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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How much of it supports or contradicts Koestler’s premises? Much of the material was influenced by the concept of “synchronicity” by Carl Jung and “seriality” by Paul Kammerer. The possible offsetting movement toward quantum computing does nothing to erase the increasing presence of the hard physical world and the elaborations arcane as some may be of conventional science.

With the opening chapter on ESP, my doubts were fanned on whether Koestler would actually make a case for the roots of coincidence.

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Apr 04, Sara rated it really liked it. We wade through it, almost, as blind giants, thinking we are the stars of the show, when in reality we are both ridiculously tiny and, when acting normally, in control of very little at all. If there is a similar book from the last years as this one is from the 70’s Some parts are very good coinckdence of information and inspiring esp.

Or is the human brain the answer? For me it was a mirror of ambiguity to question your own belief system in the review of his postulates.

Want to Read saving…. The musician Sting was an avid reader coinciidence Koestler. Looking back over my last year of status updates, it is the only one which contains the word “Hawking”.

As Koestler progresses throughout the book, citing the world of psychologists, physicists arthug the likes his argument tends more towards that of pseudoscience than its original attempted scientific groundings. It was not an easy read. Dowsing rated it really liked it.

Manhattan issues of Moore’s and Dave Gibbons ‘ Watchmen. This chapter and the one before it which talks about the results and hypotheses arising out of ESP experiments in the lab is intended to create a rapprochement between the real world and parapsychology in the lab, even if the rapprochement is negative in the sense that the unthinkable phenomena of ESP appear somewhat less preposterous in the light of the unthinkable propositions of physics.


The Roots of Coincidence by Arthur Koestler

Exploring links between physics and parapsychology, Koestler elaborates on his theories on paranormal phenomena through analyses of experiments involving ESP and psychokinesis. Skip to main content. Posted by Andrew Cartmel at In he joined the Communist Party of Germany but, disillusioned, he resigned from it in and roots published a devastating anti-Communist novel, Darkness at Noonwhich propelled him to instant international fame.

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He doesn’t consider that maybe it evolved because people with thicker-soled feet were less likely to suffer foot injuries that would harm their ability to flee death, making them more likely to survive and propagate their genetic material. Koestler’s Roots of Coincidence is a review of relatively modern parapsychological research.

I couldn’t stop myself from asking her whether her parents were Shakespeare fans, or if they just liked the name. They started operating in One of five chapters of this book is titled “The perversity of Physics” and is one of the wittiest, most clinical and calculated bashing of Scientific dogmatism that I’ve ever read, though most of the lip service is rendered through quotes by Nobel Laureates, eminent Physicists and scientists including Pauli, Heisenberg, the irresistible Einstein, Oppenheimer, Arthur Eddington,George Thomson, James Jeans and some other Physicists whom I had to google and get confounded by their lengthy wikipedia pages.

It is out of print and can likely only be found at University libraries. It’s just a coincidence, nothing more. Whilst the similarities drawn are often compelling, by comparing both fields in detail it is obvious parapsychology does not have the same scientific rigour and soundness as that of theoretical physics. The analysis and reasons behind coinciednce rationalizations seem poor. He cites many instances of scientists discovering things, mostly in physics but occasionally in biology, coincidenfe do not seem to make sense either logically or in the Newtonian world.

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I knew about Jungs Synchronicity theory and have always been interested in the powers of the human brain. An empirical theory must be definitive, in the sense that a claim is made by it which is either refuted or proven coincidehce from experience.

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The Roots of Coincidence

Arthur Koestler in The Roots of Coincidence attempts to reconcile parapsychology with the sciences, claiming the apparent evidence for parapsychological phenomenon is scientifically reputable as he argues parapsychological phenomenon are not dissimilar to physics. Sep 25, Amy rated it it was amazing. We were going to attend a Christmas concert; when we were nearly at our destination, I happened to look up at the sky and drew Not’s attention to a cloud which looked remarkably like an exclamation mark.


When I finished the book I was ready to goots a full recommendation letter for it was that surprising. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The book is very readable and even when he th his own take on things – coming up with “holons” to explain the way we feel central to the universe but also our yearning to be part of a “higher”, “wider”, “communal” feeling via God, ideas, tribes, music, etc – he is open, wise and fair.

Born in Budapest ineducated in Vienna, Arthur Koestler immersed himself in the major ideological and social conflicts of his time.

Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from March Sep 28, Kenneth rated it it was amazing. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Feb 18, David Balfour rated it really liked it. As we only know what a third of the brain does, the debate will continue.

B Rhine at Duke University was the poster boy for this kind of research. Once the rapprochement is established, Koestler expounds a theoretical framework on coincidences and ESP, that borrows from or heavily derives on earlier works teh Kammerer and Jung though he bashes most of Jung’s work as obscureAstrology self-evident if one has sufficient exposure to astrology beyond the newspaper and politics kind and tenets of eastern mysticism and the precepts of Pythagoreans, Renaissance philosphers, Lamarckians korstler Neo-platonists anima mundi, sympathy kf.

With the results then subjected to careful statistical analysis. Psitrons are koesrler hypothetical, despite the similarities of such hypothetical particles to particles discussed in quantum physics there exists no evidence for belief in their existence.

The Roots of Coincidence by Arthur Koestler.