Dean Radin 'Real Magic' book review

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I've reviewed several of Dr Radin's books over the years, including 'Entangled Minds', 'The Noetic Universe' and 'Supernormal'. All of his books, that I've read, pretty much follow the same path. Dr Radin discusses an aspect of ESP unique to the book, such as magic, meditation, siddhis, remote viewing etc, and then supplies a lot of painstakingly thorough scientific experiments showing that ESP is real. This is all good, although it can get a bit dull reading the same category of experiments repeatedly.

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Dr Jahn's new book 'Margins of Reality' also covers this area, and although it's important to publish such findings, it isn't exactly page-turning prose. That said, it is an interesting guide to how magic was actually science, for a very long time, during a period when wise minds on Earth were fully aware that minds shaped reality and not the other way around. Isaac Newton, for example, was a 'magician' first and a scientist second, at least in terms of the hours he spent on those two subjects. Radin also makes it clear in the book that we all have the potential to do astonishing mental acts, phenomena generally described as 'magic' or more accurately 'siddhis', if we make enough effort and spend enough time focussing our minds. Wearing a cloak and hat and growing a long beard is purely optional.

For anyone who's never read anything by Dr Radin, I do recommend Real Magic. For those who have read most of his books, it's still good but be prepared for some repetition.