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Dr Mario Beauregard's books

Several scientists still equate scientific materialism with science itself. According to the scientific materialist ideology, everything is composed of collections of material particles, and all that we experience—including our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, intentions, sense of self, and spiritual insights—results from firing neurons in our brains.

These scientists seem oblivious to the fact that scientific materialism is only rooted in beliefs without proof. Like fundamentalists, the most zealous of them attempt to convert fellow scientists and laypeople, spreading their ideology across all sectors of society. Clinking to the limited view that the physical world is the only reality, these materialist scientists reject a priori evidences that challenge their creed. In BRAIN WARS, acclaimed neuroscientist Mario Beauregard carefully examines such evidence. He reviews scientific studies indicating that our thoughts, beliefs and emotions influence what is happening in our brains and bodies and play a key role in our health and well-being. Dr. Beauregard also presents evidence showing that our minds can sometimes affect events occurring outside the confines of our bodies, and receive meaningful information without the use of ordinary senses in ways that transcend the habitual space and time constraints. Furthermore, he examines studies suggesting that we can have veridical perceptions—corroborated by independent witnesses—during out-of-body experiences triggered by a cardiac arrest, and that we can have access consciously to other realms of reality, even when the brain is apparently not functioning.

The belief that the mind does not exist apart from the brain dominated the twentieth century. But can we really dismiss our thoughts and feelings, or furthermore, our religious and spiritual experiences as simply outcomes of the firing synapses of our brain? In The Spiritual Brain, authors Dr. Mario Beauregard and Denyse O’Leary present the groundbreaking evidence that the mind cannot be simply reduced to physiological reactions in the brain.
 

Most neuroscientists are committed to the view that mystical experiences are simply the result of random neurons firing, or “delusions created by the brain.” The Spiritual Brain takes another approach, powerfully arguing for what many in science are unwilling to consider—that people actually contact a reality outside themselves during intense spiritual experiences. Beauregard uses the most sophisticated technology to peer inside the brains of Carmelite during a profound spiritual state. His results and a variety of other lines of evidence lead him to the surprising conclusion that spiritual experiences are not a figment of the mind or a delusion produced by a dysfunctional brain.