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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 hi 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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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 hi 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.

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hoại Băng

    This book is intriguing as well as challenging, although my professor could be upset if she knows I only give it 4 stars. Don't take me wrong, I love this books since I went through the very first pages. It's mind bending, but worth to consider, but I feel it's just not enough for me. I need more protocols, I need more ideas of how we can enter the world of anomalies. Extraordinary Knowing opens a gate to the study of anomalous phenomena and parapsychology, while provides many information about This book is intriguing as well as challenging, although my professor could be upset if she knows I only give it 4 stars. Don't take me wrong, I love this books since I went through the very first pages. It's mind bending, but worth to consider, but I feel it's just not enough for me. I need more protocols, I need more ideas of how we can enter the world of anomalies. Extraordinary Knowing opens a gate to the study of anomalous phenomena and parapsychology, while provides many information about studies, experiments, researches had been done in the past, it leads us to grasp things more profoundly about the way we look at ourselves and the reality. Questions keep come and come, but on top of everything, the crucial key is to reconsider the way we are living now as a part of this tangible and intangible at the same time world by using different rules to explain thing called "reality". Please, be conscious! Where should we go after reading this? Quantum physic. Absolutely.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sally Fouhse

    I gave it a 3 because it seemed a bit repetitive and catty. I also question some of the statistics from various studies: a certain study reveals that, say, 60% of participants beat random odds of stating a color someone in another room is thinking of - but there are only 12 people in the study! Not enough for reliable data. However, I don't doubt the truth of may of the topics, such as the harp event or the remote viewing studied by the CIA. There are so many things we don't know about how the b I gave it a 3 because it seemed a bit repetitive and catty. I also question some of the statistics from various studies: a certain study reveals that, say, 60% of participants beat random odds of stating a color someone in another room is thinking of - but there are only 12 people in the study! Not enough for reliable data. However, I don't doubt the truth of may of the topics, such as the harp event or the remote viewing studied by the CIA. There are so many things we don't know about how the brain works.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Heidi The Reader

    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/professor. Dr. Mayer was given access to the minds and private thoughts of leading researchers from all over the world- multiple private institutions and universities. For me, the glimpses behind the curtain of ivy league academia and private research facilities was reason enough to read this. Her examinat 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/professor. Dr. Mayer was given access to the minds and private thoughts of leading researchers from all over the world- multiple private institutions and universities. For me, the glimpses behind the curtain of ivy league academia and private research facilities was reason enough to read this. Her examination of "anomalous mental capacities" is fascinating and reflective of her status as a contributor to peer-reviewed journals, but it is very heavy in places. This isn't a pool-side summer read but it is informative and mind expanding if you can make it through it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Douglas

    Informative research from an energetic soul, eager to seek out truth for her own self.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aditya

    The book rambles and meanders a bit. In some ways, it reads like the author's attempt to put together a cohesive argument to convince herself. I was hooked but had to put the book down many times to check on the people, books and research she refers to in the book. I think she has put down a very good compilation of material. Its not as readable as a Gladwell book but the advantages of a scientist's POV over a journalist more than made it up for me. Immensely intriguing! The book rambles and meanders a bit. In some ways, it reads like the author's attempt to put together a cohesive argument to convince herself. I was hooked but had to put the book down many times to check on the people, books and research she refers to in the book. I think she has put down a very good compilation of material. Its not as readable as a Gladwell book but the advantages of a scientist's POV over a journalist more than made it up for me. Immensely intriguing!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I went into this book open-minded and wasn't disappointed. Dr. Mayer discusses a bizarre topic with the same skepticism I had - hopeful, yet fearful of believing too much, should I lose my marbles completely. Her tone made it very easy to get involved in. Not only does she give personal accounts of ESP, but also dives into the criticism, what experiments have been done, and more. She brings in anxiety in silence, religion, dowsers, and many other things you wouldn't necessarily tie to ESP. My only I went into this book open-minded and wasn't disappointed. Dr. Mayer discusses a bizarre topic with the same skepticism I had - hopeful, yet fearful of believing too much, should I lose my marbles completely. Her tone made it very easy to get involved in. Not only does she give personal accounts of ESP, but also dives into the criticism, what experiments have been done, and more. She brings in anxiety in silence, religion, dowsers, and many other things you wouldn't necessarily tie to ESP. My only disappointment was that the author died in 2005. I was hoping to find more of her work, or perhaps even e-mail her!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aarshin Karande

    Rich as a resource on the epistemology, philosophy, and history of consciousness studies, "Extraordinary Knowing" is, well, extraordinary in that its narrative form is wonderfully effective, simple, and engaging. Mayer has a wonderful ability to articulate scientific skepticism, insight, and ambiguity in ways that renders the reader feeling like a participant in a greater search for the underacknowledged yet banal capacities of the human mind. A life-changing book for me at an opportune time and Rich as a resource on the epistemology, philosophy, and history of consciousness studies, "Extraordinary Knowing" is, well, extraordinary in that its narrative form is wonderfully effective, simple, and engaging. Mayer has a wonderful ability to articulate scientific skepticism, insight, and ambiguity in ways that renders the reader feeling like a participant in a greater search for the underacknowledged yet banal capacities of the human mind. A life-changing book for me at an opportune time and, since, a wonderful guide and reminder of the power of curiosity and skepticism.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Written by a psychoanalyst, but accessible to anyone interested. This book explores a much fuller range of human experience and relationships than traditional research. It provided the foundation for a lot of interesting, innovative research.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Simpson

    I found the personal stories delightful. Unfortunately, the majority of the book covers the history of research on paranormal topics. This was interesting, but my attention got lost in all the detail.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Hall

    This was a very thorough look at psi phenomena, including the scientific studies, successes and failures, and the reactions of the scientific community. Very interesting.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Candice

    Didn't care for it -- too scientific and hard to follow. Didn't care for it -- too scientific and hard to follow.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    A fascinating book that covers the history of, and current scope of research into "anomalous mind-matter knowing." You and I think of that in terms of premonitions, remote viewing, ESP, etc. ("Anomalous mind-matter knowing" is henceforth referred to as "ESP.") The author contends that it is impossible to hold Western scientific methods in mind concurrently with the reports of, and results of testing done on ESP because they are incompatible. Western science relies on data replicated in a controll A fascinating book that covers the history of, and current scope of research into "anomalous mind-matter knowing." You and I think of that in terms of premonitions, remote viewing, ESP, etc. ("Anomalous mind-matter knowing" is henceforth referred to as "ESP.") The author contends that it is impossible to hold Western scientific methods in mind concurrently with the reports of, and results of testing done on ESP because they are incompatible. Western science relies on data replicated in a controlled laboratory setting while a great deal of ESP occurs when the subjects are under great stress - something that doesn't lend itself to repeating numerous times in a laboratory. The author did a fine job of keeping the tone of the book scholarly without burdening the average reader with research methods that would be irrelevant to them. However, this is not an "ESP lite" summer read. It is serious look at phenomena that Western scientific methods have little to offer in terms of explanation. Near the end of the book there is a brief discussion of the possibility of quantum physics to co-exist peacefully with ESP. Don't be deceived into thinking this is simply a dry scientific discussion. The book contains current research which shows that test subjects were able to predict negative computer input 3-5 seconds before the computer had chosen the information to present to the subject.(!) This research has been replicated in laboratories all over the world with consistent results. Other studies included throughout the book contain information just as surprising and interesting.

