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Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century, With CD containing F.W.H. Myers's hard-to-find classic 2-volume Human Personality (1903) and selected contemporary reviews

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Current mainstream opinion in psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy of mind holds that all aspects of human mind and consciousness are generated by physical processes occurring in brains. Views of this sort have dominated recent scholarly publication. The present volume, however, demonstrates_empirically_that this reductive materialism is not only incomplete but false. ...more
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Published December 7th 2006 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published January 1st 2006)
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Erik Graff
Dec 05, 2014 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: psychologists
Recommended to Erik by: Mike Miley
Shelves: psychology
This book is not entirely an easy read, but it was worth the hours of effort I put into it as it intelligently and forcefully challenged some of my prejudices.

What the Kellys and their colleagues have done is to challenge, with documented evidence, the prevailing materialist orientation of neuroscience, the view which, in its extreme forms, sees the conscious mind as but an epiphenomenon of the brain, a passive witness incapable of freely initiating action. What they propose as models more adequ
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Z
Aug 04, 2013 Z rated it it was amazing
I'd strongly recommend this for anyone interested in issues regarding the nature of consciousness. (How is it produced by the brain? What are challenges to studying consciousness from a third-person perspective etc.?)

I'm not a philosopher of mind, nor am I involved in any scientific field. I can't review this book within the context of the literature of those fields. However, as a curious human being, I found the willingness of these writers to deal seriously with the "outliers" of psychological
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Leslie Nord
Sep 30, 2014 Leslie Nord rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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highly professional book for psychology and neurology. interesting up date on current thoughts on the science including studies on how meditation and religion affects the body in positive ways.
Aleta
Jul 24, 2016 Aleta is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This book is going to take me a long time to read. It is a dense history of psychology as well as science of the mind (not the brain). I am quite sure if one wants to do a thorough exploration of consciousness this is an essential textbook to begin study. The authors are not afraid to forge into realms that conventional scientists fear, such as paranormal phenomenon. I have found myself, by virtue of my experiences, ready to explore it all with an open mind. I begin the academic aspect of my exp ...more
Shashank Singh
Best book of its kind I've read.

A sustain critique of scientific approaches that try to reduce mind/Psyche to only brain/body functions.

Having been someone who in a recent past life was a graduate student in psychology [luckily I came to my senses and got the hell out of there] I was familiar with much of the mainstream ideas and disputes. They tackled them both from within and without which made this book unique. Within they looked at the internal critiques of this reductive approach from peo
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Jane Rocks
Jan 14, 2014 Jane Rocks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By no means an easy book to read but the content was so fascinating I waded through to the end. Very thought provoking
Jan
Jun 23, 2014 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phew. It's taken me a long time to read because there is so much in it. I had to skip a lot but I think I've got quite a lot from this book. I knew that there is more to mankind than materialists would allow. I think this book goes some way to demonstrating that.
Madeline
May 23, 2013 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a difficult read, and I needed to skim large theoretical sections to finish it in time to get it back to the library, but I still got a lot out of it. Opened my mind to possibilities. fascinating.
Daniel
Nov 03, 2015 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A satisfying, dense, and methodical book that met all of my expectations.
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