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Most of us know it well--the almost physical sensation that we are the object of someone’s attention. Is the feeling all in our heads? What about related phenomena, such as telepathy and premonitions? Are they merely subjective beliefs? In The Sense of Being Stared At, renowned biologist Rupert Sheldrake explores the intricacies of the mind and discovers that our perceptivMost of us know it well--the almost physical sensation that we are the object of someone’s attention. Is the feeling all in our heads? What about related phenomena, such as telepathy and premonitions? Are they merely subjective beliefs? In The Sense of Being Stared At, renowned biologist Rupert Sheldrake explores the intricacies of the mind and discovers that our perceptive abilities are stronger than most of us could have imagined.Sheldrake argues persuasively in this compelling book that such phenomena are, in fact, real. He rejects the label of "paranormal" and shows how these psychic occurrences are in fact a normal part of human nature. Combining the tradition of pragmatic experimentation with a refusal to accept the conventional answers to explain such phenomena, Sheldrake pioneers an intriguing new inquiry into the mysteries of our deepest nature. Rigorously researched yet completely accessible, this groundbreaking book provides a refreshing new way of thinking about ourselves and our relationships with other people, animals, and the world around us.There are 4 parts:Part 1: TelepathyPart 2: The Power of AttentionPart 3: Remote Viewing and Foreshadowings of the FuturePart 4: How does the 7th Sense Work?The book begins by explaining how the "Sixth Sense" has already been claimed by biologists working on the electrical and magnetic senses of animals. Eels use electrical fields to sense objects around them, sharks and rays use similar fields to hunt, migratory birds and fish have a magnetic senses (biological compass), snakes have heat-sensing abilities, spiders detect web vibrations, etc.Mr. Sheldrake explains how the 7th sense is biological, not supernatural. It extends beyond the body, though how is not exactly known. "To brush aside what people have experienced is not to be scientific, but unscientific. Science is founded on empirical method..." (experience and observation). "But despite an impresssive accumulation of evidence, psychic research has never been accepted within institutional sciences. It has been kept on the margins as a result of powerful taboos against the "paranormal.""In the background lurks the archaic fear of witchcraft."...

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  • Kathrynn
    2019-04-13 08:38

    Wonderful book. There are 4 parts: Part 1: TelepathyPart 2: The Power of AttentionPart 3: Remote Viewing and Foreshadowings of the FuturePart 4: How does the 7th Sense Work?The book begins by explaining how the "Sixth Sense" has already been claimed by biologists working on the electrical and magnetic senses of animals. Eels use electrical fields to sense objects around them, sharks and rays use similar fields to hunt, migratory birds and fish have a magnetic senses (biological compass), snakes have heat-sensing abilities, spiders detect web vibrations, etc. Mr. Sheldrake explains how the 7th sense is biological, not supernatural. It extends beyond the body, though how is not exactly known. "To brush aside what people have experienced is not to be scientific, but unscientific. Science is founded on empirical method..." (experience and observation). "But despite an impresssive accumulation of evidence, psychic research has never been accepted within institutional sciences. It has been kept on the margins as a result of powerful taboos against the "paranormal." "In the background lurks the archaic fear of witchcraft."I agree that it is more scientific to explore phenomena we don't understand than to pretend it doesn't exist.I enjoyed reading the short accounts people shared of their own experiences with various forms of the 7th sense. There are many animal stories in this book: dogs, cats, parrots sensing when their owners are coming home, wonderful account of an African Grey (parrot) that displayed telepathic abilities, animal to animal telephathy, soldiers and police officers that develop the ability to "sense" danger, thinking about someone close to you and then they call, sensing when someone close to you is in trouble or harmed, parents and children, nursing mothers and infants, martial arts, etc.I found it very interesting and have experienced similar sense stories of my own with people close to me and animals. This is an excellent book for animal trainers: dogs, cats, horses, parrots and people interested in learning more on this subject. The end of the book (about 1/4") has information on how to document your own accounts of various 7th sense abilities and where to submit to the author.

