Mind Beyond Brain

Buddhism, Science, and the Paranormal

Author: David E. Presti

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231548397

Category: Religion

Page: 213

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Among the most profound questions we confront are the nature of what and who we are as conscious beings, and how the human mind relates to the rest of what we consider reality. For millennia, philosophers, scientists, and religious thinkers have attempted answers, perhaps none more meaningful today than those offered by neuroscience and by Buddhism. The encounter between these two worldviews has spurred ongoing conversations about what science and Buddhism can teach each other about mind and reality. In Mind Beyond Brain, the neuroscientist David E. Presti, with the assistance of other distinguished researchers, explores how evidence for anomalous phenomena—such as near-death experiences, apparent memories of past lives, apparitions, experiences associated with death, and other so-called psi or paranormal phenomena, including telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition—can influence the Buddhism-science conversation. Presti describes the extensive but frequently unacknowledged history of scientific investigation into these phenomena, demonstrating its relevance to questions about consciousness and reality. The new perspectives opened up, if we are willing to take evidence of such often off-limits topics seriously, offer significant challenges to dominant explanatory paradigms and raise the prospect that we may be poised for truly revolutionary developments in the scientific investigation of mind. Mind Beyond Brain represents the next level in the science and Buddhism dialogue.

Beyond Brain Death

The Case Against Brain Based Criteria for Human Death

Author: M. Potts,P.A. Byrne,R.G. Nilges

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0306468824

Category: Philosophy

Page: 274

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Beyond Brain Death offers a provocative challenge to one of the most widely accepted conclusions of contemporary bioethics: the position that brain death marks the death of the human person. Eleven chapters by physicians, philosophers, and theologians present the case against brain-based criteria for human death. Each author believes that this position calls into question the moral acceptability of the transplantation of unpaired vital organs from brain-dead patients who have continuing function of the circulatory system. One strength of the book is its international approach to the question: contributors are from the United States, the United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, and Japan. This book will appeal to a wide audience, including physicians and other health care professionals, philosophers, theologians, medical sociologists, and social workers.

One Mind

Author: Larry Dossey, M.D.

Publisher: Hay House, Inc

ISBN: 1401943829

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 248

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Imagine a united consciousness, an awareness of which all of our minds are a part . . . and a potential way out of the division, greed, and destruction that threaten to engulf our world. In the 20th century, we were introduced to several subdivisions of the mind: the conscious, unconscious, subconscious, preconscious, and so on. But what we didn't know was that there was another level of consciousness, an all-encompassing, infinite dimension of shared intelligence: the One Mind. This universal consciousness connects all of us through space and time. Even now, as you read these words, you are participating in the One Mind. Emerging studies have shown that the One Mind isn't just an idea; it's a reality. In this book, Larry Dossey shares compelling research that supports the One Mind concept. These cases include experiences of: • Shared thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations with a distant individual • Communication between humans and sentient nonhumans, such as pets • Large groups of animals-flocks, schools, herds-behaving in highly coordinated ways • Acquisition of previously unknown knowledge from a person who has died • Hidden or lost objects found through mental means alone • Direct contact with a transcendent domain through near-death experiences Through engaging stories, fascinating case studies, and brilliant insights from great thinkers throughout history, One Mind explores the outer reaches of human consciousness. In it, you will discover a new way to interpret the great mysteries of our experience and learn how to develop the empathy necessary to engender more love, peace, and collective awareness. The result is a rich new understanding of what it means to be human and a renewed hope that we can successfully confront the challenges we face at this crossroads in human history. With One Mind, Dossey shows that we are not alone, that we are all one.

The Spontaneous Brain

From the Mind–Body to the World–Brain Problem

Author: Georg Northoff

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262038072

Category: Psychology

Page: 536

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An argument for a Copernican revolution in our consideration of mental features—a shift in which the world-brain problem supersedes the mind-body problem. Philosophers have long debated the mind-body problem—whether to attribute such mental features as consciousness to mind or to body. Meanwhile, neuroscientists search for empirical answers, seeking neural correlates for consciousness, self, and free will. In this book, Georg Northoff does not propose new solutions to the mind-body problem; instead, he questions the problem itself, arguing that it is an empirically, ontologically, and conceptually implausible way to address the existence and reality of mental features. We are better off, he contends, by addressing consciousness and other mental features in terms of the relationship between world and brain; philosophers should consider the world-brain problem rather than the mind-body problem. This calls for a Copernican shift in vantage point—from within the mind or brain to beyond the brain—in our consideration of mental features. Northoff, a neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and philosopher, explains that empirical evidence suggests that the brain's spontaneous activity and its spatiotemporal structure are central to aligning and integrating the brain within the world. This spatiotemporal structure allows the brain to extend beyond itself into body and world, creating the “world-brain relation” that is central to mental features. Northoff makes his argument in empirical, ontological, and epistemic-methodological terms. He discusses current models of the brain and applies these models to recent data on neuronal features underlying consciousness and proposes the world-brain relation as the ontological predisposition for consciousness.

