Sharon Hewitt Rawlette Ph.D.
Sharon Hewitt Rawlette, Ph.D., is a writer and philosopher fascinated by coincidences: those strange, enigmatic experiences that are so often personally meaningful and yet push the boundaries of what we consider scientifically possible. Her 2019 book The Source and Significance of Coincidences: A Hard Look at the Astonishing Evidence presents a wealth of research concerning the statistical significance of coincidences, their range of probable causes, and how we can best interpret their implications for our lives.
For Dr. Rawlette, apparent "coincidences" open a window into the hidden powers of the human mind, powers that generally become obvious only at moments of deep personal crisis. She believes that, by studying these fleeting glimpses of our connection to an underlying conscious reality, we can get into better touch with who we truly are and what we are meant to do with our lives. We can also begin to see how the world we are part of is more meaningful and orderly than the mechanistic paradigm of the last few centuries has allowed us to fathom.
Dr. Rawlette has written several personal essays on the topics of relationships, spirituality, and the environment, which have appeared in Salon and Orion, among other places. She has also explored the intersection of metaphysics and ethics in her scholarly book The Feeling of Value: Moral Realism Grounded in Phenomenal Consciousness (2016).
Dr. Rawlette earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from New York University in 2008 and wrote her dissertation at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. She was Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Ethics at Brandeis University before launching her freelance writing career.