418. Dean Radin

Dean Radin, PhD, is Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and Associated Distinguished Professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). He occasionally gives lectures in the Department of Psychology at Sonoma State University and has served on doctoral dissertation committees at Saybrook University and CIIS. His original career track as a concert violinist shifted into science after earning a BSEE degree in electrical engineering, magna cum laude with honors in physics, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and then an MS in electrical engineering and a PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For a decade he worked on advanced telecommunications R&D at AT&T Bell Laboratories and GTE Laboratories. For three decades he has been engaged in frontiers research on the nature of consciousness. Before joining the research staff at IONS in 2001, he held appointments at Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, University of Nevada, Interval Research Corporation, and SRI International.

He is author or coauthor of hundreds of scientific, technical, and popular articles, three dozen book chapters, and three popular books including the award-winning and bestselling The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena (HarperOne, 1997), Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality (Simon & Schuster, 2006), a 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award, Supernormal: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities (Random House, 2013), and Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe (Penguin Random House). These books have been translated into 14 foreign languages, so far. His technical articles have appeared in journals including Foundations of Physics and Physics Essays to Psychological Bulletin and Journal of Consciousness Studies; he was featured in a New York Times Magazine article; and he has appeared on dozens of television shows ranging from the BBC’s Horizon to PBS’s Closer to Truth. He has given over 400 interviews and talks, including presentations at Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge, Princeton, Virginia Tech, the Sorbonne, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Minnesota, for industries including Google, Johnson & Johnson, Rabobank, and for various government organizations including the US Navy, DARPA, and the National Academy of Sciences.

In 2010, he spent a month lecturing in India as the National Visiting Professor of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, a program sponsored by India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development. In 2013 and 2014, he gave invited lectures in Kuala Lumpur at the International Center for Leadership and Governance, an organization supported by the Central Bank of Malaysia. In 2015 he spoke at the Australian Leadership Retreat, a confidential program of briefings and discussions for Australian government, business, education, and military leaders.

Website: deanradin.com

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Transcript of this interview

Interview recorded Sept. 9, 2017

Second BatGap interview with Dean Radin.

YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction and Background of Buddha at the Gas Pump
  • 00:04:27 – Writing Papers and the Men in Black
  • 00:07:37 – The Interest in Special Powers and Abilities
  • 00:11:43 – The Fundamental Disagreement about Consciousness
  • 00:15:58 – Idealism and Panpsychism
  • 00:19:26 – The Fundamental Nature of Consciousness
  • 00:22:56 – The Taboo of Psychic Phenomena Discussion
  • 00:27:00 – The Holistic Nature of Consciousness
  • 00:31:01 – The Nature of Reality and Purpose
  • 00:35:21 – Presentiment and Anticipating Danger
  • 00:39:32 – The Unconscious Response to Future Events
  • 00:43:01 – Expanding Conscious Capacity
  • 00:46:33 – The Intelligence that Governs Nature
  • 00:50:20 – Safeguarding Latent Abilities and the Ethics of Enlightenment
  • 00:54:22 – Using Psychic Ability for Extraterrestrial Communication
  • 00:58:09 – The Meaning of Entanglement and its Connection to Coherence in Living Systems
  • 01:01:55 – Subjectivity and the Brain
  • 01:05:39 – Questioning Prior Beliefs and Embracing Mystery
  • 01:09:13 – Supernormal Abilities and Siddhis
  • 01:12:43 – Yogic Flying and Levitation in Siddha Yoga
  • 01:15:34 – Changes in Physical Reality due to Large-Scale Attention
  • 01:19:20 – Statistical Analysis of Events
  • 01:23:13 – The Influence of Consciousness on Random Number Generators
  • 01:26:46 – The Möbius Strip Metaphor
  • 01:30:08 – Brain Responses to Future Events
  • 01:33:25 – Exploring Esoteric Traditions and the Idea of Magic
  • 01:36:59 – The Three Categories of Magic
  • 01:41:06 – The Future of Science and Spirituality
  • 01:44:48 – The Interface between Consciousness and Machines
  • 01:48:56 – The Challenge of Expressing Abstraction