Friday, July 19, 2013

Video: Interview with psi researcher Dr Dean Radin at EarthRise Institute, Petaluma, CA

IAC's Wagner Alegretti interviews Dean Radin, 
author of the classic "The Conscious Universe"



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1 comment:

  1. A very interesting interview!

    The work of Dean Radin is truly remarkable, and it is only to be hoped that in the future more and more parapsychologists will investigate the potential of the human being from a perspective as comprehensive as possible.

    That said, I note that Radin, as the majority of parapsychologists, is very fond of the idea that quantum mechanics is the key to explaining the mysterious mind's ability to act directly on the matter-energy. In particular, through the so-called "observer effect", more technically called "measurement problem."

    To support this argument, it is customary to quote famous theoretical physicists, such as the Hungarian Eugene Wigner, Nobel Prize 1963. It is known that Wigner was one of the firsts to embody the idea of a crucial role of the consciousness in the quantum measurement process. One usually forget to mention, however, that following the further development of the theory, towards the end of his career Wigner completely abandoned the idea of a psychophysical effect inherent in the formalism of quantum mechanics (see for instance: M. Esfeld, Stud. Hist. Philos. Sci. B30, 145-154 (1999)).

    It is widely accepted, in certain circles, that the fact that the vast majority of physicists do not believe that the consciousness of the experimenter would be required to describe a quantum measurement process, is mainly due to the fact that these researchers do not support the idea of paranormal phenomena, and therefore prefer not to raise this possibility, because this would automatically give credit to such a heretical idea.

    This assumption is however entirely unfounded. In fact, if most of the physicists do not consider it necessary to evoke the mind of the experimenter, is simply because it is believed that it would be totally unjustified, from a scientific standpoint! In fact, there are a number of results today available which clearly indicate that the so-called observer effect would not be in any way an effect of psychophysical kind.

    All this to say that, scientifically speaking, quantum physics does not offer any support to a direct action of mind over matter. This, of course, does not mean that a future physics - let's call it "paraphysics" - will not be able to highlight a genuine psychophysical mechanism, which will allow to explain psychokinesis and allied phenomena.

    But for the time being, I think it would be useful if parapsychologists would manifest a little less enthusiasm about quantum physics, since it is very unlikely that this theory, which was created with the sole purpose of describing inanimate physical systems, will also be able to describe a mind-matter interaction. This at least is my educated guess, both as a quantum physicist and as a consciousness' researcher.

    For further reading:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37425532/Papers/Physics/2013-Quantum%20measurements%20are%20physical%20processes-Sassoli%20de%20Bianchi-reprint.pdf

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