Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century
By: Michael Grosso(Author)&2more
Practically every contemporary mainstream scientist presumes that all aspects of mind are generated by brain activity. We demonstrate the inadequacy of this picture by assembling evidence for a variety of empirical phenomena which it cannot explain. We further show that an alternative picture developed by F. W. H. Myers and William James successfully accommodates these phenomena, ratifies the common sense view of ourselves as causally effective conscious agents, and is fully compatible with contemporary physics and neuroscience.
a must-read for anyone working in consciousness studies, psychology and the history of science.--Jonathan Edelman, Oxford UniversityThoroughly scientific, systematically reasoned and courageous... as exciting and enjoyable as it is provocative and profound!--David J. Hufford, Professor Emeritus of Humanities and Psychiatry, Penn State College of Medicinea 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 Koenig, Duke University "Journal Of Nervous and Mental Disease "Irreducible Mind [is] yet another book on the mind-body problem. However, this book is different, very different, from all the rest... In the future history of the science of mind, Irreducible Mind may well prove a book of landmark significance, one that helped spark a revolution in the scientific investigation of the nature of consciousness... In the arena of neuroscience of mind, it is the most exciting reading to have crossed my path in years.--David E. Presti, Professor of Neurobiology, University of California-Berkeley, Professor of Neurobiology, University of California-Berkeley...brilliant, heroic and astonishing ... a scientifically rigorous and philosophically informed critique of various contemporary orthodoxies in mainstream psychology, especially the idea that the human mind (including consciousness and our sense of free will and personal agency) is nothing more than a material entity and can be fully explained in terms of brain processes.--Richard A. Shweder, Harold Higgins Swift Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicagoa monumental work...Only a very resistant observer will remain unpersuaded that a proportion, as least, of all this carefully evaluated data presents a significant challenge to conventional views--Paul Marshall, scholar of religion, and author of Mystical Encounters with the Natural World "Journal of Consciousness Studies "The 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 Sommer, junior research fellow in history and philosophy of science, Churchill College, University of Cambridge "Journal Of Mind and Behavior "Irreducible Mind is an enormous and daring enterprise. Its scholarship is impressive... and made me think long and hard about many issues.--Etzel Cardena, Professor of Psychology, Lund University "PsycCRITIQUES "a sustained, sophisticated, and empirically based critique of contemporary cognitive psychology and mainstream neuroscience... the implications for the study of mind, consciousness, and religion border on the unspeakable.--Jeffrey J. Kripal, Rice University "Religious Studies Review "
||Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century
||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; 1 Har/Com edition (28 Nov. 2006)
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