FMBR Editorial: April, 2011
Radiant Minds: Scientists Explore the Dimensions of Consciousness
William C. Gough
Over four decades ago in the 1960s an imaginative and creative group of scientists in the San Francisco Bay Area of California began an exploration into parapsychology and the dimensions of consciousness. They became known as the Parapsychology Research Group. To celebrate their 25th Anniversary, Beverley Kane, Dean Brown and Jean Millay edited the book "Silver Threads." The ideas and concepts kept growing and maturing. This led Dr. Millay to produce a second updated book "Radiant Minds," a product of love, that goes beyond the original book and gives you the insights into how the quest of these original scientists to explore the dimensions of consciousness has evolved in the subsequent years. The book is a unique anthology of a group of mostly scientists as they form a community of seekers into the unknown -- each person on his/her own journey. As they interact with one another in this diverse community, world views change. Samples of the work and insights of over fifty people are outlined in this major undertaking of 670 pages. In addition to a prologue, foreword, introduction, and glossary, there are a dozen sections that cover perception, intention, belief systems, the chemical and electrical aspects of mind and brain/body, mathematical models, physics, spirit, consciousness. education, parapsychology, and global mind.
The authors in this book are ones who question the concepts that underlie today's science. For example, the word "energy" is used both by scientists and psychic healers, but when did the word "energy" come into the physicists' lexicon? Theoretical physicist, Saul-Paul Sirag, explored this question. Modern physics really started with Newton's equations. However, Newton never used the word "energy." It also wasn't used in early 1800's physics text books. In fact "energy" wasn't first used in the physics context at all., It was first used in the personal freedom context and romantic context. In the book Saul-Paul writes an often humorous account of how "energy" evolved into a term used in both modern physics and in spiritual healing, and the difference between the two.
Why has the research in the field of parapsychology received so little acceptance over the past decades? Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove, who received his PhD in Parapsychology from the University of California in Berkeley, reflects on this phenomena. What is the cause for this lack of social acceptance? The data in parapsychology are in fact stronger than for many other well accepted findings in the behavioral sciences and medicine --- for example, in the use of aspirin for preventing cardiovascular events. Dr Mishlove believes the non-acceptance is best understood in sociological and psychological terms rather than strict scientific considerations.
There are fears that the public (including scientists) may have. Do you want someone to "read your mind" or sense hidden aspects of yourself? Dr. Mishlove goes on to provide a list of fourteen reasons where individuals might encounter fear when exposed to parapsychology research. We are entering a research area that could change your belief system. The existence of precognition is a serious problem for contemporary science. Yet, Dr. Elizabeth Rauscher and Russell Targ consider the data supporting the existence of precognition to be overwhelming. They present a mathematical model to account for the phenomena. What impact will this have upon those who interpret their experiences in terms of linear time?
As the data from this imaginative and creative group of scientists evolved over the years, a critical question arose. Are there a set of patterns in the universe that are truly invariant -- ones that everyone can agree upon? How do they affect our lives? Dr. Dean Brown, a theoretical quantum physicist, believed a set of such "Cosmic Laws" existed that united the fundamental structure of the worlds of matter, mind and the abstract (like mathematics). Dr. Brown found eight laws that represent the unchanging organizing principles of the universe. These are discussed in the book. Wisdom represents the combining of a practical understanding of Cosmic Law (the dynamic invariants) and the skill in applying the law (intention). Wisdom then shows one how to lead a good life.
This visionary community began to address how to use the insights they had been gaining. Education of our children and society is our most important activity, but what should be taught! Dr. Jean Millay discusses how our sensory systems can be trained to provide independent information, including intuitive inputs. This is one of the important elements that Dr. Stanley Krippner outlines for a holistic education. Other elements in a holistic education are the need to "learn how to learn.", the need for a "self-discovery science," and ways to express, release, and make beneficial use of emotions. Techniques are presented in the book. There are many other areas to stimulate your thinking. For example, Dr. Marilyn Schlitz and Dr. Dean Radin discuss the science of distant healing; the Russian scientist, Laussia Vilenskaya, discusses fire-walking; the biophysicist, Dr. Beverly Rubik, describes the biofield associated with the human body; remote viewing funded by U.S. intelligence agencies is addressed by Russell Targ; Dr. Arthur Hasting presents an approach to bereavement; Stanley Krippner discuses research on dreams; short write-ups by psychics, spiritual healers, and others about their lives are presented. This is just a brief sample of the contents of "Radiant Minds."
If you want to experience the wide breath of knowledge that these scientists employed in their quest to explore and understand consciousness, this is the book for you to read. You will find that it stimulates your own curiosity and search for a deeper understanding of Nature.
William C. Gough, Co-Founder FMBR and Contributor to Radiant Minds; edited by Dr. Jean Millay