By Edgar Mitchell, Dwight Williams
Apollo 14 astronaut Mitchell deals a imaginative and prescient within which expertise and instinct are harmonized in pursuit of a extra complex attention. while Mitchell used to be hurtling again to earth after strolling at the moon in 1971, he had a profound feel that every one issues are interconnected and that the universe is an clever procedure with which we have to hyperlink up. We listen how Mitchell begun a occupation as a fighter pilot within the years following WW II, switched to NASA with the desire of being a part of the recent house application, and got here to understand the mythical Wernher von Braun, whom he believes was once a real visionary fairly. Mitchell tells how, whereas returning to earth, he performed a personal ESP test that looked as if it would yield optimistic effects. therefore, he based the Institute of Noetic Sciences, on the way to attempt paranormal phenomena scientifically. We listen of Uri Geller's skill to bend spoons at a distance and of the way Mitchell's personal mom had her eyesight restored through American psychic Norbu Chen--until she discovered that Chen used to be no longer a Christian and her near-blindness back. Mitchell concludes that our personal attention and ideology are profoundly a part of truth. He deals us a journey of Western idea from Aristotle to Newton, arguing that instinct and technological know-how have been divorced until eventually the arrival of Einstein and quantum physics. We pay attention much approximately synchronicity, left and correct mind, and the concept psychic occasions are quantum exchanges within the mind that hyperlink us with the bigger international. regrettably, Mitchell's insights, intriguing yet often vague, rely excessively on one-sided generalizations approximately ecu philosophy and on his espousal of Joseph Campbell's perspectives on faith. A stimulating try and reinvent the wheel.
__________В этой книге бывший астронавт, член экипажа корабля "Аполлон-14" Эдгар Митчелл рассказывает о своей жизни и карьере. В 1971 году, возвращаясь с Луны, Митчелл тайком провёл эксперимент, связанный с экстрасенсорным восприятием, который, судя по всему, дал положительные результаты. В книге описываются различные паранормальные явления и делается попытка дать их научное объяснение.
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Ultimately, our joint quest is to one day bring these questions to meaningful conclusions. During the era of the Apollo Program of lunar exploration, it was conventional wisdom in both scientific and theological circles that not only were we alone in this vast universe, but also that the speed-of-light limitation from Einstein’s theory of special relativity forever doomed us as a species to this middle-aged solar system on the fringes of the Milky Way galaxy. It is quite intriguing that a handful of scientists, the most prominent of whom were Frank Drake and Carl Sagan, were able to find the funds and government support to establish a radio astronomy project called the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).
All that was required was a lot of control over the design of my study, an extraordinary degree of flexibility, hard work, and a reasonable dose of luck. But there were never any guarantees, and for a mother and her children, the lifestyle meant friends and playmates left behind. As my studies in Cambridge drew to a close it was once again time to contemplate what the next leg of this journey should be. There were lots of roads, but no sure map. Eventually I applied for a position in the guidance and control division of NASA, simply because I knew this could take me nearer to space, and a few weeks later I was accepted.
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