Transcending the Brain – At least some cases of physical damage are associated with enriched consciousness or cognitive skill

Despite significant advances in neuroscience, consciousness remains a vexing mystery. Because the qualities of experience seem to be irreducible to physical parameters,1 a hypothesis that has been garnering attention is that consciousness is fundamental and spatially unbound, the brain corresponding to a dissociation or localization of its contents.2At first sight, simple observation seems to contradict […]

Dr. Edward F. Kelly: Consciousness is More Than a Product of Brain Activity

Dr. Edward F. Kelly: Consciousness is More Than a Product of Brain Activity

“Consciousness is More than a Product of Brain Activity”- a lecture presented by Dr. Edward F. Kelly author/editor of ‘Irreducible Mind’ and ‘Beyond Physicalism’, and director of the Ray Westphal neuro-imaging lab at UVA DOPS. In this video, Dr. Kelly presents his research and ideas regarding the nature of mind and brain, as well as […]

Paradoxes of Wilber’s Appreciation of the Trump Challenge by Anthony Judge

Introduction Few with a philosophical or psychological inclination have as yet commented extensively on the significance of the election of Donald Trump. The insights of George Lakoff are a valuable exception (Understanding Trump, 23 July 2016), although he holds the view that Trump won by somehow breaking the current rules of the American electoral system […]

Rivas,T, Dirven A and Smit, R ‘The Self Does Not Die: Verified Paranormal Phenomena from Near-Death Experiences’ – Science Supports the Reality of the Soul

Rivas,T, Dirven A and Smit, R ‘The Self Does Not Die: Verified Paranormal Phenomena from Near-Death Experiences’ – Science Supports the Reality of the Soul

The Self Does Not Die: Verified Paranormal Phenomena from Near-Death Experiences by Titus Rivas, Annie Dirven and Rudolf H. Smit Reviewed by Eben Alexander   True open-minded skepticism is our greatest ally in trying to better understand the mind-brain connection as it is revealed through the extraordinary lens of near-death experiences (NDEs). True skeptics will thus […]

Solomon, S, Greenberg J & Pyszczynski, T ‘The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life’ – How Grim is the Reaper?

Solomon, S, Greenberg J & Pyszczynski, T ‘The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life’ – How Grim is the Reaper?

The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life by Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg & Tom Pyszczynski Reviewed by Beata Bishop The title comes from William James, the worm is death, and the central theme and claim of this extraordinary book is the terror of death being the motivation of all human activity. […]

Casey, J, ‘After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory’, Martin, M and Augustine, K ‘The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death’, Davids P and Schwartz G.E – The Context of Life

Casey, J, ‘After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory’, Martin, M and Augustine, K ‘The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death’, Davids P and Schwartz G.E – The Context of Life

After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory by John Casey Reviewed by David Lorimer             The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death Edited by Michael Martin and Keith Augustine Reviewed by David Lorimer         An Atheist in Heaven: The Ultimate Evidence for […]

Claxton, G ‘Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than it Thinks’ – Busy Bodies make Clever Bodies

Claxton, G ‘Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than it Thinks’ – Busy Bodies make Clever Bodies

Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than it Thinks by Guy Claxton Reviewed by Olly Robinson The work I do as an academic is really rather unhealthy. It involves countless hours of staring at computer screens, tapping away at keyboards, with my eyes and body stuck in a fixed and […]

Barrett, R ‘A New Psychology of Human Well – Being: An Exploration of the Influence of Ego – Soul Dynamics On Mental and Physical Health’ – Ego-Soul Dynamics

Barrett, R ‘A New Psychology of Human Well – Being: An Exploration of the Influence of Ego – Soul Dynamics On Mental and Physical Health’ – Ego-Soul Dynamics

A New Psychology of Human Well – Being: An Exploration of the Influence of Ego – Soul Dynamics On Mental and Physical Health by Richard Barrett  Reviewed by David Lorimer Much contemporary discussion of well-being has focused on happiness, although the work of Martin Seligman in positive psychology has extended to meaning, an interesting comparison with […]