Mind Beyond Brain: Buddhism, Science, and the Paranormal

October 24, 2018 by lld4a@virginia.edu


David E. Presti

Bruce Greyson

Jim B. Tucker

Emily Williams Kelly

Edward F. Kelly

In Mind Beyond Brain,  neuroscientist David E. Presti, together with the distinguished researchers at the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies, engage in the exploration of how evidence for phenomena—such as near-death experiences, apparent memories of past lives, apparitions, experiences associated with death, and other psi or paranormal phenomena, including telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition—can influence the Buddhism-science conversation. Presti describes the extensive but frequently unacknowledged history of scientific investigation into these phenomena, demonstrating its relevance to questions about consciousness and reality. These new perspectives offer significant challenges to dominant explanatory paradigms and raise the prospect that we may be poised for truly revolutionary developments in the scientific investigation of mind. Mind Beyond Brain represents the next level in the science and Buddhism dialogue.

Foreword: Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Prologue: Deepening the Dialogue, by David E. Presti and Edward F. Kelly

Book Chapters:

1. Scientific Revolution and the Mind–Matter Relation, by David E. Presti

2. Near-Death Experiences, by Bruce Greyson

3. Reports of Past-Life Memories, by Jim B. Tucker

4. Mediums, Apparitions, and Deathbed Experiences, by Emily Williams Kelly

5. Paranormal Phenomena, the Siddhis, and an Emerging Path Toward Reconciliation of Science and Spirituality, by Edward F. Kelly

6. An Expanded Conception of Mind, by David E. Presti

Publication Date: October 2018

Format: Hardcover-240 Pages

ISBN: 9780231189569

Format: E-book-240 Pages

ISBN: 9780231548397

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This book could open important doors for any thinking person today. It courageously provides important philosophical critiques of the dominant physical materialist worldview along with a great deal of well-documented, challenging counter-evidence drawn from all-too-neglected fields of psychological research. It is a compelling read for anyone who realizes that the acknowledgement of the active role of 'mind' (whatever it is, we all have one, and we need to get to know it better!) in nature is indispensable for the revolutionary paradigm shift that science requires to break through its current deadlock, presiding over the great extinction facing our planet and our sentient selves.
~Robert Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Columbia University

Mind Beyond Brain explores the implications of empirical evidence challenging the prevailing view that the mind is simply a function of the brain. This timely book places the issue within the ongoing dialogue between science and Buddhism and reinstates the spirit of open-minded, radical empiricism that has always characterized science and Buddhism at their best. With their discussions of compelling evidence, examined with rigorous logic, the eminently qualified authors of this book point the way forward to catalyzing the first true revolution in the mind sciences.
~B. Alan Wallace, President, Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies

Beginning with the unsettling title and continuing through chapters that take an empirical approach to exploring near-death experiences, reincarnation, mediums, and apparitions, Mind Beyond Brain asks the reader to set aside preconceptions and deeply-held assumptions in order to understand the depths of human consciousness. An engaging read, sure to give a healthy intellectual prod to even the most committed physical materialist.
~Rich Ivry, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of California, Berkeley