- IONS Film Project
Other reviews by The Editors
Publications Book Reviews
Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind
Reviewed by The Editors on June 1, 2007
Much of the terrain covered here by Mayer, who passed away just after completing the book, won’t be news to those with a long-standing interest in “anomalous phenomena,” but her skillful telling of it makes all the difference. Mayer’s interest in these matters was sparked by an event that was very real but impossible to rationalize with her scientifically trained mind (she was a clinical psychologist at Berkeley). It propelled her on a rigorous 14-year exploration of everything from telepathy and remote viewing to quantum physics and distant healing. Experiencing anew the wonder of someone discovering for the first time that the world is not as it seems is a real treasure. Her challenge to traditional scientists to take these realms seriously is equally refreshing.