Brain Wars: The Scientific Battle Over the Existence of the Mind and the Proof That Will Change the Way We Live Our Lives

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Harper Collins, Apr 24, 2012 - Science - 256 pages

In Brain Wars, acclaimed neuroscientist Mario Beauregard reveals compelling new evidence set to provoke a major shift in our understanding of the mind-body debate: research showing that the mind and consciousness are transmitted and filtered through the brain—but are not generated by it.

Following his boundary-breaking neuroscience book The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul, coauthored with Denyse O’Leary, Brain Wars makes a powerful and provocative case against the widely held view equating human beings to complex biological computers.

Like Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Beauregard believes that consciousness is more than simply a physical process that takes place in the brain. And here, he presents the evidence to prove it. Brain Wars will revolutionize the way we think about thinking forever.

 

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A neuropsychologist argues that the time has come for "an expanded model of reality" that takes into account the separation of mind and consciousness from the brain.Beauregard (The Spiritual Brain: A ... Read full review

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Q. How did you like the book? A. It was okay. Q. Just okay? A. Let me explain. I earned a doctorate in psychology from a recognized university about 35 years ago, but even then most of this material was already out and about. This book was almost entirely a review for me, nothing more. Q. But is it a good book for others not in the field of psychology? A. Yes, but as Mario emphasizes in the book, materialist psychologists of whatever stripe will contest his findings and object to his presentation. Q. Why is that? A. Materialist psychology calls for the explanation of everything, from near death experiences to mystical experiences, in terms of what is going on in the individual brain. Mario is presenting another viewpoint: There is something over and above the brain. He notes that one researcher, I forget who, calls this mindsense. Q. So as a doctor of psychology, where do you stand? A. Well, to be accurate, I never did use my doctorate for much, and it all ended many years ago. My research, what little there was, had nothing to do with neuropsychology, far from it. That said, I believe that Mario is on the right track. But note I said I believe. Q. What does that mean? A. I think a world with meaning is better than one without. Mario stands with the advocates for a meaningful universe. The materialists stand for a random universe. I stand with Mario, but that means nothing without accurate research to back it up. If you hope for something larger than your own life, Mario has some good findings here for you. Enjoy. 

Contents

A Computer Made of Meat?
Brain Control
Surfing the Psychosomatic Network
Beyond Space and Time
Mind Out of Body
Embracing a Greater Self
A Great Shift in Consciousness
Index
Acknowledgments
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Mario Beauregard, Ph.D., is an associate research professor at the Departments of Psychology and Radiology and the Neuroscience Research Center at the University of Montreal. He is the coauthor of The Spiritual Brain and more than one hundred publications in neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry.

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