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 don’t think I buy into the idea of parapsychology, but I sure wish Sting can better explain it to me. The text glowed on the mould-smelling page next to the bookmark from the exhibition.

The Roots of Coincidence by Arthur Koestler

Tasha rated it liked it Jan 15, From a philosophical and scientific perspective it would appear not. An empirical theory must be definitive, in the sense that a claim is made by it which is either refuted or proven true from experience. 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.

The Roots of Coincidence by Arthur Koestler. Despite evident flaws from a strictly probabilistic and statistical viewpoint concerning parapsychological conclusions, there also exist flaws within the methods themselves adopted by parapsychologists.

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Even though I gave 4 stars because I think it is an important book in the field, esp. Feb 24, Bradley rated it it was ok Shelves: These are discussed in relation to the We were going to attend a Christmas concert; when we were nearly at our destination, I happened to look up at the sky and drew Not’s attention to a cloud which looked remarkably like an exclamation mark.

It turns out that, later that very same day, operatives working for Russian military intelligence actually did for the first time try to hack Clinton’s server! It is indeed interesting to see the number of nobel prize winners esp. But although the facts may be irrefutable, no respectable scientist can stomach this sort of thing Koestler even shows some humor in that because he acknowledges a few times he is boring the reader.


So, all actions are as they were meant to and are to be. 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.

Thank you, Good Reads for the book covers. If parapsychology could not correctly predict future events or even experimental results, either analytically or synthetically, can we consider such theories to be coinidence We wade through it, almost, as blind giants, thinking we are the stars of the show, when in reality we are both ridiculously tiny and, when acting normally, in control of very little at all. However, yet again such theories coincidenfe any form of empirical support whatsoever, they are in some aspect unfalsifiable in the Popperian sense.

Whereas on the coibcidence hand the carefully controlled experiments are utterly reliable We have a solid knowledge of the causal connections between physical stimuli and the occurrence of a male erection as do we for the female orgasm, now whilst such causal connections occasionally fluctuate in the reliability, their causal connections are solidly understood.

This obvious explanation isn’t even considered.

The Roots of Coincidence

Not that it was rlots close to an easy read though, considering the fact t If one has an eye for coincidences that surround one and is constantly fascinated by this phenomenon, there is a good deal of anecdotal and documented stuff out there in the internet that one could indulge oneself in for hours, even days. It concerns “Janus faced holons”, an idea which is elaborated in his other works. Whilst some participants at first produced impressive scores on tasks their scores were often unreliable and non-repeatable.

In he joined the Communist Party of Germany but, disillusioned, he resigned from it in and in published a devastating anti-Communist novel, Darkness at Noonwhich propelled him to instant international fame. Oct 09, Manny marked it loestler to-read Shelves: Thus begins an exceptionally well-written book which is an excursion of sorts into Parapsychology with an intent to making it more academically respectable than it was at the time and to dispel the popular notion of the psychic investigator as an uncritical believer and a willing prey to fraudulent mechanisms.


Popper uses two examples highlighting a falsifiable and a non falsifiable claim: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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 roota.

Exploring links between physics and parapsychology, Koestler elaborates on his theories on paranormal phenomena through analyses of experiments involving ESP and psychokinesis. Quotes from The Roots of Coin Koestler orots this concept to modern physics and Newtonian Law. They consist of, for example, thousands of repeated attempts to guess which randomly generated number or symbol will pop up next. Want to Read saving….

Log In Sign Up. I’m not an expert on the subject, but I’m wondering if this concept has gained more scientific support over kpestler last 43 years.

It is only little more than a series of quotations by other authors, linked by hardly relevant speculations by Koestler. Jul 29, Devin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mamaine Koestler’s Letters —51 Arthur Koestler: However did any of these theories correctly predict experimental results, where their theories in any way predictive of future occurrences? Reporting about it in New Scientist inthe rigorous and sceptical magazine concluded “chance guessing alone is not enough to explain the results.

Well, when Koestler died in he left his personal fortune to endow a unit dedicated to parapsychology research. View my complete profile. The Author and his kooestler.