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.

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 Sphinx and the Rainbow

Brain, Mind and Future Vision

Author: David Loye

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0966551478

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

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The Sphinx and the Rainbow explores how the frontal brain may interact with the right and left brain in forecasting the future, how the new psychophysics may explain old questions about mind-brain relationships and the mystifying phenomena of precognitions. Loye’s book comprises a historic synthesis - of neuropsychology, psychology, parapsychology and physics. His book is a pioneering attempt to put together a coherent picture of the predicting mind.

Lost Sons (Harbingers, Vol. 1)

Author: Michael R.E. Adams

Publisher: Enchanted Cipher


Category: Fiction

Page: 264

View: 8691


A corporation will invent mankind's saviors...superheroes. Thomas Saionji is captain of the Harbingers. His team will undergo the treatments that could grant them special gifts. However, a dark superpower already exists and targets a teammate, August Ellington. His team is forced into battle before they are ready, and Tommy may lose his comrade before fully understanding how he feels about him. August Ellington is the original "sympath," a being born with the genetic markers for superhero potential. He and his brothers are GenZero, CrossTech's third attempt at an extrahuman species. As the mysterious being attacks his team to reach him, August discovers his power. It could save humankind but cause his own ruin. Can he find happiness as his own person, or can he only be a tool for destruction? Harbingers is an SFF superhero thriller for fans of the X-Men and other Marvel superheroes. A diverse group of young people struggle with their personal issues and face off against enemies in action-packed superheroics. They may be extraordinary, but their flaws make them all too human.

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.

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.

Beyond the Brain

How Body and Environment Shape Animal and Human Minds

Author: Louise Barrett

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691165564

Category: Psychology

Page: 288

View: 3561


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.

Beyond a World Divided

Author: Erika Erdmann,David Stover

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595160379

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 232

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Thinkers as diverse as C.P. Snow, J. Bronowski, and Carl Sagan have described the rift between the “two cultures” of science and the humanities as the greatest barrier to solving the many problems threatening today’s world. During the last two decades of his life, Nobel laureate Roger W. Sperry – best known for his pioneering split-brain studies that highlighted the differing aptitudes of the two hemispheres of the human brain – turned his energies to this dilemma. Sperry’s ideas about consciousness challenged the behaviorist orthodoxy that prevailed in psychology in the 1950s and ’60s, and provided a way of understanding the relationship between brain and mind that not only more accurately reflected reality, but also promised a reconciliation between the conflicting claims of hard-edged objective fact and the realm of human emotion and subjective experience. Beyond A World Divided chronicles the neuroscientist’s groundbreaking research, his efforts to refine and win acceptance for his ideas, and his struggle to advance his work despite the onslaught of the degenerative nerve disease that eventually killed him. The book concludes by surveying the debate in the psychological and philosophical communities about the impact of Sperry’s ideas – a debate which still continues.

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.

Mind Beyond Matter

How the Non-material Self Can Explain the Phenomenon of Consciousness and Complete Our Understanding of Reality.

Author: Gavin Rowland

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780994150257

Category: Philosophy

Page: 360

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What if it turned out that we weren't just bodies with brains, but embodied souls, and that this explained a whole lot about our psychology and reality as a whole?Cosmologists now agree that two thirds of the universe is invisible and non-material. They call this invisible substance dark energy. Dark energy offers new opportunities for the investigation of the age-old question of the nature of mind. The problem is, the mind sciences haven't yet caught up with the possibilities of this new cosmology and are still trying, unsuccessfully, to prove that the mind is a product of the material brain. In Mind Beyond Matter, Dr Gavin Rowland tackles perhaps the greatest scientific mystery of all - the problem of consciousness. He analyses the subject in depth and finds convincing evidence that the mind is a non-material thing. In the process, he develops a new science of the non-material, and a new understanding of the mind, of mental illness, of spirituality and of God. Dr Rowland is a General Medical Practitioner with a special interest in Mental Health.