Exploring Frontiers of the Mind-Brain Relationship by Saulo de Freitas Araujo (auth.), Alexander Moreira-Almeida,

By Saulo de Freitas Araujo (auth.), Alexander Moreira-Almeida, Franklin Santana Santos (eds.)

The unsleeping brain defines human lifestyles. Many examine the mind as a working laptop or computer, and so they try and clarify recognition as rising at a severe, yet unspecified, threshold point of advanced computation between neurons. The brain-as-computer version, even though, fails to account for exceptional adventure and portrays cognizance as an impotent, after-the-fact epiphenomenon missing causal strength. And the brain-as-computer notion precludes even the remotest hazard of spirituality. As defined through the background of humankind, likely non secular psychological phenomena together with transcendent states, near-death and out-of-body studies, and past-life stories have lately been good documented and taken care of scientifically. additionally, the brain-as-computer technique has been challenged via advocates of quantum mind biology, who're almost certainly in a position to clarify, scientifically, nonlocal, probably religious psychological states.

Exploring Frontiers of the Mind-Brain Relationship argues opposed to the only actual research of realization and for a balanced psychobiological procedure. This thought-provoking quantity bridges philosophy of brain with technology of brain to appear empirically at transcendent phenomena, similar to mystic states, near-death reports and past-life thoughts, that experience confounded scientists for many years. Representing disciplines starting from philosophy and heritage to neuroimaging and physics, and boasting a panel of specialist scientists and physicians, together with Andrew Newberg, Peter Fenwick, Stuart Hameroff, Mario Beauregard, Deepak Chopra, and Chris Clarke the booklet carefully follows numerous traces of inquiry into mind-brain controversies, tough readers to shape their very own conclusions—or re-evaluate prior ones.

Key assurance comprises:

  • Objections to reductionistic materialism from the philosophical and the medical tradition.
  • Phenomena and the mind-brain problem.
  • The neurobiological correlates of meditation and mindfulness.
  • The quantum soul, a view from physics.
  • Clinical implications of end-of-life experiences.
  • Mediumistic event and the mind-brain courting.

Exploring Frontiers of the Mind-Brain Relationship is key studying for researchers and clinicians throughout many disciplines, together with cognitive psychology, character and social psychology, the neurosciences, neuropsychiatry, palliative care, philosophy, and quantum physics.

“This ebook … brings jointly a few valuable observations concerning the basic secret of the character of cognizance … It increases many questions that serve to ask each one people to be extra conscious of the uncertainty of our preconceptions approximately recognition … This ebook at the frontiers of mind-body relationships is a scholarly embodiment of artistic and open-minded science.”

C. Robert Cloninger, MD
Wallace Renard Professor of Psychiatry, Genetics, and Psychology,
Washington collage university of Medicine
St. Louis MO

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De Freitas Araujo 4 problematic, since there are also many scientists who clearly speak out against the materialist worldview, thereby demonstrating the independence of science and materialism. My aim in this study is to debunk this false identity and to show how it has generated mythical views on human nature, taking as examples the more radical attempts in contemporary neuroscience to eliminate the autonomy of subjective human experience. This usually happens in three steps: initially, some capacities, previously assigned to human beings, are attributed to the brain or part of it; then, a complete physicalization of human nature in general is proclaimed, which is thus reduced to a mere product of the brain activity; and finally, this materialistic view is propagated as the inevitable result of contemporary science.

Who now “knows,” “makes assessments,” “interprets,” “creates,” “seeks explanation,” etc. is no longer a person but a piece of matter (part of the brain). It turns out that the use of such enchanted metaphors, taken as real explanations of phenomena, produces the opposite result of what was promised, namely, a scientific explanation. After all, we must not forget that analogies and metaphors are valid only when, as well as the manifest similarities, the differences are also highlighted. 4 As I tried to show elsewhere (Araujo 2003, 2006), the attribution of real properties and psychological skills to physical objects is characteristic of a very primitive stage of human intelligence, namely, the animism that every materialist wants to combat.

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