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on November 4, 2014
Helps me understand why practice at meditation and prayer bring so much more experience.

And as a neuroscientist by training, i appreciate this academic look at the importance of spirituality.
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on August 26, 2017
Very enlightehing
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on August 13, 2014
I always thought that science was limited in its enquiry, just to material matters. This book has opened my mind to the possibility that science might just be able to reach beyond the material and into the spiritual realms! That is truly exciting.
Go ahead........ open your mind!
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on August 31, 2014
this book provides a mature thought provoking look into spirituality from the neuroscience perspective and it's ability to be scientifically studied. I enjoyed it all
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on November 9, 2015
Beauregard makes an excellent case for the soul especially in his peer-reviewed literature that backs up phenomenological placebo effects with respected science journals. His arguments fall in the camp of the philosophy of science in defense of human significance. This isn't mere 'woo' or new age word-salad. A very interesting read and something to digest.
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on January 5, 2015
Absolutely brilliant. A challenge to the current fashion in scientific materialism, based on good data, without any religious ranting of any kind. A must read for anyone who has been taught that science and spirituality are incompatible, but who has had numinous or spiritual experiences of great importance.
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on September 29, 2013
Scientists who have allowed materialism and methodological naturalism dictate what science may conclude, instead of following science to where ever it leads, have banged out the drumbeat of "the mind is a product of the brain and all talk of spiritual things is just in our imagination" for many years. But here, and in his Brain Wars, Mario Beauregard shows that science points to just the opposite: The mind is independent from the brain and spiritual experiences are not just some artifact of chemicals and chance. In many ways this book is also about the abject failure of evolutionary psychology and materialistic infected science to predict or establish anything rooted in empirical science. So it is a bit contradictory when he claims "evolution is a fact" in spite of all the failures stemming from it that he describes. More on the scientific failure of evolution in books like Darwin's Doubt,Origins of Life &The Cell's Design. Nevertheless, this is a breakthrough book on the reality that consciousness that exists separate from our physical selves and how materialism has straight-jacketed the progress of science.
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on April 4, 2008
While this manuscript is reasonably well researched, current, and well written, it portrays an incomplete debate inasmuch as it only seriously poses Materialists against Non-Materialist/theistic design advocates. The authors give a passing nod to non-materialists who are non-theistic, but their barely hidden agenda is clearly to move the reader into a very particular belief system.

Had they defined the issue properly at the outset, they would have stipulated the 4 propositions at its heart. There is:
1. No non-corporeal existence and no deity. Materialist.
2. Non-corporeal existence and a deity. Theistic non-materialist.
3. Non-corporeal existence and no deity. Non-materialist/non-theist.
4. A deity but no non-corporeal existence. Theistic/selective non-materialist.

The authors devote practically the entire book to a debate of propositions 1 and 2. They conveniently leave out the many thousands of experiences logged in IANDS (International Association for Near Death Studies) and other world wide organizations that strongly support proposition 3 through far more than just NDEs. And, while proposition 4 may be seen as a logical completion of the paradigm, it has indeed been held at times by cultures throughout the world.

Overall, it was an interesting read. However, one must wonder what percentage of readers have sensed that there was (perhaps purposely) "something missing".
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on February 17, 2015
Perfecto gracias!
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on May 6, 2015
While I appreciate this topic and this writer's perspective, I have been spoiled by Steven Meyer's writing style. This author should have used that as his reference to discuss this very serious scientific topic. Scientific to INCLUDE philosophy and theology instead of the Reductionistic view of science: materialistic with numerous non-materialistic conclusions. He should have defined several topics: What is Self? What is Mind? What is Person? and he should have included a strong and well written out definition of Information! Steven Meyers gave a wonderful introduction to Information in "Signature in the Cell" and I never realized that Information is the Key to so many Science/Religion/Self/Person/Mind arguments. It is essential and paramount to understand what Information is, how it is transmitted, how it is inherent in a system, what is specified complexity and finally how information is processed, which brings us to the Mind.
This author should have spent chapters defining the Brain, it's "known" and verifiable functions as seen by neuroscience and then he should have shown through numerous RSME case studies, philosophy how the Brain acts on information and how the Mind acts on information. This approach would have shown how the Mind exhibits itself as a real "thing" that is NON-Materialistic. So, after reading Steven Meyers' writings, I am spoiled how a Philosopher of Science really sticks to the topic and lays the scientific and philosophical ground work when tackling a tough topic. This book is good but I have found it leaving me very very wanting.
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