Mind Beyond Brain: Buddhism, Science, and the Paranormal

Mind Beyond Brain: Buddhism, Science, and the Paranormal

by David Presti


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Among the most profound questions we confront are the nature of what and who we are as conscious beings, and how the human mind relates to the rest of what we consider reality. For millennia, philosophers, scientists, and religious thinkers have attempted answers, perhaps none more meaningful today than those offered by neuroscience and by Buddhism. The encounter between these two worldviews has spurred ongoing conversations about what science and Buddhism can teach each other about mind and reality.

In Mind Beyond Brain, the neuroscientist David E. Presti, with the assistance of other distinguished researchers, explores how evidence for anomalous phenomena—such as near-death experiences, apparent memories of past lives, apparitions, experiences associated with death, and other so-called 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. The new perspectives opened up, if we are willing to take evidence of such often off-limits topics seriously, 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231189576
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 03/16/2021
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 663,383
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

David E. Presti is a teaching professor of neurobiology, psychology, and cognitive science at the University of California, Berkeley. He also teaches neuroscience to Buddhist monks and nuns in India and Bhutan. He is the author of Foundational Concepts in Neuroscience: A Brain-Mind Odyssey (2016).

Table of Contents

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

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