Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Astonishing New Science of the Senses (Hardcover)

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Astonishing New Science of the Senses (Hardcover)

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In 2016, scientists proved that humans could see light at the level of a single photon. We are living in historic times when humans may look at the very fabric of the universe in a laboratory setting. Around the world, other recent discoveries about the senses are just as astounding. It turns out we can hear amplitudes smaller than an atom, smell a trillion scents, have a set of taste buds that can discern molecules of fresh water, and can feel through the sense of touch the difference of a single molecule.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made takes readers through their own bodies, delving into the molecular and even the quantum, and tells the story of our magnificent sensorium and what it means for the next wave of human potential. From the laboratories to the ordinary homes where these breakthroughs are taking place, the book explores our current sensory Renaissance and shows readers how they, themselves, can heighten their own senses and experience the miraculous.

Maureen Seaberg’s column in Psychology Today was the first to report on the groundbreaking developments surrounding our senses. A contributor to the New York Times, National Geographic, Huffington Post, ESPN the magazine, Vogue, and many other outlets, she has appeared on CNN, NPR, Oprah Radio, MSNBC, and PBS. An avid birder and photographer, she is herself a sensory outlier as a proven tetrachromat or super color seer and synesthete. She lives in New York City.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250272416
ISBN-10: 1250272416
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: August 8th, 2023
Pages: 272
Language: English

"In addition to [Seaberg's] own captivating story...An intriguing story about the power of perception."
Kirkus Reviews

"Seaberg surveys our sensory abilities via recent research, introductions to individuals who have heightened senses, her own experience with tetrachromacy (enhanced color vision) and synesthesia, and speculation on the future of human sensory systems...when it comes to the remarkable (and at times peculiar) realm of human senses, wonderment is inevitable."
—Booklist

“A must-read ... As we move into the future, the insights in this book will be the basis of new technologies in the virtual realm but also give us a deeper knowledge of how each of us consciously and unconsciously construct our own reality.”
Deepak Chopra, MD

"Reveals the potential sensitivity holds for the future of our species.”
David van Eyssen, Producer, Director, Writer, Multimedia Artist, and Empath

“Seaberg shows us how powerful art can be as a way to regain our humanity.’’
Alysia Reiner, Actor and Producer, “Orange Is the New Black”

"Gives a deeper knowledge and understanding of how to make the quality of our lives better by expanding perceptual awareness methods."
Za Choeje Rinpoche, Founder, Emaho Foundation, Tibetan Buddhist Center

"Seaberg's grand tour of the human sensorium expands the mind."
Ian Baker, Ph.D., Historian, Anthropologist, Author and one of the National Geographic Society's Explorers for the Millennium

“For anyone who wants - or already has - actual superpowers, Seaberg’s work on PQ - the human perception quotient - is must-read.”
Nova Spivack, Noted Futurist and Founder of the Lunar Library