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Beyond Physicalism ✻ [EPUB] ✰ Beyond Physicalism By Edward F. Kelly ❅ – Thomashillier.co.uk The rise of modern science has brought with it increasing acceptance among intellectual elites of a worldview that conflicts sharply both with everyday human experience and with beliefs widely shared The rise of modern science has brought with it increasing acceptance among intellectual elites of a worldview that conflicts sharply both with everyday human experience and with beliefs widely shared among the world s great cultural traditions Most contemporary scientists and philosophers believe that reality is at bottom purely physical and that human beings are nothing than extremely complicated biological machines On such views our everyday experiences of conscious decision making free will and the self are illusory by products of the grinding of our neural machinery It follows that mind and personality are necessarily extinguished at death and that there exists no deeper transpersonal or spiritual reality of any sort Beyond Physicalism is the product of an unusual fellowship of scientists and humanities scholars who dispute these views In their previous publication Irreducible Mind they argued that physicalism cannot accommodate various well evidenced empirical phenomena including paranormal or psi phenomena postmortem survival and mystical experiences In this new theory oriented companion volume they go further by attempting to understand how the world must be constituted in order that these rogue phenomena can occur Drawing upon empirical science metaphysical philosophy and the mystical traditions the authors work toward an improved big picture of the general character of reality one which strongly overlaps territory traditionally occupied by the world s institutional religions and which attempts to reconcile science and spirituality by finding a middle path between the polarized fundamentalisms religious and scientific that have dominated recent public discourse.

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  1. Erik Graff Erik Graff says:

    This book of essays the successor to Irreducible Mind makes two basic points first that the physical sciences have not explained consciousness and second that any science of mind will have to take account of psi phenomena some of which are empirically indubitable In order to deal with these matters the authors review and propose a whole host of potentially fruitful models whereby both physis and psyche matter and soul body and mind res extensa and res cogitans might be accounted forThe authors of these essays come from a variety of fields ranging from physics to psychiatry Many are established academics andor researchers Some appear to be autodidacts Some of the essays are easily accessible others for me the stuff on uantum mechanics and Indian yoga reuire a good deal of background This is not overall an easy or a uick readWhat I found generally speaking most distressing was the seeming tendency of some authors to oppose metaphysical materialism with a metaphysical idealism Maybe they simply haven't done much philosophy but such absolutisms are antithetical to science unless of course one is talking in a most old fashioned way of the faith based science of theology and such subsidiary topics as demonology soteriology etcMy take on the mindbody problem is substantially founded upon a reading of Kant whereby the human endeavor is seen as basically twofold namely ethical and scientific When acting one set of presuppositions come to play Another set of presuppositions apply when it comes to understanding As an agent I presume free will As a scientist I look for rules These are heurisms not metaphysical claims I don't know and Kant attempts convincingly enough for me to prove that one cannot know whether things like we humans are essentially free or determined There isn't for Kant a problem here except such as will arise for those seeking absolute understanding Although it surprised me that this resolution received no serious hearing in this book this does not mean that I think that the aforementioned two basic points of this project aren't worth pursuing In fact psychology is compared to physics still a very primitive discipline The two psychologists receiving the most attention in the essays are Wm James and CG Jung James made I think a good start on an introspective psychology but what real research what real science are the Jungians post Jung doing? Not much Indeed there really isn't a discipline of psychology in the same sense as we speak of a discipline of physics or chemistry or biology etc And insofar as some of the essays try to point out paths towards such an achievement one is brought short by the fact that there are so very many of them and none far trodden

  2. Eben Eben says:

    Beyond Physicalism heralds an impending shift of epic proportions in humankind’s efforts to understand the nature of reality and potentially the most significant advance in the recent history of the mind body debate This landmark book provides an unprecedented synthesis of science psychology philosophy and theology approaching the deeper truth of all existence

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