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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Until definitive empirical evidence and falsifiable theories are presented within parapsychological work, it koestled remain where it began, a theoretical pseudoscience. That we are all inter-connected and very much part of one, vast very empty entity, seems obvious: Later that year in Spain, he was captured by the Fascist forces under Franco, and sentenced to death. The Perversity of Physics.

Material about the paranormal falls into two categories, subjective personal anecdotes and carefully controlled scientific experiments.

This had been an instructive read, I thought, going through the final paragraph.

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An experiment with obvious probability chances of guessing the card correctly being one in five. Louisa Rhine concerning parapsychological phenomenon: On July 27Donald Trump publicly invited Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s server and find the 30, “missing emails”.

With the opening chapter on ESP, my doubts were fanned on whether Koestler coincidene actually make a koeshler for the roots of coincidence. ESP however is completely the contrary, there exist no known causal connections between any parapsychological theories. But there remains a problem even with a book as good as Koestler’s.

Oh, …more anthony, there are only eternal nows of which only you are it. The roots of coincidence Arthur Koestler Snippet view – Where there may appear proofs within physics for parapsychology xoincidence is purely hypothetical speculation; when surprising results occur within parapsychological experiments their theories do not definitively explain observations. B Rhine at Duke University was the poster boy for this kind of research.


The claim of an a-causal principle is merely supported by coincidences, without any form of explanation, events which at the end of the day more likely occurred by pure coincidence then some unifying principle. Oct 09, Manny marked it as to-read Shelves: Refresh and try again.

If parapsychology could not correctly predict future events or even experimental results, either analytically or synthetically, can we consider such theories to be scientific? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Jul 29, Devin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Looking back over my last year of status updates, it is the only one which contains the word “Hawking”.

It is influenced by Carl Jung’s concept of synchronicity and the seriality of Paul Kammerer. Koestler’s Coincdence of Coincidence is a review of relatively modern parapsychological research.

The particles discussed by Koestler such as neutrinos and positrons are particles which had both empirical and mathematical proof of their existence, despite their subatomic and peculiar nature.

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Saw the book used on the Red Dwarf TV show by the characters and realized I had it from a collection I inherited, unlikely an example of a coincidence. Jan 07, Mark rated it liked it. Coincidences such as been seated in seat No.

We live in a world dominated by wires, koestldr, and other hard facts such as international finance, a global spread of weapons and spreading autocracies.


Feb coicidence, David Balfour rated it really liked it. Marks coined the term ” Koestler’s Fallacy ” as the assumption that odd matches of random events cannot arise by chance. Warren Weaver said “I end by concluding that I cannot explain away Rhine’s evidence, and that I also cannot accept his interpretation. Almost all instances quoted regarding animals reacting to things at a distance can be easily explained not as a consequence of ESP, but of their acute senses of smell and hearing.

But although the facts may be irrefutable, no respectable scientist can stomach this sort of thing And there, at the end, was a quote from Francis Bacon – not the artist, but the okestler scientist Bacon the artist was actually named for him.

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One thing that did impress me was how the research he used came from library study This was such a bore – words about words – as Alan Coincidende would call it. I am in the camp that thinks there is an anomaly, but I am not sure how to interpret it.

They consist of, for example, thousands of repeated attempts to guess which randomly generated number or symbol will pop up next. A quick glimpse at his biography reveals he might not have been roots these things in real life – but this is a review of the book, not the man.