  13. 5 out of 5

    *Closed*

    I love the manner she explores these ideas in (credible, scientific AND reflective).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    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 and scientific - suggesting otherwise is compelling and vividly explored here. One insight I found particularly interesting is the author's application of Gestalt theory to anomalous knowing. She essentially argues that the capacities of the human mind go beyond logical analysis (and exposes the dogma 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 and scientific - suggesting otherwise is compelling and vividly explored here. One insight I found particularly interesting is the author's application of Gestalt theory to anomalous knowing. She essentially argues that the capacities of the human mind go beyond logical analysis (and exposes the dogmatic bias that exists in scientific circles when it comes to paradigm-shifting evidence... as well as explaining WHY we fall prey to this bias). She compares the use of our human faculties to the way our brains process some well-known images (is it two faces or a vase? is it an old woman or a young woman?) - we can learn to see both images but our brains can't actually interpret both images at the same time. The same appears to be true of logical/reasoning thinking and "other ways of knowing." It's clear that humans possess ways of knowing that don't make "rational" sense (as do many animals) - Mayer suggests that we can indeed learn to think/know in these ways but that we cannot think both rationally and in these other ways at the same time. The best we can do is shift our awareness between the two - and she presents a few case studies of people who apparently have learned to do this. Fascinating read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    After personally experiencing an instance of a phenomenon that went beyond what current science is willing to acknowledge, the author reports on her evaluation as a scientist of the scientific studies of anomalous findings, and how research on such findings that meet or exceed scientific standards are very often dismissed or inaccurately reported. She reports many scientifically inexplicable experiences of scientific colleagues that they had not reported publicly for fear of losing professional After personally experiencing an instance of a phenomenon that went beyond what current science is willing to acknowledge, the author reports on her evaluation as a scientist of the scientific studies of anomalous findings, and how research on such findings that meet or exceed scientific standards are very often dismissed or inaccurately reported. She reports many scientifically inexplicable experiences of scientific colleagues that they had not reported publicly for fear of losing professional credibility, and explores ways science might be able to incorporate research and findings that currently fall outside the scientific paradigm of what can exist. I found particularly interesting the information on the many scientific studies that have validated various phenomena such as remote viewing and telepathy. This book represents the author's exploration of the "paranormal"; unfortunately, she died immediately after finishing the book, so there can be no follow up.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I am currently reading this book that explores the unexplainable experiences individuals have connecting with others in their lives. It looks at quality research done in the areas of "ESP", distance viewing and records the significant experiences of highly skilled professionals in their interactions through a psychoanalist's perspective. Have you ever had a exceptional connection with someone else? If you have, then you will want to read this book. It is full of anecdotes and classifications tha I am currently reading this book that explores the unexplainable experiences individuals have connecting with others in their lives. It looks at quality research done in the areas of "ESP", distance viewing and records the significant experiences of highly skilled professionals in their interactions through a psychoanalist's perspective. Have you ever had a exceptional connection with someone else? If you have, then you will want to read this book. It is full of anecdotes and classifications that are helpful and provide reassurance to those of us who have had these experiences, dreams, intuitive cognition. Unfortunatley, Dr. Mayer has not lived to promote her work and the publication of her work occured posthumously. I would have liked knowing her.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This book was boring. This scientist is trying to rationalize unexplainable things (miracles bascially) that happen to people. She can't seem to wrap her mind around the fact that science and rational thought can't explain these miracles (she doesn't use that word but the events are basically that). She also seems to be really assamed to believe in some psychic phenomenon, even though it effected her positively, because the science community shuns it. The best part of the book was reading about This book was boring. This scientist is trying to rationalize unexplainable things (miracles bascially) that happen to people. She can't seem to wrap her mind around the fact that science and rational thought can't explain these miracles (she doesn't use that word but the events are basically that). She also seems to be really assamed to believe in some psychic phenomenon, even though it effected her positively, because the science community shuns it. The best part of the book was reading about all the wonderful miracles that she kept questioning.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    I liked this book enough to pay a lot of money to consult with one of the psychics she recommended. Upon reflection, I wasn't too impressed with the psychic. That led me to rethink some of what I thought was so great about the book. Still, I found her stories about ESP experiences and her review of the research on ESP to be quite well done. She started out as a skeptic and found herself changed both by personal experience and by her research. Despite being a psychoanalyst, she was a very smart w I liked this book enough to pay a lot of money to consult with one of the psychics she recommended. Upon reflection, I wasn't too impressed with the psychic. That led me to rethink some of what I thought was so great about the book. Still, I found her stories about ESP experiences and her review of the research on ESP to be quite well done. She started out as a skeptic and found herself changed both by personal experience and by her research. Despite being a psychoanalyst, she was a very smart woman with a inquiring mind. Sadly, she died shortly after writing this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    JoEllen

    Exploring the difference between "knowing" and "knowing about." Excellent--advocates that humans get out of their own way in accessing and utilizing what we know and learn to discount. No mediums, no ghost stories, no magic. (Examples our "dowsers"--people that can find things they're never seen in places they've never been.) Just analysis of people who know things that there seems to be no relevant reason that they should know, and a discussion of what lies ahead in learning about the breadth o Exploring the difference between "knowing" and "knowing about." Excellent--advocates that humans get out of their own way in accessing and utilizing what we know and learn to discount. No mediums, no ghost stories, no magic. (Examples our "dowsers"--people that can find things they're never seen in places they've never been.) Just analysis of people who know things that there seems to be no relevant reason that they should know, and a discussion of what lies ahead in learning about the breadth of possibilities in the human brain.

