Dean Radin

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Dean Radin (/ˈrdɪn/; born February 29, 1952) is a researcher and author in the field of parapsychology.

He has been Senior Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), in Petaluma, California, USA, since 2001, and is on the Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology at Sonoma State University, on the Distinguished Consulting Faculty at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, and former President of the Parapsychological Association.[1][2] He is also co-editor-in-chief of the journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing.[3]

Mainstream scientists have given Radin's books negative reviews, charging that he has ignored the known hoaxes in the field, made statistical errors and ignored plausible non-paranormal explanations for parapsychological data.[4][5]

Biography[edit]

Professionally, Radin worked as a concert violinist for five years, later switching to engineering after earning an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as well as both a master's degree in electrical engineering and a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[6]

After his graduation, Radin worked at Bell Labs, and then conducted research at Princeton University, GTE Laboratories, University of Edinburgh, SRI International, Interval Research Corporation, and was a faculty member at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Radin was elected President of the Parapsychological Association in 1988, 1993, 1998, and 2005 and has published a number of articles and parapsychological papers supporting paranormal phenomena, as well as two books directed to a popular audience: The Conscious Universe and Entangled Minds.[7]

Radin's book Supernormal (2013), published by Deepak Chopra, argues support for psychic phenomena and siddhis from yoga practices.[8][9] Radin has written that not all people experience paranormal phenomena or see ghosts because they block such signals due to the process of latent inhibition.[10]

Reception[edit]

While some of Radin's books have received negative reviews from skeptics and scientists,[11][12][13][14] other reviews have been positive.[15][8]

A critical review of The Conscious Universe was published by the British mathematician I. J. Good in Nature. Good wrote about flaws in Radin's method for evaluating the file-drawer effect and stated that the book avoided to mention evidence of fraud in parapsychology.[4] Radin replied to Good in a follow-up letter in the correspondence pages of Nature, saying that Good in his review had misinterpreted a reference to a probability value, rendering the relevant criticism invalid.[16][17] In 2002, Victor J. Stenger made a criticism of the book reflecting Good's arguments, arguing that Radin did not perform the file-drawer analysis correctly, made fundamental errors in his calculations, and ignored possible non-paranormal explanations for the data.[5]

Radin and his colleagues have suggested that small-scale studies have produced a "genuine psychokinetic effect".[18] However, the studies have not been independently replicated.[19][20] Psychologists David B. Wilson and William R. Shadish have suggested that psychokinesis researchers such as Radin "need to go beyond statistics and explain how the mind might influence a computer, then test that prediction".[20]

Chris French criticized Radin for his selective historical overview of parapsychology and ignoring evidence of fraud. According to French, Radin failed to mention that the medium Florence Cook was caught in acts of trickery and two of the Fox sisters confessed to fraud.[21] Radin has claimed the results from psi research are as consistent by the same standards as any other scientific discipline but Ray Hyman has written many parapsychologists disagree with that opinion and openly admit the evidence for psi is "inconsistent, irreproducible, and fails to meet acceptable scientific standards".[22] Scientists have rejected Radin's paranormal claims. They suggest that he has embraced pseudoscience and that he misunderstands the nature of science.[23][24][25]

The physicist Robert L. Park has written "No proof of psychic phenomena is ever found. In spite of all the tests devised by parapsychologists like Jahn and Radin, and huge amounts of data collected over a period of many years, the results are no more convincing today than when they began their experiments."[25] Steven Novella has was written Radin's alleged positive results from parapsychological experiments have not been replicated by the scientific community.[26]

Books[edit]

  • Supernormal: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities (2013)
  • Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality (2006)
  • Captain of My Ship, Master of My Soul: Living With Guidance (2001), with F. Holmes Atwater, Joseph McMoneagle, Skip Atwater
  • The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena (1997, HarperCollins, ISBN 0061778990). Note: in Great Britain this book is entitled The Noetic Universe.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haraldsson, Erlendur. "History of the Parapsychological Association Presidents". Parapsychological Association. Retrieved January 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Institute Staff". Institute Of Noetic Sciences. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Explore Editorial board". Retrieved June 19, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Good, I. J. (1997). "Where has the billion trillion gone?". Nature 389 (2): 806–807. Bibcode:1997Natur.389..806G. doi:10.1038/39784.  edit
  5. ^ a b Stenger, Victor J. (2002). "Meta-Analysis and the Filedrawer Effect". Skeptical Inquirer. Volume 12. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Author Listings: HarperCollins Publishers". Harpercollins.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  7. ^ "Dean Radin". Archived.parapsych.org. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  8. ^ a b "Nonfiction Book Review: Supernormal: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities by Dean Radin. Crown/Deepak Chopra, $14 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-307-98690-0". Publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  9. ^ Miller, David Ian (2008-02-25). "Parapsychology researcher Dean Radin on ESP, spirituality, and how the consciousness of individuals is connected". SF Gate. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  10. ^ Blum, Deborah (2006). "Team won't give up the ghost". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Monday October 30. p. 26
  11. ^ Pedersen, Morten Monrad (January 1, 2004). "Book Review: Dean Radin, "The Conscious Universe"". SkepticReport. 
  12. ^ Robert T. Carroll. "The Conscious Universe by Dean Radin - Book Review". Skeptic's Dictionary. Retrieved January 30, 2010. 
  13. ^ Robert T. Carroll. "Entangled Minds by Dean Radin - Book Review". The Skeptic's Dictionary. Retrieved January 30, 2010. 
  14. ^ Dale DeBakcsy. "When Big Evidence Isn’t: The Statistical Pitfalls of Dean Radin’s Supernormal - CSI". Csicop.org. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  15. ^ Beloff, J. "The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Study of Psychic Phenomena by Dean Radin (book review)". Journal of Scientific Exploration 16 (3): 507–8. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  16. ^ Radin, D.; Good, I. J. (1998). Nature 394 (6692): 413. doi:10.1038/28721.  edit
  17. ^ "comment on Nature review of Radin". Mind–Matter Unification Project. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  18. ^ Radin, Dean; Nelson, Roger; Dobyns, York; Houtkopper, Joop (Jul 2006). "Reexamining psychokinesis: Comment on Bösch, Steinkamp, and Boller (2006)". APA PsycNet 132 (4): 529–532. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  19. ^ Wilson, David B.; Shadish, William R. (2006). On blowing trumpets to the tulips: To prove or not to prove the null hypothesis--Comment on Bösch, Steinkamp, and Boller (2006). Psychological Bulletin 132: 524-528.
  20. ^ a b "From Mind to Matter: Data analysis challenges psychokinesis". Science News. 2006-07-19. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  21. ^ French, Chris (2010). Missing the Point?. In Stanley Krippner, Harris L. Friedman. Debating Psychic Experience: Human Potential Or Human Illusion?. Praeger. ISBN 978-0313392610. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  22. ^ Ray Hyman. "Anomalous Cognition? A Second Perspective - CSI". Csicop.org. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  23. ^ Smith, Jonathan (2009). Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal: A Critical Thinker's Toolkit. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1405181228. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  24. ^ Pigliucci, Massimo; Boudry, Maarten (2013). Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem. University Of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0226051963. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  25. ^ a b Park, Robert (2000). Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud. Oxford University Press. pp. 196-200. ISBN 0-19-860443-2
  26. ^ "NeuroLogica Blog » Can Thinking Change Reality". Theness.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 

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