Extraordinary Knowing

Extraordinary Knowing

Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind

Book - 2007
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In 1991, when her daughter's rare, hand-carved harp was stolen, Lisby Mayer's familiar world of science and rational thinking turned upside down. After the police failed to turn up any leads, a friend suggested she call a dowser--a man who specialized in finding lost objects. With nothing to lose--and almost as a joke--Dr. Mayer agreed. Within two days, and without leaving his Arkansas home, the dowser located the exact California street coordinates where the harp was found. Deeply shaken, yet driven to understand what had happened, Mayer began the fourteen-year journey of discovery that she recounts in this mind-opening, brilliantly readable book. Her first surprise: the dozens of colleagues who'd been keeping similar experiences secret for years, fearful of being labeled credulous or crazy. Extraordinary Knowing is an attempt to break through the silence imposed by fear and to explore what science has to say about these and countless other "inexplicable" phenomena. From the Society for Psychical Research at the turn of the last century to a CIA study of remote viewing--much of it still classified; from the diaries of Sigmund Freud to the speculations of leading theoretical physicists, Dr. Mayer reveals a wealth of credible and fascinating research into the realm where mind seems to trump the laws of nature. She does not ask us to believe. Rather she brings us a book of profound intrigue and optimism, with far-reaching implications not just for scientific inquiry but also for the ways we go about living in the world.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2007
ISBN: 9780553803358
0553803352
Branch Call Number: 133.8 M452e 2007
Characteristics: xiii, 302 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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dano62
Mar 08, 2016

I agree that the problem with research into anomalous cognition has to do with upholding individuality of the person. Empirical scientific measurement will maybe one day advance to capture the bio-mechanism of these elusive senses. Interestingly the state of mind required, that of minimal activity in the parietal lobes, as when meditating, is also seen in a trauma state: when boundaries between physical self and environment are lost. Elite athletes and performers have also described a feeling of "oneness". I was intrigued by one psychic's personality analysis of the author's daughter-a grave error by one of her ancestors is to blame.

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donna_james
Dec 27, 2015

Reviewed in O Magazine: March 2007.

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