Irreducible Mind: Toward A Psychology For The 21St Century, With Cd Containing F. W. H. Myers'S Hard-To-Find Classic 2-Volume Human Personality (1903) And Selected Contemporary Reviews

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Irreducible Mind: Toward A Psychology For The 21St Century, With Cd Containing F. W. H. Myers'S Hard-To-Find Classic 2-Volume Human Personality (1903) And Selected Contemporary Reviews

Irreducible Mind: Toward A Psychology For The 21St Century, With Cd Containing F. W. H. Myers'S Hard-To-Find Classic 2-Volume Human Personality (1903) And Selected Contemporary Reviews

Current mainstream opinion in psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy of mind holds that all aspects of human mind and consciousness are generated by physical processes occurring in brains. Views of this sort have dominated recent scholarly publication. The present volume, however, demonstrates_empirically_that this reductive materialism is not only incomplete but false. The authors systematically marshal evidence for a variety of psychological phenomena that are extremely difficult, and in some cases clearly impossible, to account for in conventional physicalist terms. Topics addressed include phenomena of extreme psychophysical influence, memory, psychological automatisms and secondary personality, near-death experiences and allied phenomena, genius-level creativity, and 'mystical' states of consciousness both spontaneous and drug-induced. The authors further show that these rogue phenomena are more readily accommodated by an alternative 'transmission' or 'filter' theory of mind/brain relations advanced over a century ago by a largely forgotten genius, F. W. H. Myers, and developed further by his friend and colleague William James. This theory, moreover, ratifies the commonsense conception of human beings as causally effective conscious agents, and is fully compatible with leading-edge physics and neuroscience. The book should command the attention of all open-minded persons concerned with the still-unsolved mysteries of the mind.ReviewThe authors have not only plausibly argued that the empirical and conceptual horizon of science, particularly the science of the human mind, is both capable and in dire need of expansion, but-and I use this strong term deliberately-they have proven it. (Andreas SommerJournal Of Mind And Behavior)a comprehensive review of empirical evidence that questions the assumption that "properties of minds will ultimately be fully explained by those of brains"...Kelly et al. deserve to be praised for their courage and scholarship in dealing with such a controversial topic. (Alexander Moreira-Almeida & Harold KoenigJournal Of Nervous And Mental Disease)Thoroughly scientific, systematically reasoned and courageous... as exciting and enjoyable as it is provocative and profound! (David J. Hufford)Irreducible Mind is an enormous and daring enterprise. Its scholarship is impressive... and made me think long and hard about many issues. (Etzel Carde

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