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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: 16.5 x 2.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #236,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The brain can be weighed, measured, scanned, dissected, and studied. The mind that we conceive to be generated by the brain, however, remains a mystery. It has no mass, no volume, and no shape, and it cannot be measured in space and time. Yet it is as real as neurons, neurotransmitters, and synaptic junctions. It is also very powerful.
—from Brain Wars

Is the brain "a computer made of meat," and human consciousness a simple product of electrical impulses? The idea that matter is all that exists has dominated science since the late nineteenth century and led to the long-standing scientific and popular understanding of the brain as simply a collection of neurons and neural activity. But for acclaimed neuroscientist Mario Beauregard, Ph.D., along with a rising number of colleagues and others, this materialist-based view clashes with what we feel and experience every day.

In Brain Wars, Dr. Beauregard delivers a paradigm-shifting examination of the role of the brain and mind. Filled with engaging, surprising, and cutting-edge scientific accounts, this eye-opening book makes the increasingly indisputable case that our immaterial minds influence what happens in our brains, our bodies, and even beyond our bodies. Examining the hard science behind "unexplained" phenomena such as the placebo effect, self-healing, brain control, meditation, hypnosis, and near-death and mystical experiences, Dr. Beauregard reveals the mind's capabilities and explores new answers to age-old mind-body questions.

Radically shifting our comprehension of the role of consciousness in the universe, Brain Wars forces us to consider the immense untapped power of the mind and explore the profound social, moral, and spiritual implications that this new understanding holds for our future.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa2317558) out of 5 stars 49 reviews
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2628bc4) 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.
27 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa262aa98) 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.
30 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa262afd8) out of 5 stars Is it (really) a white crow? April 20 2014
By Reader - Published on Amazon.com
This entire book reflects a logical fallacy. The author quotes William James's maxim that "[i]f you wish to upset the law that all crows are black, you must not [that is, need not] seek to show that no crows are, it is enough if you prove the single crow to be white." James was right. The problem is that nothing in this book really proves a single crow to be white.

Anomalous cases, even some very interesting double-blind experiments, which the current state of scientific knowledge arguably cannot explain, call for further research, thought, and investigation; they don't prove tendentious conclusions. They don't, without more, prove the existence of the single white crow.

To cite just one example, the author describes (Ch. 7) the case of Pam Reynolds. She reportedly had a near-death experience in which, while clinically brain dead, she saw, heard, and otherwise sensed certain events. She remembered them upon being revived. The events she said she sensed could also be empirically, independently verified by others. This is indeed fascinating if it's true. To my knowledge, it cannot be explained by current, general consensus scientific views, e.g., about the dependence of mental events upon physical events in the brain. But we cannot therefore draw the conclusion that, as Huxley and some others believed, the mind acts as a filter for a transcendental unified consciousness, or that life and perception survive brain death. These are hypotheses.

True, it would be dogmatic to dismiss these cases because they can't be explained by a materialistic worldview. Further evidence of this sort might well require that we revise that worldview. The author's right to critique *dogmatic* skepticism. Dogmatic materialism is as bad as any other dogma. But 90%+ of scientists are not believers in materialism, or the dependence of mental upon physical events in the brain, based on blind faith or dogma; it's a question of the weight of the evidence. A genuine scientist would indeed remain open-minded to the kind of evidence the author relates. That surely does not mean they must accept the author's conclusions.

The way empirical data, including double-blind experiments, prove a hypothesis is by establishing more than that the data would explain a given phenomenon. The data must show that it genuinely *does* explain that phenomenon either (1) to the exclusion of other proposed hypotheses, or at least (2) better, which is to say more consistently and logically, than other hypotheses.

In other words, if one person says she saw a white crow, but everyone else has seen only black crows, presumably we should ask questions like: Did the person really see a white crow? Or can the anomalous events be explained by an equally compelling hypothesis that would also explain why others have only seen black crows? Perhaps the white crow was an albino of sorts. Or perhaps the person's eyes were defective. Or perhaps the person lied. And so forth. This is true even if hundreds of people over the course of history claim to have seen white crows (and even if a handful of double-blind experiments are consistent with the existence of white crows) -- because trillions of others throughout history have not seen white crows, and most double-blind experiments do not validate white crows. That doesn't mean none exist. It does mean scientists justifiably remain skeptical about their existence at present, i.e., given everything else we currently know based on the scientific method.

Yes, there are many reported cases of apparent near-death, out-of-body, mystical, psychic and other experiences. For the sake of argument at least, let's grant that there're too many, or at least enough, of these "white crows," such that it would be misguided to dismiss, without further investigation, the existence of white crows as "pure nonsense" -- that is, it would be misguided to dismiss them merely because they're inconsistent with the best current scientific worldview based on the rest of the evidence and research to date. But the case of Pam Reynolds is fascinating, if true, precisely because it's inconsistent with the rest of what we think we know.

What the author has done is report many very interesting case studies, and the results of some -- perhaps well-designed (I'm in no position to judge) -- experiments. These seem to me compelling enough to call for further research and to counsel an open mind. But they don't show that the white crows were really white.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa262af54) out of 5 stars Confusing effect with cause Oct. 21 2015
By a badly positioned hole near centre of chariot wheel - Published on Amazon.com
Wittgensein said, "How would it look if the earth revolved around the sun"? We can never say. The illusion of the sun orbiting the Earth is so solid. We can see it!

The same can be asked about the brain.

What would it looked like if consciousness was outside the brain. We can never say. The illusion of a brain producing consciousness is solid. We can see it!

We see neurons firing and argue that the firing makes consciousness.

But we never say this about electricity. We never say that lightning causes atmospheric pressure, rather, we say that atmospheric pressure causes the lightning.

So does consciousness cause the neurons to fire rather than neurons firing causes consciousness?

The same can be said about the science of combustion. Combustion causes fire. We never say that fire causes combustion.

So claiming neurons cause consciousness is the wrong way round. The way combustion causes fire and the way atmospheric pressure causes lightning, consciousness causes neurons to fire.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa24f736c) out of 5 stars Powerful Scientific Proof for the Mind's Independence July 29 2013
By OtherWorlds&Wisdom - Published on Amazon.com
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There has been a concerted effort to squash and ignore the evidence that the mind is separate from the brain. Why? Because this fact is contrary to the personal beliefs of many scientists. Schooled in naturalism and materialism, an independent mind doesn't fit what they were taught to be true. Yet their "proofs" against it are weak and selective. Brain Wars reveals the clear evidence that the mind does not spring from the brain. Very readable and accessible, yet full of science. Materialistic explanations continue to fall under the knife of science. For more on the collapse of naturalism-materialistic infected science, see Signature in the Cell, Darwin's Doubt, The Cell's Design and Creating Life in the Lab.