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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]

Mario Beauregard
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April 16 2012

These profound questions have provoked considerable debate throughout history and have over several centuries led cultures to develop beliefs about human nature, immortality and the afterlife. Scientists working under the presumption that matter is all that exists have concluded that consciousness can be seen as simply a collection of nerve cells in the brain. That is, there is no separation between consciousness or the mind—who we are—and the function of brain.

Dr. Beauregard disagrees. He asserts that multiple lines of hard evidence reveal that consciousness is transmitted and filtered through the brain but is not generated by the brain. This controversial theory turns accepted science on its head by showing how mental events exist outside of the brain and, further, how these events can significantly influence the functioning of our brains and our bodies. In other words, humans are more than complex biological machines. The fact that our minds function apart from our brains invites a whole new understanding of the universe.

Filled with the latest scientific research and remarkable stories of the mind’s incredible abilities, Brain Wars is a page-turning, paradigm-shifting work. The evidence can no longer be ignored, and Dr. Beauregard introduces a major shift in our understanding of the age-old mind/body debate. Our consciousness transcends the material world, and this new understanding has profound social, moral and spiritual implications for the future.


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Brain Wars explains why the prevailing brain-mind paradigm is falling apart and why we are increasingly being forced to reconsider the nature of consciousness. The consequences of this paradigm shift are profound, and Mario Beauregard does a magnificent job in explaining why.” (Dean Radin PhDCo-Editor-in-Chief, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing Senior Scientist Institute of Noetic Sciences)

“Mario Beauregard shows convincingly that the materialistic philosophy of the 19th century is an impoverished framework incompatible with contemporary science, from physics to psychology. The concepts he develops in Brain Wars are required reading for scientific literacy in today’s world.” (Bruce Greyson, M.D. Research psychiatrist, University of Virginia. Co-author of Irreducible Mind)

“In this ground-breaking work, neuroscientist Mario Beauregard cites a range of scientific studies challenging many widely held materialistic assumptions about the relation between the mind and brain.” (B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D.President, Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies)

“The assumption that the brain makes consciousness, like the liver makes bile, and that human consciousness is confined to the brain and body, will not endure because it is unscientific, and cannot account for how consciousness manifests in the world. In this important book, Dr. Mario Beauregard shows why.” (Larry Dossey, MDAuthor of Reinventing Medicine and The Power of Premonitions)

“Dr. Beauregard describes that our mind/consciousness has a fundamental and irreducible nature, and that it sometimes can be experienced independently from the body because it is not limited to our brain. Brain Wars clearly announces the end of physicalism, reductionism, materialism and objectivism in science.” (Pim van Lommel, cardiologist, author of Consciousness beyond Life)

Provocative and accessible, this book is ultimately less about hard science and more about the mind-body problem and philosophy of materialistic science. (Library Journal)

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A Neuroscientist Offers Evidence of Where the Brain Ends and Consciousness Begins


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metacognitive sustenance May 11 2012
By Brendan
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! Aug. 2 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Science April 8 2014
By Jizzler
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 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!
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommanded!! A must read for all those interested in Consciousness and real scientific researches!! May 16 2012
By brunioc - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In Brain Wars, his excellent second book, Mario Beauregard, author of The Spiritual Brain, continues to inform us on new scientific researches and proofs of an important paradigm shift happening right now, despite the integrism-like reactions of the materialists and pseudo-skeptics who would like us to subscribe to their own form of mythic religion called scientism. Well-documented with scientific evidence and sound facts on hypnosis, psy, neurofeedback, placebo/nocebo effect and near-death and mystical experiences, Beauregard explains why brain and mind are different and cannot be reduced to fit the creed, beliefs and dogmas of those gods of flatland! He finally brilliantly exposes the weaknesses of the materialist and reductionist's philosophy of those gurus of scientism!
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