  • Katja Vartiainen
    2019-04-17 11:45

    I enjoyed the book. IT is well written, a bit dry at times, but if you need to prove a point in scientific matters, that's what you get.I have listened to Sheldrake's interviews and talk, s I know his theories, which could be true for sure. These subjects are the things I remember foaming about in my 20´s. Why was there no explanation to this phenomenon that almost everybody experienced. The 'staring at somebody's back' experiment anyone can easily try. Interesting. Maybe we can really use all this for good? The emotional connections seems to be very important. I hope research continues.

  • Spencer
    2019-03-30 09:37

    If you write a book about the afterlife or psychic abilities or anything considered "suspect" by a majority of scientists, you have to walk a narrow line. Either you end up being too scientific and overly dry or you write a nice piece of light reading that's mostly fluff. Sheldrake fails all around. The science is lousy and it's the most boring book you could ever read about telepathy. It's basically "I asked 50 people if they had ever felt like someone was looking at them from behind and 35 of them responded in the affirmative. As I mentioned in Chapter 2, one woman was sitting in class and felt that her boyfriend had entered the room and was looking in her direction. She turned around and he was." And so on and so on for page after page. I hate to review a book that I could only get through half of, but sometimes you just don't need to plow through a whole field of crap to know that your plow is in crap.

  • Chrissy
    2019-04-05 06:47

    This was the first time I've read this kind of formatted book and I really enjoyed it. It's all about the sixth sense and some of the stories and theories are really interesting. There were interesting stories about peoples senses and connections with their pets and family members. The book is split into four parts Telepathy, The Power of Attention, Remote Viewing and Foreshadowings of the Future and How does the 7th Sense Work? Some parts of the stories dragged on a little bit and didn't appeal to me but I really got through the parts I enjoyed quickly. I really recommend this book even though it's a bit long but a great read and you learn new interesting things!

  • Justin
    2019-04-19 11:49

    I am plagued by a fear of death. I am also very jaded/skeptical.As such I read many books like this and very much want to believe what they say, but write off much of it due to cognitive biases of the reporters.This book is one of the more critical books on this topic. It is not perfect and sometimes accepts things that I'd write off (like how dreaming about snow in NYC just prior to 911 means that the dreamer predicted the attack).This also rehashes similar experiences contained in other books.On the other hand, there were some new material that was hard to explain away.

  • Kimberly
    2019-04-20 05:30

    Example upon example of people being able to detect and communicate without speaking with brothers, sisters, loved ones far away, dogs, cats, etc. That's great, I know it happens. That's why I picked this book up at the library. But I really wanted to know why it happens, that is, if anyone could figure that out. I gave up on this before I had any answers...

  • Marcia
    2019-04-19 11:45

    If you're fascinated by psychic phenomenon, you will enjoy this book. Rupert is a scientist who tries to straddle the line between writing for a scientific audience and the lay person. As a lay person, I can definitely say he succeeds on that count. This book is not just anecdotes, but is backed up by plenty of research. It includes telepathy, remote viewing, and much more. Equally enjoyable is his book: Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, about animal psychic phenomenon, although it does cover some of the same territory as this book.

  • Irma Walter
    2019-04-06 13:22

    The examples and evidence given are sometimes tedious as many of us lay people still usually go by their inner beliefs or convictions. As a result, some will think Sheldrake's theories rubbish, and others will feel enlightened. I often wonder, if the best we can do is develop the very kind of imagery about ourselves which serves us best. In this sense, Sheldrake's ideas are amazingly meaningful.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-16 08:34

    average

  • Brendan McGill
    2019-04-11 12:37

    Pretty far out book. It introduces concepts largely dismissed by modern scientists, but it also takes a very scientific approach which makes it much easier as a reader to take the journey. I like how it pushes the envelope and challenges convention. Towards the end it got a bit speculative, and there's a redundancy to a lot of it which did make it tough to read at times.