Atlantis Rising Magazine - 127 January/February 2018

Author: J. Douglas Kenyon

Publisher: Atlantis Rising LLC

ISBN: 0999509519

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 100

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In this Issue: NASA CONCEDES: PLANET 9 PROBABLY REAL The late Zecharia Sichin, is probably cheering these days. In October, 2017, NASA publicly conceded that, in all likelihood the Solar System has a ninth planet. Sitchin's scenario of a planet Nibiru making periodic returns to Earth's neighborhood to tinker with human history, may not quite fit with NASA's view of a massive body on a vast orbital path, as yet untracked. Yet, still, many of the elements Sitchin said he had decoded from ancient Sumerian cuneiform texts seem to be present in the now favored ninth-planet theory. ARCHAEOLOGICAL SHOCKER: FIRST AMERICANS WERE HERE OVER 130 THOUSAND YEARS AGO The idea that modern humans, or even Neanderthals, could have been present in America over twelve thousand years ago has long been controversial, and discoveries which support that argument have been denied, discredited, or disregarded by conventional science. Extraordinary new findings in California, however, are making the case that more than 130 thousand years ago someone used stone tools to break the bones of mastodons. The intent, it is speculated, would have been to extract the nutritious bone marrow. According to archaeologist Steven Holen, as reported by the prestigious science website NewScientist.com, the evidence is "fairly conclusive." CANADIANS OVER 13 THOUSAND Score another point for 'mythology' over science. For thousands of years, the indigenous Heiltsuk Nation of British Columbia has relayed an oral tradition from generation to generation that its ancestors escaped the harsh conditions of the Ice Age on a temperate island off the coast of Canada. Now archaeologists, once convinced that no humans were in North America before 12,000 years ago, are facing powerful new evidence that the Heiltsuk may have been right all along. TASMANIAN TIGERS STILL AROUND? While public debate over the existence of bigfoot rages on (see Todd Prescott's article on page 32 in this issue), another species declared extinct by the powers that be, is making signs of reappearing. CYBORG EYES In the 1984 movie, The Terminator, a Cyborg--a being with both organic and biomechatronic body parts--from the future, played by Arnold Swartzenegger, searches for the mother of a yet-to-be-born hero who will be a scourge to the robots who rule that world to come. It was all science fiction, of course, but the memorable artificial eyes of the 'Terminator' could turn out to be more fact than fiction. IS CHINA MAKING 'IMPOSSIBLE' SPACE DRIVE? In the race to develop the EM Drive, China may have moved ahead of the U.S. The mysterious--and, some would say, 'impossible'--space drive technology successfully tested recently by NASA, has been converted by Chinese scientists into a working prototype. That, at least, is the claim of the Chinese propaganda ministry. AMERICANS BELIEVE IN ADVANCED ANCIENT CIVILIZATION For anyone wondering how a magazine like Atlantis Rising could even exist, the answer may be found in a new survey from Chapman University. In an October 2017 poll on 'Paranormal Beliefs' Chapman found that 55% of the public "agree" or "strongly agree" with the statement: "Ancient, advanced civilizations, such as Atlantis, once existed." ALTERNATIVE SCIENCE GLOBAL WEIRDING Catastrophic Weather & 'Global Warming' BY SUSAN B.MARTINEZ, Ph.D. Here in Georgia the lights went out on September 11 when Hurricane Irma came roaring through. Not only were they back-to-back storms (Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria, etc.), but in those same terrifying weeks, Mexico was hit with three mighty earthquakes. All too predictably, the hurricanes were blamed on global warming. But could they also blame the quakes on warming? They've tried. ANCIENT MYSTERIES ATLANTIS THE RELIGIOUS Do We Know What the Natives Believed? BY FRANK JOSEPH Atlantis Rising readers have learned much over the last twenty-three years about the geological fate and checkered history of the sunken civilization from which our magazine derives its name. But no less significant were less-appreciated religious convictions that, it is said, characterized the lost kingdom, because they not only survived its destruction but were carried by its survivors to the outside world, where they influenced the belief systems of post-deluge cultures, even to the present day. ANCIENT WISDOM EGYPTIAN MYSTERIES & TURIN'S GOLDEN RULE The Ancient Geometers Were Far Ahead of Their Time, and of Ours BY THOMAS DIETRICH An obscure Egyptian artifact in the Egyptian museum of Turin Italy provides remarkable evidence that the builders of the Great Pyramid, whoever they were, possessed deep insight into the meaning of the Golden Rule. PUBLISHER'S LETTER BY J. DOUGLAS KENYON RECLAIMING THE LOST SECRETS OF A GODDESS In Atlantis Rising #124 (July/August, 2017), author Steven Sora made the point that the 'myth' of Hercules was probably based on some real person who made his heroic mark before the dawn of recorded history as we know it. Steve described a number of elements in the Hercules story that seem to imply it has a factual basis. Homer's tale of Ulysses, for example, has been connected to the 'twelve labors of Hercules.' Both stories feature special links to the stars, suggesting that, in some forgotten civilization from before the end of the Ice Age--Atlantis perhaps--both heroes might have been the same person.

