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Transcendent Mind: Rethinking the Science of Consciousness

by Imants Baruss and Julia Mossbridge American Psychological Association
Pub Date:
08/2016
ISBN:
9781433822773
Format:
Hbk 256 pages
Price:
AU$157.00 NZ$160.87
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Where does consciousness come from? For most scientists and laypeople, it is axiomatic that something in the substance of the brain — neurons, synapses and gray matter in just the right combination — create perception, self-awareness, and intentionality. Yet despite decades of neurological research, that "something" — the mechanism by which this process is said to occur — has remained frustratingly elusive. This is no accident, as the authors of this book argue, given that the evidence increasingly points to a startling fact: consciousness may not, in fact, reside in the brain at all.


 


In this wide-ranging and deeply scientific book, Imants Barušs and Julia Mossbridge utilize findings from special relativity and quantum mechanics, modern and ancient philosophers, and paranormal psychology to build a rigorous, detailed investigation into the origins and nature of human consciousness.


 


Along the way, they examine the scientific literature on concepts including mediumship, out-of-body and near-death experiences, telekinesis, "apparent" versus "deep time," and mind-to-mind communication, and introduce eye-opening ideas about our shared reality.


The result is a revelatory tour of the "post-materialist" world — and a roadmap for consciousness research in the twenty-first century.


 

Acknowledgments


Introduction




    • Beyond Materialism

    • Shared Mind

    • Rethinking Time

    • Interactions With Discarnate Beings

    • Separation of Mind From Brain

    • Direct Mental Influence

    • Reintegrating Subjectivity Into Consciousness Research

    • Transcendent Mind




References


Index


About the Authors


 

Imants Barušs, PhD, is a professor of psychology at King's University College at Western University Canada, where he has been teaching undergraduate courses about consciousness for 29 years.


His research has been focused on the fundamental nature of consciousness, and he has had academic papers published not only in consciousness journals, but also in psychology, philosophy, physics, mathematics, anthropology, and other science journals.


He is the author of five previous books, including Authentic Knowing: The Convergence of Science and Spiritual Aspiration and Alterations of Consciousness: An Empirical Analysis for Social Scientists.


Julia Mossbridge, PhD, is an experimental psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and a Visiting Scholar in Psychology at Northwestern University.


She pursues an understanding of time, especially in terms of the relationships between conscious and nonconscious processing of events. In 2014, she received the Charles Honorton Integrative Contributions award for her work in bringing the phenomenon of presentiment to the mainstream.


Dr. Mossbridge is the author of Unfolding: The Science of Your Soul's Work and the upcoming mystical/philosophical adventure The Garden: An Inside Experiment.