  • Bruce
    2019-04-03 09:29

    This Sheldrake book differs from New Science of Life and Presence of the Past in that it is less technical and more accessible. But I did not like it as much.I am already familiar with the extensive (but poorly publicized) rigorously scientific evidence for extrasensory perception, so the very readable but lengthy description of psychic phenomena was a bit boring for me. In addition, I don’t agree with Sheldrake’s view of consciousness.One notable new tidbit for me—since the 1970’s the Chinese government has encouraged people to report unusual animal behaviour, and used this to evacuate cites before they experience devastating earthquakes, SAVING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES. For all you that live in earthquake prone regions, you should be asking, why doesn’t my government do this for us?In this book the most exciting part, which I am finding is typical of his books, are the very last few pages where he loosens his focus slightly and talks about the wider theoretical possibilities. But this section is woefully brief—to please a more general audience? To please thinkers more grounded in the current reductionist materialist worldview?As he says, “…the sense of being stared at must depend on an influence of the looker on the person being looked at…” I agree. But in the second half of this sentence he says, on a projection of influences outwards.” Here I disagree. In fact, his model is that one perceives incoming data, and then reprojects the image outwards onto the subject.This just rings wrong for me. I think it is because he is trying to take his valid findings that are beyond our current scientific theoretical underpinnings, and then shoehorn them back into the whole 3-4 dimension spacetime model.In his footnotes he admits, “Maybe, at some time in the future, new ways of thinking about interactions at a distance will be possible.” I agree. Let us start thinking of these ways now, along with the data he has done such a good job in assembling.What does ring true for me is his description of arabian scientist Al-Kindi—“In an astonishing vision of interconnectedness, he thought that radiation bound the world into a vast network in which everything acted on everything else to produce natural effects.”Having made a case for the “extended mind,” why confine it?

  • Mark
    2019-04-07 12:25

    This is my 1st exposure to Sheldrake, thoroughly enjoyed it. Really like his attitude that anything is possible until experimentally proven otherwise. After reading his numerous rigourous studies of the power of the extended mind in both Humans and Animals, you can't help but feel that these extended powers are all real, prevalent and a normal capability of our own existence. I could certainly corroborate many of his cases from my own experiences. Some theories I am leaning towards after reading the book.Subconscious Mind & Evolution. Given how sharp the extended senses are with some animals, particularly dogs when compared to humans, I can't help but feel that we might have lost that as a part of evolution when the conscious (monkey) mind gained dominance. And with the rise of human society and the self-ego the subconscious is no doubt pushed further back. I claim without proof that fervent deniers of ESP are no doubt equally fervent ego-centric.Theory of Vision. I've long been rather unconvinced about the current "correct" inbound only theory of vision. To me it is a two way process. Light flows into the eyes and as we focus, attention is directed out. This attention generates an energy at that area of focus, call it qi or whatever. As you squirt your eyes to focus you could certainly feel something flowing out! particularly when you're tired!Precognition. The idea that precognition is not a prediction of the future, but future experiences being leaked back into the present has interesting implications for me about Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Human learning maybe just us heeding information that is send from the future, something machines could never replicate!

  • Anton
    2019-04-09 07:29

    Rupert Sheldrake has a fascinating Website. Just Google Rupert Sheldrake. ...I like his name by the way. Sheldrake is the name of a duck popular with hunters in the Northeast, where I'm from. I also like the subject. Of course, I would take offense at being called a wacko believer in telepathy. I don't believe in it, I just find it possible. I Believe, in another topic covered in the book, precognition. I experience that all the time, in this way. I'll dream about something, like a small dog, or a wallet, or a person I haven't thought of, and the person place or thing will come up in some way usually right after I wake up or during the day. The other aspect of his book that I've been interested in for years is the idea of, well, he discusses it in a chapter called, The Extended mind and Modern Physics. it's really just, well not just, but the idea that the mind goes out beyond the wet part.This book is neither a fast, sexy read, nor a difficult exposition. It's in between. The recitation of the experiments slowed me down a bit but not much because I like the subject and his writing is decent.I first became open to this idea of the extended mind about 40 years ago on reading Steps to an Ecology of Mind, by Gregory Bateson. Bateson was the husband of the renowned anthropologist and skirt chaser, Margaret Mead. Their daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson, wrote a book about growing up in the Bateson - Mead household, a book that's been on my to-read list for years; too long. P.S. My mother and I met Mead once in an elevator while wandering around the New York Museum of Natural History. For me it was particularly uneventful, since I was about ten.

