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Mental Pioneers Shared a Belief in Human Potential

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One spent his life investigating how we think, and the other taught us how what we think can improve our lives. This weekend we lost two major non-fiction authors, both pioneers in their respective fields, neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks and self-help guru Dr. Wayne Dyer. Dyer was a passionate extrovert, a regular on the talk show circuit in the 1970s and 80s, and close friends with celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra and Ellen DeGeneres. After a childhood spent in an orphanage, he became a guidance counselor, and then went on to earn a doctorate of education in counseling. His first book was Your Erroneous Zones (initially published by Funk & Wagnalls, 1976), and originally, Dyer sold copies of…

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