Russell Targ from Suzanne Taylor on Vimeo.
This talk was part of a daylong program, “Brother, Can You Spare a Paradigm?,” on April 14, 2013, at the Vortex Immersion Dome, in Los Angeles. Selected presentations in three parts, and all the individual presentations: vimeo.com/channels/517665
From Stephan A. Schwartz’s False Equivalencies and the Mediocrity of Nonlocal Consciousness Research Criticism
“Since [critics contend] there is no plausible mechanism within a materialist frame of reference to explain them, paranormal phenomena can’t possibly be valid. This is the same reasoning that the learned men of Galileo’s day used when they refused to look in the telescope. This attitude is nowhere more evident than in the number of scientists who are willing to volunteer as “expert” commentators on television programs about paranormal phenomena, astonishingly undeterred and unembarrassed by their complete lack of knowledge concerning the existing experimental data. These “experts” smile condescendingly as they explain that the phenomena under discussion can be explained by chance occurrence, brain abnormality, etc., depending on the topic at hand. Since the belief that causality can only be found in matter reigns supreme, there doesn’t seem to be any requirement that these “experts” support their claims with actual data. They need only introduce the possibility that the same outcome might have been achieved through some other means, to convince their naïve audience that it is all ‘hocus pocus.'”
“As the British Society for Psychical Research puts it, opposition to this area of research is “often against its implications and not the quality of its evidence.”
“It is long past time that we recognize that just as with climate change, and evolution denierism, the quality of the criticism aimed at nonlocal consciousness research is in false equivalency to the research itself.”
…with the emphasis on Modern (as opposed to Newtonian).
Psychologist Gardner Murphy, president of the American Psychological Association and later of the American Society for Psychical Research, on parapsychology (Telepathy, ESP, etc.) and its relationship to physics:
“Psychologists may be a little bewildered when they encounter modern physicists who take these phenomena [ESP, telepathy, etc.] in stride, in fact, take them much more seriously than psychologists do, saying, as physicists, that they are no longer bound by the types of Newtonian energy distribution, inverse square laws, etc., with which scientists used to regard themselves as tightly bound.”
Quantum entanglement is the poster child of nonlocality. It has been observed not only at the subatomic level, but entanglement of molecules and even small diamonds have even been created in the laboratory. Surely such a phenomenon is not limited to the laboratory, but is likely occurring all around us. How frequently? We don’t know. It stands to reason, that if such a phenomenon occurs naturally, it may well occur within us, or between us. What if consciousness itself is an entanglement machine, and ESP is a byproduct?
Frecska and Luna of the National Institute for Psychiatry and Neurology in Budapest, present just such a neuro-ontological interpretation of spiritual experiences [Frecska E, Luna LE., “Neuro-ontological interpretation of spiritual experiences“. Neuropsychopharmacol Hung. 2006;8:143–153. MEDLINE]:
“The prevailing neuroscientific paradigm considers information processing within the central nervous system as occurring through hierarchically organized and interconnected neural networks. The hierarchy of neural networks doesn’t end at the neuroaxonal level; it incorporates subcellular mechanisms as well. When the size of the hierarchical components reaches the nanometer range and the number of elements exceeds that of the neuroaxonal system, an interface emerges for a possible transition between neurochemical and quantum physical events. ‘Signal nonlocality,’ accessed by means of quantum entanglement is an essential feature of the quantum physical domain. The presented interface may imply that some manifestations of altered states of consciousness, unconscious/conscious shifts have quantum origin with significant psychosomatic implications.”
Nobel Laureate Brian Josephson’s lecture on heretical science. He pokes holes in popular skeptic arguments against telepathy, whether water can have a memory (homeopathy), cold fusion and intelligent design. 1 hour, time well spent.
Available on the University of Cambridge web site.
I loved the name of the talk so much, I added that as a new category to my site; gotta go back and tag my past posts!
Bertrand Russell, in his 1918 Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays (a free eBook), noted that a person who is inclined to believe in mysticism becomes favorable to any arguments supporting such beliefs:
When the intensity of [mystic] emotional conviction subsides, a man who is in the habit of reasoning will search for logical grounds in favour of the belief which he finds in himself. But since the belief already exists, he will be very hospitable to any ground that suggests itself.