Extra Sensory The Science and Pseudoscience of Telepathy and Other Powers of the Mind

Brian Clegg

St. Martin's Press




320 Pages



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Extra Sensory is a pop-science look at the untapped abilities of human beings, from ESP to Telekenesis and other real life sciences that are currently being studied today, from physicist Brian Clegg.

We'd all love to have 'psi' abilities like telepathy, telekinesis, and remote viewing. But is there any solid evidence to back up these talents, or are they nothing more than fantasy? We still only understand a small percentage of the capabilities of the human brain—and we shouldn’t dismiss such potential powers out of hand. Although there is no doubt that many who claim these abilities are frauds, and no one has yet won James Randi’s $1M prize for demonstrating ESP under lab conditions, we still have a Nobel prize winner suggesting a mechanism for telepathy, serious scientists researching the field and university projects that produced potentially explosive results. What’s the verdict? By looking at possible physical mechanisms for ESP and taking in the best scientific evidence, the reader can discover if this is all wishful thinking and deception, or a fascinating reality. The truth is out there.


Praise for Extra Sensory

"Clegg accomplishes the impressive feat of persuading readers that ESP might exist, while delivering a delightfully astute examination of the current evidence, which remains frustratingly feeble."—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Gravity:
"Although by far the feeblest of the four universal forces, gravity is the only one we experience continuously. Every inquisitive person should read a book about it, preferably this one . . . Clegg's skills never flag and his account remains lucid and free of jargon, bad jokes, and math phobia." —Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"Clegg's accessible presentation offers insight into everything from Aristotelian science to black holes and string theory as it reveals the complexities and surprise of a familiar force that continues to surprise scientists." —Publishers Weekly

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Admit it. At some time in your life you have probably wished that you had superpowers. There is something particularly appealing about being special, having something above and outside the ordinary, being able to go far beyond the conventional capabilities of a human being. As a kid, I certainly did a fair amount of running around with one arm stuck out in front of me, playing Superman, pretending that I could fly.
Even as an adult, the idea of having such paranormal abilities appeals. You may try to conceal the delight
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  • Brian Clegg

  • Brian Clegg  holds a physics degree from Cambridge and has written regular columns, features, and reviews for numerous magazines. He lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and two children.
  • Brian Clegg
    Brian Clegg