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The Sins of Science
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God.org: Are You There?
On the Deeper Meaning of ESP

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The leaders of Western science today are materialists. That is to say, they have adopted the religion of materialism invented in the 18th century. The central belief of materialism, namely, that man has no nonphysical component, is now the conceptual basis upon which Western science operates. 

In this book I have pieced together wide-ranging evidence showing how the leaders of Western science, acting collectively, have used circular logic to support their beliefs that:
  • There is no reality except that definable in terms of the physical concepts of space and time.  
  • We have no obligations to others except those that we accept for our own pleasure.

From these beliefs it follows that there can be no basis for an unselfish morality.

The leaders of science are ignoring experimental evidence that man has a nonphysical component, which, for lack of further information, we might call "extraphysical." This evidence does not speak to questions such as "Is there a God?" and "Does human personality survive death?" except to say that we cannot yet answer such questions. All we know is that there is more to man than many of us had previously thought.

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When physical laboratory evidence of a human extraphysical component is claimed to have been found intruding into the physical universe, the leaders of science do not examine such evidence because they already know, as part of their 18th century belief, that it is the consensus of scientists that such evidence cannot exist.

The leaders of science use this circular reasoning because science has grown so complicated, and the pace of life so hectic, that they, as well as we lesser scientists, must all live by the generally accepted truths of science except in those rare cases where a "generally accepted truth" falls within one's own narrow specialty. Needless to say, any evidence of non-physicality does not fall within the specialty of any leader of science. Therefore, any evidence of non-physicality does not get examined by the leaders of science.

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One phenomenon providing evidence of extraphysicality in man is extrasensory perception (ESP). It is my belief that ESP has been proved to occur and that its characteristics are nonphysical. If this is true, then man has an extraphysical element and the leaders of science are mistaken in their contrary belief.

The Table of Contents of this book lists as chapters several essays and associated documents that support my belief. To encourage others to examine for themselves the evidence for ESP, I have also described all of the events in my 50-year, nearly full-time university investigation of ESP, including the experiments I performed, that led me to my present conviction as to the reality of ESP. Here is a summary of the contents of the book:

In Chapter 1, I give a 500-word summary of my earlier book, Joyride to Infinity, A Scientific Study of the Doomsday Literature, which presents the factual basis for the present work.

Chapters 2 and 3 tell in several pages what you might wish to know about me and about how I became interested in the above ideas concerning space, time, and our obligations to others.

Chapter 4, titled "The Sovereignty of Science," is a history of scientific materialism as a political force and as an atheistic religion, starting with its creation in the 18th century. (Chapter 4 is printed in full as an essay elsewhere on this site.)

Chapter 5 is a discussion of the social dynamics of materialism. This chapter describes how materialism as a religion allows the exploitation of the lower economic classes by the upper class. It is the personal power and monetary profit achieved through this exploitation that allow materialism to resist any questioning of its hegemony.

Chapter 6 gives a glimpse of "The Potential Political Importance of Parapsychology." (Parapsychology is the study of ESP and other psychic phenomena.) This is a one-page essay suggesting how parapsychology might permit a rapprochement between a superstitious citizenry and a governing elite and in this way make conceivable the solution of our currently overwhelming social problems.

Chapters 7 through 9 explain in detail the reasons why I am convinced of the reality of extrasensory perception. These chapters are not intended to convince others of the reality of ESP, but only to suggest that an examination of the experimental evidence for ESP might be worthwhile. At present, the evidence for ESP is ridiculed or ignored but not evaluated by competent scientists.

Chapter 10 tells four things briefly: What I think I know about "psi" (psychic) phenomena. Some things I don’t know about psi. How I think a skeptical scientist should approach parapsychology. My old-age regrets as a parapsychologist.

Appendix A, titled "Healing by Wishing," critically reviews Christian Science and Therapeutic Touch as examples of religious and lay, psychic healing rituals. This I have followed by a review I have written of an historically important paper, "A Randomized Double-Blind Study of the Effect of Distant Healing in a Population with Advanced Aids" by Fred Sicher, Elizabeth Targ, Dan Moore, and Helene Smith, found in The Western Journal of Medicine (December 1998, vol. 169, No. 6, pp. 356-363). This paper presents what may be the first scientifically rigorous evidence of the efficacy of psychic healing.

I have followed my review of the Targ, et al. paper by a summary I have written of a review of the Targ paper by Martin Gardner, a member of the Executive Council of The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP). His review appeared in The Skeptical Inquirer , CSICOP's organ, (Vol. 25, No.2 [March/April, 2001], pp. 12-14) and reached me as my book was going to press. Gardner's review provides irrefutable evidence of CSICOP's editorial misrepresentation of parapsychology. His review will be welcomed as a didactic exhibit by parapsychologists, who have long endured CSICOP's sly ridicule of their field.

In the light of Martin Gardner's review, it would seem reasonable to expect that the distinguished scientists, including Nobel Laureates, who for years have silently as Fellows of PSICOP lent their prestige to PSICOP's condemnation of parapsychology, should either resign as Fellows of CSICOP or publish in its journal their documented reasons for believing that the existing evidence for ESP does not warrant the wholehearted investigation of psi by the Scientific Establishment.

Appendix B "Forensic Psi" tells of my eight years association with a paraprofessional (i.e., private) psychic whose real-time, past-time, and future-time remote viewing (successful sometimes in photographic detail) surpasses in information content and spatial control anything recorded in the conservative literature of parapsychology. Her talents have been exercised in assisting state police in criminal investigations. In the past, this psychic would have been hanged as a witch or canonized as a saint.

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