By Larry Dossey, MD
320 pages; Penguin
Three days before 9/11, I dreamed I was in my kitchen and a jetliner came flying straight at me through the window. As a scientist, I dismissed the dream as coincidence. But then I opened The Power of Premonitions, the new book by Larry Dossey, MD, in which he makes a convincing argument that the ability to predict is real, and that most of us possess it. The spine-tingling evidence includes a reputable study suggesting that travelers tend to avoid getting on doomed trains. (Trains that crashed in the United States between 1950 and 1955 consistently had lighter passenger loads than those on the exact same runs, the same day of the week, during the previous month.)
In another study, 22 percent of parents whose babies died of SIDS had premonitions—with a third of the parents concerned enough to take the child to a doctor. (Only 3 percent of non-SIDS parents had such suspicions.) Still other studies involving more than 50,000 subjects suggest that people are surprisingly adept at predicting the immediate future. Want to cultivate this ability? Dossey ends with a few tips.