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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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A monstrous book that starts slow in its avoidance of a clear connection to creativity. Quotes from The Roots of Coin Marks illustrates the fact that such odd matches do regularly occur with examples from his own experience. Released inhe went to England, where he made his home. Within a normal science it would be concluded that such experiments were not repeatable and thus most likely occurred by some form of astonishing chance, rather than astonishing ability.

I’m not good at higher math or science, but this book made me feel so. The musician Sting was an avid reader of Koestler.

The Roots of Coincidence

Aug 27, Babak rated it it was ok. A curio, both in terms of why it was written and why I read it, especially in its use of the old fallback of invoking quantum mechanics to provide a basis for equally bizarre but otherwise unrelated phenomena.

The same lack of falsifiability can be observed when subjects who at first showed telepathic traits later lose their ability. I may have compared things to exclamation marks before, but I can’t remember having done so. University of Chicago Press. Dowsing rated it ckincidence liked it.


It was not an easy read. Koestler provides too few examples; he also draws too many suggested links between parapsychology and esoteric scientific knowledge to approach being persuasive. I found this book great fun, and am curious to discover how well it has weathered the past few decades.

This is overall a fair critique of that book which was definitely marred by a hollowness of tangible proof. His early career was in journalism. Premonitions and similar phenomena are widely enough reported to suggest something is worth investigating. In the very next paragraph, two people were walking together and one of them pointed out an object which looked like an exclamation mark.

Aug 11, James Hartley rated it it was amazing. This can be seen throughout scientific history, the rejection of the Ptolemaic system, the adoption of Darwinian evolution and the movement away from behavioural psychology. Within the parapsychological framework of empirical research discussed by Koestler there exists no attempts of researchers attempting to find evidence against their theories essentially improving their scientific rigour.

Narrative Drive: The Roots of Coincidence by Arthur Koestler

ot Most of Koestler’s arguments are actually pretty solid and his overarching theoretical framework is very elegant, widely applicable, and maybe even capable of shedding light on some very fundamental mysteries. The best chapter is a historical overview of theories of meaningful coincidences tthe part of an “acausal connecting principle”, as Jung later devised it.


Thomas Kuhn in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions discusses this as the title suggests, the nature of science as a whole, specifically the ways in which scientific theories are thd and abandoned in favour of evidence.

But when an author begins a book with a quote like I am afraid my subject is rather an exciting one and as I don’t like excitement, I shall approach it in a gentle, timid, roundabout wayyou know what you’re getting into. The most arresting statement for me came on Pg.

Facts and data presented about the phenomenons and the current academical research on them are useful. An experiment with obvious probability chances of guessing the card correctly being one in five.

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But I liked it. It was a place where the checkout girls use name tags; the one serving us was called Miranda.

And among that precious little, this book is especially noteworthy. Feb 18, David Balfour rated it really roote it. However, yet again such theories lack any form of empirical support whatsoever, they are in some aspect unfalsifiable in the Popperian sense.