Dean Radin

Dean Radin
Dean Radin

Books Reviewed

The Conscious Universe (1997)

Entangled Minds (2006)

Dean Radin is an extraordinary researcher. He was able to trigger a major paradigm shift in science, in much the same way as Fritjof Capra did before him. Radin’s research on parapsychology and psychic experiences led to a more or less widespread scientific acceptance of these phenomena, and this is really a revolution in science.

The secret of his success is a combination of talents that we know from the greatest scientists, and especially Albert Einstein; it’s intuition coupled with concise logic, meticulous attention to detail and flawless methodology. In addition, Radin had the stoic mindset necessary for waiting until the time had come for society to accept the paradigm change. It was not immediate, and Radin encountered a nasty amount of resistance from both the science establishment and activist social groups who, for one reason or the other, were against his research.

Radin also has a talent for expressing himself with an ease that is not very often to be found with lab scientists. More importantly, he is a trained violinist, coincidentally as was Einstein.

He is also a great pedagogue, and has given media presentations on his research that stand out by their clarity, and Radin’s refreshing sense of humor. Reading his books has greatly inspired me. He is also active in the online world, managing an extended blog. I would like to quote a passage from it that shows that he’s actually a multidimensional personality, gifted with an array of talents, and interested in many subjects:

I played classical violin professionally until age 25, then switched to fiddle and banjo and played in bluegrass bands for a number of years. Along the way I graduated with a degree in electrical engineering,  magna cum laude and with senior honors, from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), a masters in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), and a PhD in psychology, also from the University of Illinois.

For a decade I worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories and later at GTE Laboratories on advanced telecommunications R&D, and then I held appointments at Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, University of Nevada, SRI International and Interval Research Corporation, where I was engaged in research on psychic or ‘psi’ phenomena. At SRI I worked on what is now popularly known as the (formerly classified) psi research program condemned StarGate. In 2000 I cofounded the Boundary Institute and since 2001 I’ve been Senior Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. I also hold an adjunct appointment at Sonoma State University and am on the Distinguished Consulting Faculty at Saybrook Graduate School.

The majority of my professional career has focused on experimentally probing the far reaches of human consciousness, primarily poorly understood phenomena like intuition, gut feelings and psi phenomena. Very few scientists are actively engaged in research on these perennially interesting topics, and perhaps because of this unusual choice of profession I was featured in a New York Times Magazine article in 1996.

My interests in these topics were motivated partially by sheer curiosity, but also by an appreciation that these experiences are responsible for most of the greatest inventions, artistic and scientific achievements, creative insights, and religious epiphanies throughout history. Understanding this realm of human experience thus offers more than mere academic interest—it touches upon the very best that the human intellect and spirit have had to offer. I discovered while working on these topics that I enjoy the challenge of exploring the frontiers of science, and that I am comfortable tolerating the ambiguity of not knowing the ‘right answer,’ which is a constant companion at the frontier.

After being engaged in the scientific investigation of such phenomena for about 25 years, I’ve become convinced through the laboratory evidence that some psychic experiences are genuine, that many people do have real psychic experiences (occasionally), and that most people who claim to have extremely reliable or accurate psychic abilities are delusional. This topic is exploited for entertainment purposes, and the world is full of unscrupulous individuals who falsely claim psychic abilities, so I understand why many scientists avoid this topic. Nevertheless, because the empirical evidence reveals that some psychic effects can be repeatedly observed under controlled conditions, these phenomena are profoundly important because they suggest that prevailing scientific assumptions about human capacities are seriously incomplete.

There is certainly room for scholarly debate about these topics, and I know many informed skeptics whose opinions I value. However, I’ve also learned that there are some who are irrationally hostile about this topic, yet they know little or nothing about it. There is no kind way to say this, but the most stubborn skeptics do not understand scientific methods or the use of statistical inference, nor do they appreciate the history, philosophy or sociology of science. Their emotional rejection of the evidence seems to be motivated by fundamentalist beliefs of the scientistic or religious kind. Source:

I learnt about Dean Radin’s research on psychic phenomena through the movie What the Bleep Do We Know. I was amazed that this scientist was able to shatter the old prejudice against paranormal phenomena and parapsychology as a science. And how?

He was defeating the enemy with his own weapons by applying a stringently mechanistic research method, using random number generators, as well as trial and error, and meticulously gathered statistical proof for step-by-step elucidating the nature of psychic phenomena. He did this so brilliantly that it is today simply impossible to refute his findings, so much the more as in the meantime, they are corroborated by other researchers who replicated the experiments.

Well, reading him, I became aware that it was not only his rigorous research and application of the scientific method that helped him succeed in a field of study that many scientists would have called ‘unscientific.’

It’s also the fact that he earned credibility for becoming an authority in such a daring discipline that for decades was shunned by ‘official’ science and relegated to the ‘unofficial’ bulk of esoteric freaks, geniuses, psychics, and healers.

Radin’s brilliant methodology certainly was one of the decisive factors of his success, next to his visionary quest and outstanding communication abilities.

Now, as the polls are showing that a majority of the population is convinced that psychic phenomena are real, there is also a democratic quest at stake as from a constitutional point of view, science cannot just disregard such a fact.

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