Brain Wars: The Scientific Battle Over the Existence of the Mind and the Proof That Will Change the Way We Live Our Lives

In Brain Wars, acclaimed neuroscientist Mario Beauregard reveals compelling new evidence set to provoke a major shift in our understanding of the mind body debate research showing that the mind and consciousness are transmitted and filtered through the brain but are not generated by it.Following his boundary breaking neuroscience book The Spiritual Brain A NeuroscientistIn Brain Wars, acclaimed neuroscientist Mario Beauregard reveals compelling new evidence set to provoke a major shift in our understanding of the mind body debate research showing that the mind and consciousness are transmitted and filtered through the brain but are not generated by it.Following his boundary breaking neuroscience book The Spiritual Brain A Neuroscientist s Case for the Existence of the Soul, coauthored with Denyse O Leary, Brain Wars makes a powerful and provocative case against the widely held view equating human beings to complex biological computers.Like Jeffrey M Schwartz, Beauregard believes that consciousness is than simply a physical process that takes place in the brain And here, he presents the evidence to prove it Brain Wars will revolutionize the way we think about thinking forever.
Brain Wars The Scientific Battle Over the Existence of the Mind and the Proof That Will Change the Way We Live Our Lives In Brain Wars acclaimed neuroscientist Mario Beauregard reveals compelling new evidence set to provoke a major shift in our understanding of the mind body debate research showing that the mind and co

  • Title: Brain Wars: The Scientific Battle Over the Existence of the Mind and the Proof That Will Change the Way We Live Our Lives
  • Author: Mario Beauregard
  • ISBN: 9780062071569
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Why oh why do I waste time with this sort of thing?The majority of the book, up through chapter five, not only fails to support the author's contention that the mind is separate from the brain, it actually supports the opposite opinion. Even if one takes for granted that the anecdotes about the placebo effect and psychosomatic healing and so forth are true, the chapters actually mention the various neurological and chemical pathways that could explain the effects solely through interaction betwe [...]

    2. The author of this book has also written The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul. Brain Wars reviews studies around the placebo effect, the effects of neurofeedback on the brain, neuroplasticity (the ability to alter the brain’s structure), the connection between the mind and the body, effects at a distance (psi), near death experiences (NDE) and mystical experiences (ME).Beauregard, like others, is taking to task the materialist worldview that permeates ou [...]

    3. Are human beings truly nothing more than "computers made of meat," which cease to exist when the power's turned off? This book takes a look at some of the evidence that consciousness exists in addition to and outside of the brain, and shows that the mind can do seemingly impossible things. Why/how placebos work, what has been documented to happen during OOB (Out of Body) and NDE's (Near Death Experiences). How "remote viewing" is a thing and has been used by the US government.And what does quant [...]

    4. Well documented by a Canadian research neurologist. the point of the book is that the current scientific "materialism" view of the mind is inadequate and that there are hundreds of well researched and documented phenomena that don't fit the current, prevalent view of how the mind and brain and body work together. Interesting.

    5. This really made me think and desire to live in the present. It took me a while to read but was worth it! I have stared meditation practices and have had wonderful results in my every day life thanks to this book.

    6. This is an excellent overview of the key issues and questions related to the current study of human consciousness. Are we mere "meat puppets" or might our consciousness actually play an integral role in the manifestation of physical reality? The author presents compelling evidence for the latter paradigm. Brain Wars is, however, an introductory book, meaning that the questions posed and the topics covered are discussed at a level for a reader who has recently broached the topic. That's not a cri [...]

    7. This is one of those books that I would beg every person who subscribes to the scientific materialist worldview because it is a book on all of the current science that challenges that worldview. If you don't know what materialism means, in layman's terms its the belief that the basis of reality is matter and there is no such thing as spirit. However, as this book shows, the mystical/spiritual idea that consciousness plus matter is the basis of reality is being borne out by the science into such [...]

    8. For a book aiming to "convert" or convince materialists that the mind is independent of the body, it sure did coorelate the two an awful lot. When it there was no way to tie the two in together, the author began to argue that people who disagreed with him were "pseudoskeptics," without considering the fact that, even with the evidence presented, there were other possible explanations for the observed phenomena. This book would have been much better if it were objective, always. There were times [...]

    9. Dr. Beauregard does not hide his wish to believe, therefore this is by no means an unbiased position. However, he makes a thorough review of a wide amount of research that seem to back his point of view. The resulting book is extremely interesting and an easy read. The topics are not fully explainable phenomenon, such as placebo, hypnosis, psi abilities, meditation etc. While there is much controversy about most of them, the fact remains that they are often documented and cannot be explained by [...]

    10. Some fascinating data, but it all seems to point to the exact opposite of the author's conclusion. With the possible exception of the chapter on NDE's, all his anecdotes seem to indicate that mind and brain are functions of one another.

    11. When I picked up this book I thought it was about something else, specifically that neuroscience was overly reductive in some of its claims. It is about that in a way, but the contention the author makes is that neuro-scientific evidence supports "substance dualism" or as lay people call it, the soul. For the first few chapters I was worried about how I was going to review this book, since I thought Beuregard to be very lucid and that a lot of his arguments could very well support a different an [...]

    12. This is an interesting and thought-provoking discussion of how the brain relates to the mind and the body. I am quite intrigued by the first five chapters.

    13. As my star rating indicates, Brain Wars was OK. I found that the book, in the end, did not adequately justify Beauregard's beliefs that materialism is wrong and that mind is separate from the physical. That, of course, is not to say that materialism is the position in accordance with reality. I picked up this book hoping for strong arguments and scientific evidence not only supporting Beauregard's belief, but also arguments which showed that materialism is incorrect. However, that hope wasn't fu [...]

    14. I'm not sure why I continue to read this to almost the end. It did offer some interesting anecdotes and information on the brain but would then spin it to support his proposition that there exists a mind separate from the brain. However, most of his "evidence" doesn't support his conclusion. It seems he began with a conclusions and attempted to shoehorn that evidence to fit the conclusion. There are far better books on the brain with far less of an agenda.

    15. The author makes a compelling case that there is more to existance than materialist science would indicate. There are enough cases of our minds being something separate from our physical brains that it causes me to think

    16. A fascinating and refreshing book on the nature of the human brain (and mind). I found myself putting the book down every so often just to reflect on the implications of Beauregard's views. Interesting!

    17. Great book. Thought provoking. It helped me gain some insight into my own ME. It also a very hopeful book in that it makes the case we are more than the sum of our parts.

    18. Interesting review of the current research on mind over body, not sure if the arguments will convince materialists.

    19. Love the stories of the placebo effect. Perhaps the single biggest reason that CNS drugs are not approved by the FDA, yet most clinicians and doctors try to foil it rather than harness it.

    20. Beauregard has some good data on NDE, but wanders off in other areas with much less justification.

    21. "The scientific evidence you have read in this book makes two things clear: scientific materialism is just plain false, and we humans are not powerless, biochemical machines." (page 213)

    22. Amazing book for anyone who is skeptical about the afterlife, Near death experiences and similar topics like ESP. Scientific data throughout makes it very hard to stay skeptical.

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