Brain, Mind and Internet

A Deep History and Future

Author: D. Staley

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137460954

Category: Psychology

Page: 101

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This essay places the emerging brain-Internet interface within a broad historical context: that the Internet represents merely the next stage in a very long history of human cognition whereby the brain couples with symbolic technologies. Understanding this 'deep history' provides a way to imagine the future of brain-Internet cognition.

Proteus im Spiegel

kritische Theorie des Subjekts im 20. Jahrhundert

Author: Paul Geyer,Monika Schmitz-Emans

Publisher: Königshausen & Neumann

ISBN: 9783826026331

Category: Critical theory

Page: 626

View: 3218


Einleitung - C. Jünke: Theorie und Praxis einer Kritischen Theorie des Subjekts - Grundlagenreflexion / Methodik - P. Geyer: Kritik des Kritikbegriffs - K. Meyer-Drawe: Zur Doppeldeutigkeit des Subjekts - R. Terdiman: The Subject of the Other: From Alterity to Heterology - K. Röttgers: Autonomes und verführtes Subjekt - Das Subjekt in den Diskursen der Wissenschaft - B. Görlich: Freuds Wissenschaft vom Unbewußten - ihre Bedeutung für eine kritische Theorie des Subjekts - R. Simon: Die nichtsubjektive Sprache des Subjekts in der ästhetischen Erfahrung. Überlegungen zum Begriff der Natur in Adornos Ästhetischer Theorie - P. Weber-Bockholdt: Über das musikalische Hören in Th. W. Adornos Philosophie der neuen Musik - M. Guérin: Visage, autoportrait, portrait (Réflexions sur le jeu des catégories: je, moi, individu, sujet) - B. Gruber: Zur Rolle des Erfahrungsbegriffes in der neueren Literaturwissenschaft. Eine wissenschaftsgeschichtliche Überlegung - M. Klein: Das Menschenbild in der Begriffsjurisprudenz und in der Interessenjurisprudenz - A. Schmitt: Subjektivität und Evolution. Kritische Anmerkungen zu einer kognitionspsychologischen Erklärung von Subjektivität - A. Gierer: Brain, mind, and limitations of a scientific theory of human consciousness - Erscheinungsweisen des Subjekts im 20. Jh. / Archäologie des modernen Subjekts - S. Büttner: Sophokles' Modernität? Subjektivität und Tragik in der Sophokleischen Elektra - V. Ehrich-Haefeli: Transformationen des Begehrens am Ende des 18. Jahrhunderts: Zur psychohistorischen Archäologie der modernen Individualität (Lessing, Wieland, Maler Müller) - G. Mensching: "Urgeschichte des Subjekts" - Variationen über ein Thema von Adorno - F. Spadini: Kulturelles Gedächtnis. Thomas Manns Auseinandersetzung mit der deutschen Identität - Entwürfe des 20. Jahrhunderts - M. Schmitz-Emans: Subjekt und Sprache - J. Leenhardt: Subjektkonstitution im literarischen Austausch - R. Zaiser: Prousts A la recherche du temps perdu: Die epistemologische Krise des Subjekts und ihre Aufhebung in der Leibhaftigkeit des Seins - S. Friedrich: Fokussierungen: Sinnliche Wahrnehmung und ihre Medialisierung in der spanischen Lyrik des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts - N. Würzbach: Identitätskonstitution durch Raumerleben in der englischen Erzählliteratur des Modernismus - M. Messmer: Intersubjectivity as a Way toward Ideology Critique in Virginia Woolf's The Waves - L. Higgins & M.-Chr. Leps : Writing subjects of governance - Woolf and Foucault - H.-G. Pott: Das Subjekt bei Robert Musil - V. Kapp: Individuelles und historisches Bewußtsein in Malraux' La Condition humaine - H. Antor: International Involvement and the Growth of a Canadian Identity in Hugh MacLennan's Barometer Rising - K. Kramer: Praktiken des Raumes: Zur topologischen Konstitution des ästhetischen Subjekts im Prosagedicht Henri Michaux' - P. Geyer: Der existenzielle Ernst des Absurden. Das menschliche Subjekt angesichts seiner Auslöschung - P. Oster: Nathalie Sarraute und Jean-Paul Sartre oder Subjektkonstitution im Zeitalter des Mißtrauens - C. Jünke: Unzuverlässiges Erzählen und Subjektkritik - Cinco horas con Mario von Miguel Delibes - W. Matzat: Subjektivitätsmodellierung im Roman: Eine gattungsgeschichtliche Skizze mit einem Blick auf das Verhältnis von Individuum und Gesellschaft bei Jean-Philippe Toussaint - R. Emans: Personalstil versus Zeitstil in der Musik - Versuchungen der Postmoderne - A. Gutenberg: Uneasy Alliances: The Subject of Feminism and Postmodernism in Theory and the Novel - P. Torrin: De la Crypte aux Fantômes. La transmission historique de l'inconscient - A. v. Graevenitz Der tatsächliche Tod des Subjekts in der Inszenierung seines Kunstwerks als Herausforderung an das wahrnehmende Subjekt - R. Hagenbüchle: Das Ende des 'bürgerlichen' Subjekts: Kulturwandel als Paradi

