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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See 2 questions about The Roots of Coincidence…. It wasn’t a bad one, but I would have liked to have understood more than I did. Watt herself seems quite dismissive of the whole question of the paranormal. Koestler combines explorations into ESP and psychokinesis with quantum mechanics and Jung’s theory of synchronicity in an effort to explain life, the universe and everything. I couldn’t stop myself from asking her whether her parents were Shakespeare fans, or if they just liked the name.

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It is only little more than a series of quotations by other authors, linked by hardly relevant speculations by Koestler. In the end I used a small pamphlet I had been given at a recent exhibition Id seen – which included work by the Irish painter Francis Bacon and was excellent.

If there is a similar book from the last years as this one is from the 70’s Some parts are very good full of information and inspiring esp. Material about the paranormal falls into two categories, subjective personal anecdotes and carefully controlled scientific experiments.


This was such a bore – words about words – as Alan Watts would call it. Again, the results are statistically significant. But he does not tackle the first obvious question: He proposes the idea that matter and time do not exist within a universe that is mathematical and calculated like a computer, but rather something much more organic like a universal mind or something we would figuratively compare to a mind.

Tasha rated it liked it Jan 15, They still hadn’t opened the doors, so we sat down on a bench and I opened my copy of Homo Faber. Log In Sign Up. Marks illustrates the fact that such odd matches do regularly occur with examples from his own experience. 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. Tellingly, my wife said she bought the paperback edition because it was one of those things people were reading back then, like the novels of Hermann Hesse.

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Piko vAn anthony, there are only eternal nows of which only you are it. But the next day, her name arthir up in a novel she was reading.

Refresh and try again. The personal anecdotes are often absolutely rivetting Mamaine Koestler’s Letters —51 Arthur Koestler: Born in Budapest ineducated in Vienna, Arthur Koestler immersed himself in the major ideological and social conflicts of his time. It is admitted by Koestler that the majority of participants in this experiment showed no deviation from the expected average, scoring approximately 20 out of ; however there were initially some participants who scored averages as high as 28 out of40 percent more than the probability of chance.

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His slim volume The Roots of Coincidence makes for engrossing reading.

Jung’s Collected Works and writing a thesis about Kant’s influence on him. 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. Return to Book Page.

I am in the camp that thinks there is an wrthur, but I am not sure how to interpret it. Whereas animal behaviour and communication is studied and treated with genuine respect and interest, extra-sensory perception or brain-to-brain communication in humans very much animals is warily approached for fear of ridicule.

I can see the appeal and the thinking. Want to Read saving….

Koestler was very aware that the idea of parapsychology marrying physics was new and controversial, but believed it would be undeniably proven in time. One thing that did impress me was how the research he used came from library study It is influenced by Carl Jung’s concept of synchronicity and the seriality of Paul Kammerer.

There is no way the results of innumerable experiments could have been achieved by chance. He committed suicide in in London.

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