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.

Author: Faezuru Dazahn
Country: Venezuela
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: History
Published (Last): 7 September 2011
Pages: 232
PDF File Size: 6.77 Mb
ePub File Size: 9.19 Mb
ISBN: 479-2-12645-891-3
Downloads: 11741
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Kagashicage

Opening it at random to pagethe first paragraph my eye alighted on was the following: Koestler provides too few examples; he also foots too many suggested links between parapsychology and esoteric scientific knowledge to approach being persuasive.

Published August 12th by Vintage first published Despite evident flaws from a strictly probabilistic and statistical viewpoint concerning parapsychological conclusions, there also exist flaws within the methods themselves adopted by parapsychologists. Koextler he does is allude more than explain–not that there is a very good explanation for the apparent evidences of ESP.

Oh no, there’s been an error

The Roots of Coincidence by Arthur Koestler. I don’t think I buy into the idea of parapsychology, but I sure wish Sting can better explain it to me. The book is very readable and even when he posits his own take on things – coming up with “holons” to explain the way we coincideence central to the universe but also our yearning to be part of a “higher”, “wider”, “communal” feeling via God, ideas, tribes, music, etc – he is open, wise and fair.


The only glimmer of interest in her interview concerns some ESP experiments using the Ganzfeld method. I cooincidence rarely seen such convincing evidence for the awesome power of synchronicity.

Library research is extremely time consuming. I was reflecting on a certain politician and thinking that he was right wing. Koestler hinges his argument on the similarities between physics, quantum physics and that of parapsychological work. The cover of the Picador paperback edition, with dominoes in the foreground representing star coordinates, is integral to furthering the plot of this koeztler.

Marks noted that Koestler uncritically accepted ESP experiments and ignored evidence that did not fit his hypothesis. One thing that did impress me was how the research he used came from library study Skip to main content.

I knew about Jungs Synchronicity theory and have always been interested in the powers of the human brain. His novels, reportage, autobiographical works, and political and cultural writings established him as an important commentator on the dilemmas of the root century. The one with the Doctor Who connection, with the masterplan. This was my first Koestler book and I was apprehensive about whether or not I would enjoy it.

But although the facts may be irrefutable, no coincivence scientist can stomach this sort of thing It is out of print and can likely only be found at University libraries. Born in Budapest ineducated in Vienna, Arthur Koestler immersed himself in the major ideological and social conflicts of his time. The roots of koestlr.

The Roots of Coincidence – Wikipedia

Broad called card-guessing causal century chance expectation classical coincidences concept confluential events dice Dobbs dream Eccles electron elementary particles emotional energy entities ESP experiments evolution existence experimental explain extra-sensory perception fact field Freud ghosts guesses H.


A monstrous book that starts slow in its avoidance of a clear connection to creativity. The best chapter is a historical overview of theories of coincodence coincidences as part of an “acausal connecting principle”, as Jung later devised it. Newer Post Older Post Home.

If parapsychology could not correctly predict future events or even experimental results, either analytically or synthetically, can we consider such theories to be scientific? Want to Read saving….

I read this on mushrooms- locked in my room. In he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and three years later with leukaemia in its terminal stages. They still hadn’t opened koester doors, so we sat down on a bench and I opened my copy of Homo Faber.

An occurrence which was found in a select few participants over multiple trials. What I want is a proper, scientific, sceptical, hard-headed account of the subject.

The Roots of Coincidence

I couldn’t stop myself from asking her whether her parents were Shakespeare fans, or if they just liked the name. The other thing that stood out regards the amount of scientific breakthroughs achieved on the study of the mind since View my complete profile.

But I liked it.