Beyond the Conscious Mind

Unlocking the Secrets of the Self

Author: Thomas Blakeslee

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595338488

Category: Psychology

Page: 308

View: 9449


A new understanding of consciousness that helps you to better understand your own and others behavior. Your mind is a self-organized team of specialized independent modules that each take control of your behavior depending upon context. One of these modules, the "self-module," is the verbal interpreter of all of your behavior. However this self-module only controls behavior when you are using self-control. Introspection is thus usually nothing more than self-serving rationalization. Using experimental evidence Blakeslee clearly demonstrates the many mental illusions created by this flawed understanding of self and helps you to develop a new, more accurate, self-concept.

Waking Up

Searching for Spirituality Without Religion

Author: Sam Harris

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473508886

Category: Science

Page: 256

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For the millions of people who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. From bestselling author, neuroscientist, and “new atheist” Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the increasingly large numbers of people who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds. Throughout the book, Harris argues that there are important truths to be found in the experiences of such contemplatives—and, therefore, that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow. Waking Up is part seeker’s memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous sceptic—could write it.

Beyond the Brain

How Body and Environment Shape Animal and Human Minds

Author: Louise Barrett

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400838349

Category: Psychology

Page: 288

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When a chimpanzee stockpiles rocks as weapons or when a frog sends out mating calls, we might easily assume these animals know their own motivations--that they use the same psychological mechanisms that we do. But as Beyond the Brain indicates, this is a dangerous assumption because animals have different evolutionary trajectories, ecological niches, and physical attributes. How do these differences influence animal thinking and behavior? Removing our human-centered spectacles, Louise Barrett investigates the mind and brain and offers an alternative approach for understanding animal and human cognition. Drawing on examples from animal behavior, comparative psychology, robotics, artificial life, developmental psychology, and cognitive science, Barrett provides remarkable new insights into how animals and humans depend on their bodies and environment--not just their brains--to behave intelligently. Barrett begins with an overview of human cognitive adaptations and how these color our views of other species, brains, and minds. Considering when it is worth having a big brain--or indeed having a brain at all--she investigates exactly what brains are good at. Showing that the brain's evolutionary function guides action in the world, she looks at how physical structure contributes to cognitive processes, and she demonstrates how these processes employ materials and resources in specific environments. Arguing that thinking and behavior constitute a property of the whole organism, not just the brain, Beyond the Brain illustrates how the body, brain, and cognition are tied to the wider world.