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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Hay House UK Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848501668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848501669
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I warmly recommend this book for anyone interested in premonitions.
D. Benor
I would say it's greatest strength is the scientific information, and Dr. Dossey does a great job of making this accessible to a layperson.
L. Erickson
His gently approach to ideas gives one opportunity to stretch one's mind without feeling anything is being forced on them.
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95 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Charles T. T a r t on May 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Although a substantial part of my career as a psychologist has been devoted to parapsychological matters for more than 50 years, one part of the field has always been especially troublesome to me, the idea that people sometimes get information about the future, premonitions, precognitions, when there is no reasonable possibility of them getting it, given what we know about the nature of the physical world.

I am thoroughly acculturated, like practically everyone, to believe that the past is gone, the future is not yet here, only the present moment is real, so time marches on. Sure, we can predict probable things - the sun will rise tomorrow - or things we know the causal mechanism of - the car will stop running soon if I don't put more gasoline in the tank. But then you can't help but hear stories on the order of "I dreamed this really improbable set of events that resulted in my being run down by a green car on such-and-such a street, although I don't usually go there, and sure enough this green car suddenly dashed around the corner and would have killed me if I hadn't been forewarned by the dream and so alert enough to jump back."

The devoted materialist has no trouble with such stories, banishing them with words like "coincidence." In Dossey's new book he mentions the medical version of this: a story that indicates something you don't believe in is an "anecdote," one that confirms your beliefs is a "careful case history.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Steven Cain on May 18, 2009
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"O, that a man might know the end of this day's business ere it come!" Julius Caesar, Act V, Scene I.

Time and other thieves... The good Doctor has unleashed an outstanding contribution to our attempts to understand the chaos of being, and the very nature of time itself.

In a work that manages to be both deeply scholarly and highly entertaining, Dr. Dossey has fashioned a mosaic of strange bedfellows that will at the very least help us to start asking the right questions.

As expected, the book is a masterpiece of research, supported by acres of notes and references, dealing with numerous core topics, such as the block universe, chaos, entropy, repression and a look into the paradox-drenched quantum arena as a whole.

While the case examples are fascinating and well chosen, the book also looks into cases of people successfully acting on premonitions, and the rituals of some cultures whereby destructive dreamed premonitions might be negated and dark outcomes averted.

For me, the book's crowning magic lies in the closing sections, in which Larry Dossey cites examples of how mystery and embracing the unknown can be good for our psychological and physical wellbeing. We do indeed seem to need just enough chaos and uncertainty in our lives. In the same way, one of the theories about reincarnation is that we are not supposed to remember details of our previous lives, lest it bias our thoughts and actions in our current life.

There's an allegorical song by Ani DiFranco called Little Plastic Castle, in which she sings...

"They say goldfish have no memory
I guess their lives are much like mine
And the little plastic castle
Is a surprise every time..."

Good job, given the dang size of the bowl...

Dr.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. Mills on November 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The book started off with numerous accounts of premonitions which really drew me in. However, I think the author did not deliver content worthy of the chapter titles. I agree with the other reviewer that many of the premonition examples scattered throughout the book were not premonitions, rather dreams that provided information about a problem needing to be solved, or experiences that could be interpreted a number of ways, but were interpreted as premonitions for the purposes of this book. Premonitions are often met with skeptism by those who have not experienced them, and I was disappointed to see the lack of substance around the topic. The many awkwardly written sentences and typos only added to the lack of confidence I had in the author's depth of knowledge, thoroughness, and ability to walk the reader through to conclusions based on sound analysis rather than conjecture and rambling speculation. One example is when he talks about the high vacancy rate of planes involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He points out that the planes used in the attack were only 21 percent full that day, goes on to ask if this could have been the result of people avoiding those flights due to premonitions they had about the impending attack, then states it's impossible to know if the vacancy rate was unusual for that day because the airlines won't release the data. In summary, he says the low vacancy rates suggest premonitions played a role in people's decisions to not fly on those planes on that day, but admits it cannot be proven.

I could look out my window and suddenly notice the lack of birds around my bird feeders one day. Perhaps the birds are telling me of some impending disaster?
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