Friday, December 09, 2011   2:39 PM

Book release: Exploring Frontiers of the Mind-Brain Relationship

Dear colleague,

 

I’m very pleased in letting you know that our book has just been published!

Exploring Frontiers of the Mind-Brain Relationship

Moreira-Almeida, Alexander; Santana Santos, Franklin (Eds.)

New York, Springer. 2012, XXIX, 243 p.

This work argues against the purely physical analysis of consciousness and for a balanced psychobiological approach. This thought-provoking volume bridges philosophy of mind with science of mind to empirically examine transcendent phenomena, such as mystic states, near-death experiences and past-life memories, that have confounded scientists for decades. Representing disciplines ranging from philosophy and history to neuroimaging and physics, and boasting a panel of 15 expert scientists and physicians from six countries, including Andrew Newberg, Peter Fenwick, Carlos Alvarado, Erlendur Haraldsson, Robert Almeder, Stuart Hameroff, Mario Beauregard, Deepak Chopra, and Chris Clarke the book rigorously follows several lines of inquiry into mind-brain controversies, challenging readers to form their own conclusions—or reconsider previous ones. It is essential reading for researchers and clinicians across many disciplines, including cognitive psychology, personality and social psychology, the neurosciences, neuropsychiatry, palliative care, philosophy, and quantum physics.

 

“This book … brings together some precious observations about the fundamental mystery of the nature of consciousness … It raises many questions that serve to invite each of us to be more aware of the uncertainty of our preconceptions about consciousness … This book on the frontiers of mind-body relationships is a scholarly embodiment of creative and open-minded science.”

C. Robert Cloninger, MD

Wallace Renard Professor of Psychiatry, Genetics, and Psychology. Washington University School of Medicine, USA.

 

“This is really a thorough and up-to-date study of so-called anomalous spiritual phenomena. (…) I recommend this book to all psychiatrists, as well as professionals in theology and psychology of religion.”

Peter J. Verhagen, MD

Chair of the World Psychiatric Association Section on Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry.

 

“Although dogmatic materialism is the monarch of contemporary Western philosophy and science, contributors to this splendid book remind me of the brash lad in the classic fable who shouted, ‘But the emperor has no clothes!’ Some readers will agree with this observation while others will find it an outrageous heresy. But as they wend their way through each articulately stated and meticulously argued chapter, they will never succumb to boredom. It is the type of book that will haunt its readers long after the last chapter is read.”

Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, Saybrook University, USA.

 

“(…) provide a cogent and scientifically based discussion that evidences that mind-brain relationships are far from definitely ‘explained’ or obvious as a number of materialist authors have opined recently.”

Etzel Cardeña, Ph.D.

Thorsen Professor, Lund University, Sweden.

 

The book’s table of contents, with a “look inside”, option is available at:

http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-1-4614-0646-4/contents/

 

Book flyer with a discount price.

 

A full day workshop promoted by several of the book’s contributors will take place at the2012 Toward a Science of Consciousness. April 9-14, 2012. Tucson, Arizona, USA.
 

I would appreciate very much your comments and thoughts about the book and its subject.

 

All the very best,

 

Alexander Moreira-Almeida

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