  20. 5 out of 5

    James Reagan

    The book that will convince you that our everyday reality is but a shadow of a larger reality. A subtitle such as "A scientist investigates the paranormal and discovers that it's all true" would not be out of character. Her documented tales of dowsing, psychic readings and psi overall are compelling. I even called one of the psychics she cites and got a mind-blowingly accurate assessment of my life, character, likes and dislikes, past events that nobody else but myself knows happened, how I make The book that will convince you that our everyday reality is but a shadow of a larger reality. A subtitle such as "A scientist investigates the paranormal and discovers that it's all true" would not be out of character. Her documented tales of dowsing, psychic readings and psi overall are compelling. I even called one of the psychics she cites and got a mind-blowingly accurate assessment of my life, character, likes and dislikes, past events that nobody else but myself knows happened, how I make choices, etc. A slender volume that carries a lot of weight.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Redpoet

    Someone I trust recommended this book which is the only reason I am reading it. Most of the book was a plus. Last 20% sort of went downhill. Too much, "what if..." Section on quantum physics was very rudimentary. I am big on quantum physics and wasn't impressed with the authors kowledge and speculations. Actually, I think much more could have been done with this section had the author had more knowledge about quantum physics and Buddhism...amongst other things. Someone I trust recommended this book which is the only reason I am reading it. Most of the book was a plus. Last 20% sort of went downhill. Too much, "what if..." Section on quantum physics was very rudimentary. I am big on quantum physics and wasn't impressed with the authors kowledge and speculations. Actually, I think much more could have been done with this section had the author had more knowledge about quantum physics and Buddhism...amongst other things.

  22. 4 out of 5

    David Wen

    The book present several instances of the phenomenon but doesn't quite define what the phenomenon is. Remote seeing? Mind reading? Clairvoyance? It seems to be all lumped together to the "unknown". It details the difficulties of capturing these phenomenon and in general how to discuss the topics without coming off like a kook. It does make some convincing arguments but really it's just a place to start to further the exploration. The book present several instances of the phenomenon but doesn't quite define what the phenomenon is. Remote seeing? Mind reading? Clairvoyance? It seems to be all lumped together to the "unknown". It details the difficulties of capturing these phenomenon and in general how to discuss the topics without coming off like a kook. It does make some convincing arguments but really it's just a place to start to further the exploration.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura Murdoch

    A very interesting book. I know the human mind is absolutely amazing and some people have been given very specific gifts in relation to the powers of the mind. However, the book was very technical. One chapter pretty much sounded the same as the last I had read. I had a hard time keeping my place in the book. With that said though it was a pretty good read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    Sad that the author didn't live to see her book's publication. She speaks out boldly about the need for the scientific community to give serious attention to claims of psychic capabilities. It made me reflect also on the terrible burden it must be for people who possess extrasensory gifts, who have to hide from others their reasons for knowing something non-empirically. Sad that the author didn't live to see her book's publication. She speaks out boldly about the need for the scientific community to give serious attention to claims of psychic capabilities. It made me reflect also on the terrible burden it must be for people who possess extrasensory gifts, who have to hide from others their reasons for knowing something non-empirically.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kurt Thonnings

    About intuition. Written by a scientist trying to deal with the reality of the spirit realm. Good read. Provides some insights, creates more questions. I especially like the analogy of why we don't 'know' the spirit realm as humans - We can't see the stars during the day, but we can at night. Another book to add to my kid's bookshelves About intuition. Written by a scientist trying to deal with the reality of the spirit realm. Good read. Provides some insights, creates more questions. I especially like the analogy of why we don't 'know' the spirit realm as humans - We can't see the stars during the day, but we can at night. Another book to add to my kid's bookshelves

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan Burris

    I learned so much from this book. I approached it from a point of brain science interest and ended up with a whole new respect for "psychic" abilities. I am not sure you can read this without having a mind-opening experience. The science behind the investigations seems irrefutable. I learned so much from this book. I approached it from a point of brain science interest and ended up with a whole new respect for "psychic" abilities. I am not sure you can read this without having a mind-opening experience. The science behind the investigations seems irrefutable.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    This book was really rather well-written. Though I perhaps would have liked to see more of a personal transformation of beliefs from the author, her still skeptical nature brought an added force to the stories and studies relayed in the book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Muriel

    This book expanded my appreciation of my own anomalous experiences and routed them in science. I particuarly appreciated the chapter on prayer and what we know about its powers. The gook encouraged me to pay attention to the parts of perception that are beyond logic.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    I would actually choose a 3.5 for this read. This book looks at topics that can be uncomfortable for scientists and yet that group is included in the studies and discussions regarding this controversial topic.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tara Faircloth

    this book has forever altered my conception of the world and my place in it.

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