The scientist and the psychic : a son's exploration of his mother's gift

2020, Book , 320 pages ;
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Summary/Review: "The captivating story of a neuroscientist's life with his famous psychic mother and his extraordinary investigation into the science of the paranorma more...
Summary/Review: "The captivating story of a neuroscientist's life with his famous psychic mother and his extraordinary investigation into the science of the paranormal. Christian Smith realized his mother was different in the autumn of 1977 when he was eight years old. Before then, he'd witnessed seances at home and the kids at school sometimes teased him about his mom being a witch--so he sensed that his life wasn't typical. But it wasn't until he was backstage at Massey Hall in Toronto, watching from behind a curtain as Geraldine commanded an audience of 2,000 with her extrasensory readings, that he understood she was special. An only child to a single parent, in subsequent years he would assume the role of the quiet observer, while Geraldine guided a live CBC broadcast of a seance; made startling and consistently accurate predictions; and eventually offered her services to the parents of murder victims in LA. Over time, the high profile and emotionally depleting work affected Geraldine's health and relationships--addiction took over her life, and her son pulled away. Fast forward to the present day: Christian is a molecular biologist at the Hospital for Sick Children, and Geraldine is retired and in poor health. They are closer than they've ever been, and now he gives us the story of her undeniable perceptual abilities and pioneering work as a psychic--and endeavours to make scientific sense of it. Weaving together the strands of a complicated mother-son relationship with research into the paranormal, The Scientist and the Psychic is a fascinating, one-of-a-kind true story of belief, skepticism and familial love."--
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