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. […]