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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.
Amply documented by hundreds of scientific experiences, this book challenges the materialistic worldview that proposes that all life, all consciousness, all meaning and human... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jimf1117
Mind vs. brain has been one of the raging battles between believers and non-believers. Atheists believe that the mind is simply the electrical impulses going back and forth in our... Read morePublished 5 months ago by bronx book nerd
Are human beings truly nothing more than "computers made of meat," which cease to exist when the power's turned off? Read morePublished 6 months ago by Beverly Diehl
I first read Mario Beauregard's BRAIN WARS after working through Anthony Pagden's impressive THE ENLIGHTENMENT: AND WHY IT STILL MATTERS. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robert R.
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]... Read morePublished 8 months ago by A reader
I like the scientific and unemotional way that the author examines the pro's and the con's, and provides solid empirical proof for his conclusions.
It's a real eye-opener!
For those that study the brain...or have been injured in any way...this
book goes beyond medical science and reaches a realm that one must take to heart
and try to... Read more
I was so hopeful that this scientist could explain something about the mind-body question, but he does not. Read morePublished 19 months ago by R. PD Vanderkam