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Brain Wars: The Scientific Battle Over the Existence of the Mind and the Irrefutable Proof that Will Change the Way We Live Our Lives Hardcover – Apr 16 2012


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (April 16 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443407062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443407069
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brendan on May 11 2012
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Beauregard's book is a masterpiece of modern neuropsychology and neurophilosophy. Using strongly founded scientific evidence to back up his case he makes an intriguingly compelling argument for the undeniable existence of the 'mind'. Where other books of the genre cautiously steer clear of any overt statements ' instead settling for implications and insinuations ' Dr. Beauregard firmly stands his ground and argues his case, and he does so brilliantly and concisely. This book is an absolute must for any person in the humanities: medical, psychological, philosophical or otherwise, and for anyone who as ever 'thought about thinking'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TetyanaYam on Aug. 2 2013
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One of the best books I have read in a while! It is very positive, uplifting and easy to read. I do enjoy the style of the author as he cut to the point and made things very clear.
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By Jizzler on April 8 2014
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Incredible experiments that tells a lot about the world is changing with neurosciences. However, your life wont change unless you have a bunch of scientists working on or for you! Seriously, who as the resources to biofeedback themselves with expensive prototype machines? But it is possible, but I doubt it in real everyday life...
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating and Exciting Brain stuff! May 12 2012
By Giordany Orellana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Healing yourself with only your thoughts, placebos more effective than big pharma, and influencing matter at the quantum level.

This book covers all of these fascinating subjects, and then some. The book is easy to read and paced very well. It never gets bogged down with heavy explanation, and it's always just enough to keep reading to learn more.

He covers out-of-body experiences, Near-death-experiences, experiments with placebos, the debate of conciousness and the mind, and several other unexplained phenomena that has something to do with the brain.

All of his examples are scientifically backed, and he holds his judgement until the very end. For most of the book, he presents you the facts, and lets you decide for yourself.
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Valuable Book April 25 2012
By eddn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have recommended this book many times since reading it because I think it is important for people today to understand the brain wars going on in our culture, and the implications of the battles. Dr. Beauregard's book is an excellent and well-documented statement that the materialist and reductionist points of view are inaccurate, incomplete, and insulting to the human spirit. Each of us is much more than a measurable mass, more than chemical processes in a brain.

Being reminded that our lives are not determined by the processes of our brains inspires us, gives us hope, obliges and frees us to make wise decisions about how we live, love, work, and play. This book is an eloquent reminder of our freedom and the rights and responsibilities that come with it.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating Subject! May 15 2012
By Dennis Temple - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The author is strongly opposed to the materialist paradigm that would see all aspects of mind as nothing but a series of brain events. Most of the book is a review of literature on different types of metal functioning that seems not to fit that paradigm, such as cases of psychosomatic healing where beliefs and ideas actually change the physical structure of body or brain and not the other way around. He also discusses out of body experiences (OBEs) where people have independently verified auditory or visual perceptions under conditions where the physical body (or even the brain itself) is not functioning. The literature review is sometimes dry, but Dr Beauregard does make out a strong case against narrow reductionism. His own view of the mind-body relation--that mind and body form a kind of unity--is not explained in any detail, but in any case his main point is that we should continue to research these matters with a (literally) open mind.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommended! April 26 2012
By Inge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It's time a book like this came out: a clear review of the evidence the materialist model of science is not able to account for. I highly recommend it to all interested in their humanity!
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Exactly as Advertised, Paradigm Shifting Book. May 31 2012
By MN - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book, well written and chalk full of evidence demonstrating the inadequacies of our current mind-brain relationship theory. I highly recommend this book to anyone in psychology.

The reason this book does not get a 5-star from me is two-fold. First, Dr Mario Beauregard has done much research of his own on the subject of NDEs and has published a paper in the journal Resuscitation regarding a retrospective study that contained an NDE very similar to that of Pam Reynolds. Unfortunately, it was not mentioned in this book which is disappointing to say the least. Second, the book is essentially "Irreducible Minds, Towards a Psychology for the 21st Century" for dummies. The two are quite similar, and as I had already read "Irreducible Minds", I found this book to be quite repetitive which was also a little disappointing.

With all this in mind, the 4 star rating is a mix of how much I enjoyed the book (a 3) and the book itself (a 5) and I certainly highly recommend it!

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