• The ESP Enigma

  • The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena
  • By: Diane Hennacy Powell
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-24-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (169 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Although much is now known about the brain, relatively little has been determined about where consciousness comes from: What is the source of the "I" in our internal monologue? How does something as nonmaterial as consciousness arise from something material like the brain?Dr. Diane Powell, a Johns Hopkins-trained neuroscientist, has brilliantly reassessed the meaning and nature of consciousness by exploring research on the workings of psychic phenomena.
Over the past few decades, several well-designed and rigorously supervised experiments have documented the existence of telepathic interconnection, clairvoyance, precognition, psychokinesis, and out-of-body experiences. Mainstream science has largely ignored these data, because they all defy the traditional model of consciousness as being solely the product of brain chemistry. Building from these experiments, Powell constructs a new theory of consciousness. Integrating concepts from physics, neuroscience, and other disciplines, she offers an insightful and intriguing explanation of ESP, provocatively claiming that the existence of psychic abilities expands our understanding and appreciation of consciousness. Psychic abilities are also consistent with findings in modern physics: For example, psychokinesis implies that consciousness is a type of force field, while precognition suggests that the past, present, and future exist concurrently.
Eye-opening in its conclusions and exciting in its implications, The ESP Enigma will challenge your preconceived notions and expand your mind.
©2008 Diane Hennacy Powell (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Psychic power has had trouble gaining scientific respectability, but Powell makes a game effort to propose serious consideration of its existence.... Incorporating Powell's knowledge of neuroscience, this work should appeal to those open to the idea that ESP exists." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By MacFamily on 02-13-10

A fanscinating revelation

Like a crash course in neuroscience for the layman, that includes an inspiring account of how powerful the human mind is and can be. It could almost be a beginners manual to "freeing the mind". The first half describes the myraid scientific and government studies that have been done on the mind and phsycic phenomina (near-death exp, pre-cognition, out-of-body exp., future memory, remote viewing, ect.). The second half describes the most current theories of the mind and how its newly "discovered" functions have brought us closer to explaining, understanding, and even validating much of the phsycic phenomena decribed in the first half of the book. Some of the most incredible revelations to me were: the theory of consciousness as a force, the Theory of Everything & String Theory, LIGHT, Resonance, the Zero Point Field, the arguments for more than 3 dimensions, the fractality of universe, and the underlying fabric of the universe as a mass storage field.
I am going to listen to it again right away! Its the most interesting and educational material I have ever heard - as far as I think I know....right now.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Richard D. Martel on 11-26-10

Monism vs. Dualism, a modern scientific analysis

Very well written and enlightening. Secular leaning scientists may disagree with this modern analysis of consciousness and the mind-body relationship debate. Dr Howell presents solid arguments as to why we are getting closer to finding out the truth about this evrlasting debate.
As a psychology teacher I found that her arguments were quite similar to my own personal theory about the role of religion/spirituality in our conscious interpretation of the world we perceive.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Bill Ruys on 07-05-16

Not a scientific case for psychic phenomena at all

This book presents some scientific information and then takes some giant leaps in regard to how this applies to psychic phenomena. Much of the content is the opinion of the author, using some apparently bona fide studies, but also a lot of anecdotal "evidence" which is neither peer reviewed nor verifiable. This collection of speculative ideas, more so towards the end of the book, left me feeling quite disappointed.

I also had a real issue with the reader's style, which was trying hard to appear authoritative. However, I found her hard-edged voice and "mother-superior" style most annoying.

The author clearly believes in many forms of psychic phenomena, but I found many of her links between the scientific evidence and personal beliefs tenuous at best.

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