A longtime exploiter of what former astronaut Mitchell calls ""noetics"" poses some critical questions that Panati...

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THE FAR SIDE OF CONSCIOUSNESS

A longtime exploiter of what former astronaut Mitchell calls ""noetics"" poses some critical questions that Panati (Supersenses, p. 859) ignores. Cohen calls himself ""both a skeptic and a materialist"" but retains ""a grudging respect for the persistence and ingenuity of the explorers of the psychic world."" He points out the merits of autonomic control (biofeedback, yoga, TM), but debunks its inflated claims. After a lengthy history of faith healing, he argues -- convincingly -- that its effect is probably mere suggestion. Clairvoyance, plant ""consciousness"" and other ""psi"" phenomena are far from proved; experiments are seriously flawed. Psychic possibilities of ""altered states of consciousness"" remain inadequately researched. ""Programming,"" says Cohen -- whether depicted by the Labor Committee or Ted Patrick, or as ""brainwashing"" or ""behavior mod"" -- is not an exotic alteration of the mind; but chemical and surgical procedures may eventually become dangers. A reasonably sound inquiry, calling, predictably, for more research; but non-cultists will find this trivial.

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 1974

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Publisher: Dodd, Mead

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1974