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Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century

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Current mainstream opinion in psychology, neuroscience & philosophy of mind holds that all aspects of mind & 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 isn't only incomplete but false. The authors ...more
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Published November 16th 2009 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (Lanham, MD_ (first published January 1st 2006)
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Erik Graff
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Shashank Singh
Best book of its kind I've read.

A sustained 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 p
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carole Brooks Platt
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just wanted to recommend this book to someone who had read another book by Alan Gauld and didn't like it. Irreducible Mind is an incredible resource for unusual mind matters verging on the mystical, or, at least paranormal and, not surprisingly, my fellow goodreader has already read itand loved it!

Chapters 7 and 8 on Genius and Mystical Experiences are incredibly close to the research and writing that I have done and am planning to do. My first book was In Their Right Minds: The Lives and Shar
Leslie Nord
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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.
Max Nemtsov
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Читал значимыми (для меня сейчас) отрывками. Это вполне солидный труд по мотивам творческого наследия Фредерика Уильяма Хенри  Майерза, и он призван вышибать из-под психологии и когнитивистики костыли материализма на стыке "строгой науки" и... ну, научного спиритизма. Видимо, я буду поэтому обращаться к нему и потом. Но вообще действительные взаимоотношения мозга, ума и сознания далеки от тех, какими их описывают нынешние школьные учебники, конечно. Авторы объективно стараются впихнуть в узкие н ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! It functions as a modern summary of the work of FWH Myers (along with others, particularly William James) and their argument that the mind is not generated by the brain, but that the mind supersedes the brain and physical death. The 'transmission' theory of the brain is reviewed, with evidence and arguments for the theory that the brain acts as a filter for consciousness rather than it's generator. He also argues that quantum physics undermines the basic-science foundation ...more
Jul 24, 2016 marked it as to-read
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
May 07, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Laura Clementz
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book packs an intellectual punch! Coming from a philosophy perspective, it examines the broadest of concepts such as consciousness all the way to specific applications. It also challenges which questions the model of current western psychology addresses and which it simply doesn't address. It's a bit of commitment because it's a long, dense, intellectual read but well worth the effort.
Fitzroy Ford
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Challenging but well worth it. Some mindbending stuff. On p513 my brain turned inside out and dribbled out of my ear. Then of course in the final chapter the mention of the work of Stapp put the cherry on top of my new conception of what it means to be conscious.
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Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
Well written and researched, but not engaging enough for me
Jane Rocks
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
By no means an easy book to read but the content was so fascinating I waded through to the end. Very thought provoking
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A satisfying, dense, and methodical book that met all of my expectations.
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
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