Subtle Activism Supernormal On Yoga the Siddhis Extraordinary Powers and Science

Broadcast on September 09, 2015
With Dean Radin, PhD

"Supernormal" asks a simple question: Was Buddha just a nice guy? Did Buddha’s teachings thrive because he was more attractive or charismatic than the average guy, or because of his legendary supernormal abilities? What does science have to offer in addressing these questions, and what do the answers tell us about our own potentials

Dean Radin, PhD

Chief Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences

Dean Radin is the Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), Associated Distinguished Professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and chairman of the board for the neurogenetics biotech startup, Cognigenics Inc. His early career track as a concert violinist shifted into science after earning a BSEE degree (magna cum laude, with honors in physics) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and then an MS in electrical engineering and PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For a decade he worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories and later at GTE Laboratories. For four decades his research has focused on the nature and capacities of consciousness. Before joining the research staff at IONS in 2001, he held appointments at Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, and SRI International, where he worked on a classified program investigating psychic espionage for the US government.

He is author and coauthor of over 300 scientific, technical, and popular articles, four dozen book chapters, two technical books, and four popular books including the Scientific and Medical Network's 1997 book award, The Conscious Universe (HarperOne, 1997), Entangled Minds (Simon & Schuster, 2006), the 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award, Supernormal (Random House, 2013), and Real Magic (Penguin Random House, 2018). These books have been translated so far into 15 foreign languages.

His 130+ academic articles can be found in peer-reviewed journals ranging from Foundations of Physics and Physics Essays to Frontiers in Human NeurosciencePsychological Bulletin, Brain and Cognition, and Psychology of Consciousness. He serves as a referee for 25 journals, including PLOS OneFrontiers in BioscienceIntegrative Cancer TherapiesJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Physics Essays, and Psychology of Consciousness. He was featured in a New York Times Magazine article, and he has appeared on dozens of television programs around the world. His 650+ interviews and talks have included presentations at Harvard (medical), Stanford (statistics), Princeton (psychology), Columbia (education), Cambridge (physics), Edinburgh (psychology), The Sorbonne (parapsychology), University of Padova (physics), University of British Columbia (parapsychology), and University of Allahabad (cognitive neuroscience).

His invited talks for industries have included Merck, Google, Johnson & Johnson, and Rabobank, and his government talks have included the US National Academy of Sciences, the US Naval War College, US Army Special Operations Command, US Naval Postgraduate School, DARPA, the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, the International Center for Leadership and Goverance, and the Australian Davos Connection. In 2017 he was named one of the 100 most inspiring people in the world by the German magazine, OOOM, as of 2021 his filmography on IMDB lists 42 film, TV shows, and documentaries he's appeared in, and in 2021 he was designated a  Visionary Leader by the Visioneers International Network.​​​