Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century

July 7, 2021 by


Edward F. Kelly

Emily Williams Kelly

Adam Crabtree

Alan Gauld

Michael Grosso

Bruce Greyson

Current mainstream scientific opinion holds that all aspects of human mind and consciousness are generated by physical processes occurring in the brain.  This book presents empirical evidence that this reductive materialism is not only incomplete but false. Topics addressed include phenomena of extreme psychophysical influence, memory, psychological automatisms and secondary personality, near-death experiences and allied phenomena, genius-level creativity, and mystical states of consciousness both spontaneous and drug-induced.  The authors show that these rogue phenomena are more readily accommodated by an alternative ‘transmission’ or ‘filter’ theory of mind/brain relations – a theory that ratifies the commonsense conception of human beings as causally effective conscious agents, and is also fully compatible with leading-edge physics and neuroscience.  The book should command the attention of all open-minded persons concerned with the still-unsolved mysteries of the mind.

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Winter, 2007. 800 pages. ISBN 0-7425-4792-2

Interested readers, we invite you to peruse the annotated bibliography for Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century.

Special Note:

Meyers Medal 2020Edward F. Kelly Ph.D., is the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Myers Memorial Medal.  The medal is awarded by the Society for Psychical Research on an occasional basis to those who have made significant contributions to the field.

Ed Kelly has been active in parapsychology for several decades and is being recognized for his sustained efforts to explore the ramifications of psi phenomena for the mind-brain relationship, and the challenge posed by anomalous phenomena for reductionist physicalism more broadly.


“Brilliant, heroic, and astonishing…IRREDUCIBLE MIND has a bottom-line: either our current understanding of the material world is woefully incomplete because we still don’t know how to explain mental powers in purely physical terms, or else there is far more to reality than just the material world”

—Richard A. Shweder, William Claude Reavis Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago