SUPERNORMAL Science, Yoga and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities

supernormalThe foundation texts of yoga practice ‘TheYoga Sutras of Patanjali’ claim that the diligent practitioner will, as a natural consequence, develop certain abilities, known as ‘siddhis’. These include clairvoyance, exceptional mind-body control and psychokinesis. The Yoga Sutras do not consider these abilities ‘supernatural’ in any way- they are seen simply as normal, but latent in most individuals. Although these siddhis, or ‘psychic abilities’, are still seen as ‘too spooky to contemplate’ in many scientific quarters, there is progress. Thanks largely to the efforts of the Dalai Lama to engage science with Buddhist teachings, yoga and meditation have now been studied scientifically more than any other spiritual practice, though the ancient relationship between meditation and superpowers is still a bit of a taboo. Dean Radin is chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and, in this book, examines the claims of the yoga sutras in the light of modern western science, and along the way, explores the resistance of scientific culture to the ‘unpredictable’. Many of the siddhis are found to be unequivocably proved by normal scientific protocols.  And, excitingly, Radin demonstrates how a new sensibility is evolving in the world of science that allows for expansion beyond the one-sided view that scientism has provided for the past 300 years. About time! As Max Planck, the originator of quantum theory, said “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness” A very readable and fascinating book. Every sceptic should have one!

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