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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Aug 11, James Hartley rated it it was amazing. They still hadn’t opened the doors, so we sat down on a bench and I opened my copy of Homo Faber.

This involves a brain-hurting chapter on atomic physics and quantum theory, Jung apparently causing “detonations” in Freud’s bookcase, the endearingly weird and disgusting animal that is slime mould and just about everything else. In he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and three years later with leukaemia in its terminal stages. Some parts are very good full of information and inspiring esp.

This was my first Koestler book and I was apprehensive about whether or not I would enjoy it. He was born into a Hungarian Jewish family in Budapest but, apart from his early school years, was educated in Austria.

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Mar 08, Gabriel rated it liked it. In he joined the Communist Party of Germany but, disillusioned, he resigned from it in and in published a devastating anti-Communist novel, Darkness at Noonwhich propelled him to instant international fame. Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from March Koestler ties this concept to modern physics and Newtonian Law. 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.


It turns out that, later that very same day, operatives working for Russian military intelligence actually did for the first time try to hack Clinton’s server!

From a philosophical and scientific perspective it would rlots not. Most notably, it was the inspiration for the album “Synchronicity” by The Police. That we are all inter-connected and very much part of one, vast very empty entity, seems obvious: View my complete profile.

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Click here to sign up. Although the idea has strength in other fields it seems like conjecture in a field which is already full of ’em, not an efficient paradigm in itself.

Sep 25, Amy rated it it was amazing. Much of the material was influenced by the concept of “synchronicity” by Carl Jung and “seriality” by Paul Kammerer.

The Roots of Coincidence

Names, numbers, weird foreknowledge, feelings, intuitions? Paperbackpages. One of them, Miranda, I chose for the name of my own daughter, except that at the time I knew of the name only from the moons of Uranus. Koetler 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.

Most of Koestler’s arguments are actually pretty solid and his overarching theoretical framework is very elegant, widely applicable, and maybe even capable of shedding light on some very fundamental mysteries. The post-script also contains some really silly arguments which have glaringly obvious non-paranormal explanations.

And, at that exact momenton the radio, they were talking about cavalry maneouvres at Waterloo and uttered the words “on the right wing.

Opening it at random to pagethe first paragraph my eye alighted on was the following: The musician Sting was rkots avid reader of Koestler. Fields such as physics and psychology often rely on data not dissimilar to that presented above, however they attempt to derive theories which have other supportive evidence in conjunction voincidence pure data.


How much of it supports or contradicts Koestler’s premises? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. One of thr chapters of this book arthru titled “The perversity of Physics” and is thf 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.

Just to prove how incredibly clever he is despite this, I offer from Theodore Dalrymple: 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.

Logic, methodology, and philosophy of science VI. Not only lacking the ability to thf predict outcomes, yet also completely lacking a causally grounded theory. And what does the careful statistical analysis tell us?

However did any of these theories correctly predict experimental results, where their theories in any way predictive of future occurrences? Koestler uses the fact that people are born with thicker skin on the soles of our feet as proof of Lamarckian inheritance. However, I’ve seen the book come up before. The same lack of falsifiability can be observed when subjects who at first showed telepathic traits later lose their ability. List of parapsychologists Skeptics of parapsychology. It also played a significant role in Episode 4 ” Entangled ” of Series X of Red Dwarfto explain the cause of apparent coincidences.

A remarkable coincidence that just occurred.