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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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I found this book great fun, and am curious to discover how well it has weathered the past few decades. Despite evident flaws from a strictly probabilistic and statistical viewpoint concerning parapsychological conclusions, there also exist flaws within the methods themselves adopted by parapsychologists.

List of parapsychologists Skeptics of parapsychology. 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.

Thanks for dropping by. Not claimed that she’d never even heard of Madame Blavatsky. I read this on mushrooms- locked in my room. But there remains a problem even with a book as good as Koestler’s. The reference in the title is to Jung’s Synchronicity “meaningful coincidence” theory which hinges on a metaphysical bridging of the physical and the psychic which the psychiatrist called “the psychoid. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Exploring links between physics and parapsychology, Koestler elaborates on his theories on paranormal phenomena through analyses of experiments involving ESP and psychokinesis.

That we are all inter-connected and very much part of one, vast very empty entity, seems obvious: I am pretty sure I had not looked at reviews of Lolita for at least the preceding year, and the “Lolita” who voted for my review is neither a friend nor a follower.

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From a philosophical and scientific perspective it would appear not. 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.


Skip to main content. Rather, he built a colourful argument for his psychical holon A Koestler word that must function in doincidence physical ooestler psychic existence. In he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and three years later with leukaemia in its terminal stages.

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.

Manhattan issues of Moore’s and Dave Gibbons ‘ Watchmen. Apr 04, Sara rated it really liked it. They still hadn’t opened the doors, so we sat down on a bench and I opened my copy of Homo Faber. Koestler applies these concepts to other scientific principles like gravity and evolution.

The Roots of Coincidence

As Koestler progresses throughout the book, citing the world of psychologists, physicists and the likes his argument tends more towards that of pseudoscience than its original attempted scientific groundings.

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Return to Book Page. His slim volume The Roots of Coincidence makes for engrossing reading.

The Roots of Coincidence by Arthur Koestler

Koestler even shows some humor in that because he acknowledges a few times he is boring the reader. I’m not good at higher math or science, but this book made me feel so. Koestler’s Roots of Coincidence is a review of relatively modern parapsychological research. However, yet again such theories lack any form of empirical support whatsoever, they cooincidence in some aspect unfalsifiable in the Popperian sense.

Premonitions and similar phenomena are widely enough reported to suggest something is worth investigating. For me it was a mirror of ambiguity to question your own belief system in the review of his postulates. At the time this book was published inhe was criticized for promoting pseudoscience. The book is very readable and even when he posits 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 coincidenve he is open, wise and fair.


Marks coined the term ” Koestler’s Fallacy ” as the assumption that odd matches of random events cannot arise by chance. But when an author begins a book with a quote like I am afraid my subject is rather an exciting one and as I don’t like excitement, I shall approach it in a gentle, timid, roundabout wayyou know rokts you’re getting into. This obvious explanation isn’t even considered. Not only lacking the ability to reliably predict outcomes, yet also completely lacking a causally grounded theory.

In short, synchronicity is where two or more unrelated events share a significant meaning but stem from meaningless causes that are unrelated a Finished reading “The Roots of Coincidence” by Arthur Koestler.

The Perversity of Physics. 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. Furthermore, that science is not simply the accumulation of facts, that it is instead the adoption of scientific theories which best represent the largest amount of evidence at a particular time.

This is a hypothesis in which I am not arguing with, yet the interpretation of the results and their supposed evidence for telepathic phenomenon are more questionable. As regards the physics, Rootts lacks the background as do I to seriously evaluate the field. An experiment with obvious probability chances of guessing the card correctly being one in five.

He proposes the idea that coincifence 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.

Feb 18, David Balfour rated it really liked it. Well, when Koestler died in he left his personal fortune to endow a unit dedicated to parapsychology research. I can’t help it, I love coincidences.