Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind

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Bantam Books, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 302 pages
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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 Sigmund Freud’s writings on telepathy to secret CIA experiments on remote viewing, from leading-edge neuroscience to the strange world of quantum physics, Dr. Mayer reveals a wealth of credible and fascinating research into the realm where the 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.

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Review: Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind

User Review  - Heidi Wiechert - Goodreads

I thought that the most amazing part of this book was that, if the author found someone's research to be intriguing, she would set up a meeting and go talk to that scientist/biologist/physicist ... Read full review

Review: Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind

User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

Excellent presentation of a difficult subject. Most of us have been conditioned to believe that logical reasoning is the only legitimate way to use our minds. However, the evidence - both anecdotal ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer, Ph.D., was an internationally known psychoanalyst, researcher, and clinician, the author of groundbreaking papers on female development, the nature of science, and intuition, and a contributor toConsciousness and Healing, published by theInstitute of Noetic Sciences. In addition to her private practice, she was associate clinical professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and also taught at UC Medical Center, San Francisco. She died just after completingExtraordinary Knowing.

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