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Expanding Reality: The Emergence of ...
By: Mario Beauregard - Iff Books, 19.95

Description: Reality is much more than the physical world before us. In Expanding Reality, Mario Beauregard examines a variety of phenomena investigated by the most open-minded and visionary scientists.

These phenomena provide the evidence that mind, consciousness, and spirit cannot be simply reduced to electrical and chemical activity in the brain.

Verdict: Mario Beauregard’s groundbreaking work on the neurobiology of mystical experience at the University of Montreal has received international media coverage over the years and thus here in this truly captivating new book Expanding Reality: The Emergence of Postmaterialist Science, he cleverly, precisely, and yet clearly presents his scientific belief that science itself is experiencing another paradigm change, where upcoming new and excitingly revolutionary implications may come to be resolved as immense.

Within its eight solid chapters, sandwiched perfectly between the Foreward Introduction (written by Gary E. Schwartz, PhD, and who also quotes Albert Einstein out the gate) and the Conclusion (featuring a quote from Freeman Dyson, the late English-American theoretical and mathematical physicist, mathematician, and statistician known for his works in quantum field theory, astrophysics, random matrices, mathematical formulation of quantum mechanics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, and engineering), Beauregard indeed tries to wholeheartedly consider all the research available to him on consciousness and mind-brain relationships.

At all times being open, honest, skeptical even of any and all results, but at no times does he derail from his grounded belief in what the science unfolds before him, sooner rather than later empirical evidence filters through.

Whether you yourself, come the end of this rather enlightening journey, choose to belief that the old materialist paradigm has become too rigidly restrictive and that a need for an expanded scientific model of reality is the acknowledged next step, will ultimately be left in your own hands (or head, of course).

About the Author: Dr. Mario Beauregard, PhD., is a neuroscientist currently affiliated with the Department of Psychology, University of Arizona. He has received a bachelor degree in psychology, and a doctorate degree in neuroscience from the University of Montreal.

He also underwent postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Texas Medical School (Houston) and the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University.

He is the author of more than 100 publications (articles, essays, book chapters) in neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry, and was the first neuroscientist to use neuroimaging to investigate the neural underpinnings of voluntary control in relation to emotion. He lives in Quebec, Canada.

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