Extraordinary Knowing

Extraordinary Knowing

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

eBook - 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"...
Publisher: 2007
ISBN: 9780553903515
Branch Call Number: E-Book
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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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