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In 1991, when her daughters rare, hand-carved harp was stolen, Lisby Mayers 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 dowsera man who specialized in finding lost objects. With nothing to loseand almost as a jokeDr. 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 whod 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 Freuds 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.
A leading psychoanalyst challenges the world of science and rational thinking as she explores the mysteries of intuition, mind and matter, and reality as she offers credible research into everything from cutting-edge neuroscience to suppressed military research and a Princeton lab experimenting with remote perception. 20,000 first printing.
About the Author
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 to Consciousness and Healing, published by the Institute 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 completing Extraordinary Knowing.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Freeman Dyson
Foreword by Carol Gilligan
1. The Harp that Came Back
My Journey Begins
2. Going Public with Private Knowing
Breaking the Silence
3. Disavowing the Extraordinary
Personal Cost and Public Consequences
4. States of Mind
Knowing That Doesn't Feel Like Knowing
5. Intuitive Intelligence
The Art and Science of Union
6. Starting—and Stopping—the Conversation
The Strange History of Paranormal Research
7. Tossing Out Meteorites
Science Fear, and Anxiety
8. Nighttime Eyes
Learning to Live with Paradox