass storage field.
    I am going to listen to it again right away! Its the most interesting and educational material I have ever heard - as far as I think I know....right now.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 11-26-10
    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 11-26-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Monism vs. Dualism, a modern scientific analysis"

    Very well written and enlightening. Secular leaning scientists may disagree with this modern analysis of consciousness and the mind-body relationship debate. Dr Howell presents solid arguments as to why we are getting closer to finding out the truth about this evrlasting debate.
    As a psychology teacher I found that her arguments were quite similar to my own personal theory about the role of religion/spirituality in our conscious interpretation of the world we perceive.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer STAFFORD HEIGHTS, Australia 03-19-12
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    What did you love best about The ESP Enigma?

    I love the way the book balances scientific studies with stories of peoples experiences.


    What does Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Its great having someone read the book who understands it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not so much moved but gave me goosebumps. After reading the part about animals sensing there owners my partner made comment about how not only my dog but chickens as well come to the front round the same time i leave work in anticipation for my return.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall i thought this book was easy to follow and covered a wide range of topics in this field. This has allowed me to identify an area i am particularly interested in and follow up with a bit more research.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    RealTruth Investor Relations, MN 01-16-12
    RealTruth Investor Relations, MN 01-16-12 Member Since 2011

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    "good book about how the brain relates to ESP"

    Very interesting book with many good examples. Goes into a lot of detail on the science of the brain.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert van Nostrand Halifax, NS, Canada 11-29-11
    Robert van Nostrand Halifax, NS, Canada 11-29-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Finally a Woo Woo free Psychic discussion"

    One of the few books that I will reread. So many books related to Psychic material are just anecdotal fairy tales. This nicely relates various phonomenon to related science based references.

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    D. Flatt Houston, Tx 02-17-10
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    "Fascinating"

    I am almost done with listing to this the second time. This book explains so much about what we call psychic phenomenon. There has been a tremendous amount of research on the subject over the years. This research was performed in top universities and by the US government.

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    Jennifer Sader Toledo, OH USA 02-20-12
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    "Could not get through this"

    If Audible offered refunds, I would return this book. I kept almost falling asleep and I barely got through the first few chapters before giving up on it.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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