  • Cathy
    2019-04-01 05:39

    I like books that have a lot of stories to go along with their theories and I think that's why I enjoyed this book so much. Stories of mothers who knew when their children were in danger some distance away, dogs who know when their owners are coming home, the psychic parrot, this book kinda covers a lot of phenomona. Since I was already a believer, I didn't have to sit and wonder if any of it was true. I've always meant to pick up more by this author as he writes on similar subjects.

  • Brett
    2019-03-30 07:22

    The theories Dr. Sheldrake puts forward are interesting, and carry credibility thanks to the fine line he walks between open-mindedness and skepticism. He does a good job of discussing explanations other than his "seventh sight" as he calls it.I felt however that the book was a bit too long. Too rambling. It could have done with some editing to tighten it up. Possibly paring down the anecdotes that, while interesting, began to run together after a while.

  • Francois
    2019-04-13 06:43

    Lots of statistics at first and obviously can't prove anything scientifically. But does a great job at conducting surveys and reviewing studies (recent and 100+ years old). The second part of the book gets more philosophical, and his perspective (biology) was enlightening for me. So I didn't think I'd get through it at first and skipped many paragraphs, but glad I stuck to it until the end.

  • Katie
    2019-04-01 10:31

    While this book had promising sections, overall it was simply dull and unable to draw me in. Throughout the book the author would introduce interesting themes and then spiral off on a tangent that seemed completely unrelated, repeating earlier facts that made reading through it more of a task than a joy.

  • Steve Wiggins
    2019-04-23 11:33

    It takes a brave scientist to consider the implications of what we feel rather than what we reason. Worth the time and effort, this book really makes you think. See more about it here: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.

  • Stacy
    2019-04-10 11:38

    A big dissappointment - it read too much like a textbook - not fun for recreational reading. I found it repetative, especially the way the author kept pitching his other books. It make me wonder why I was bothering with this one, when he so often referred to the others.

  • Brandon
    2019-04-23 06:48

    Fascinating, plain and simple. His ideas about morphic fields I find sensible and at least worth exploring. The science seems mostly valid, and I even found myself doing some of his experiments with my dog. Seemed to work sometimes, but I wasn't consistent with it, so who knows.

  • Jamie
    2019-04-22 07:37

    This was a fascinating book and a different portrayal of associations of psychology. The chapters were a little choppy and some were dry but if you are interested in unexplained happenings, it’s a fun one.

  • Emily
    2019-04-19 08:34

    This book didn't get interesting until near the ending. The first three quarters are mostly antedotes. I like Rupert Sheldrake and his research, but the book was easily put-downable, hence the reason it took so long to read.

  • Joelle
    2019-03-26 09:37

    I saw this book at the store, bought and read it. It was an interesting read because of the various phenomenons that we all experience.

  • Karla
    2019-03-29 12:40

    Didn't finish.

  • Martin Bradford
    2019-04-07 13:33

    An over reliance on anecdote - is this really science?

  • Patrick\
    2019-03-28 11:22

    Sheldrake brings up real phenomena ignored by real science in challenging ways. Not to be ignored, and, because of Sheldrake, is not. Good read.

  • elita
    2019-03-25 09:34

    Not something you can read through from beginning to end, but lots of interesting anecdotes. I liked the sections about the psychic connections between pets and their owners the best.

  • Michael
    2019-04-09 12:21

    Sheldrake falls on the Believer side of the divide, but this is a stimulating read. The premise: You can feel eyes on the back of your neck... action at a distance?

  • Becky
    2019-04-19 12:31

    I remember reading this in high school. Parts of it I found amazing, but later parts seemed downright quackish. It would be interesting to see what I think of it now.

  • Erin
    2019-04-01 09:38

    telepathy isn't all that strange. "i was just thinking of you right before you called..."animals can also read our minds sometimes, especially parrots.