IONS Scientist Publishes Cutting-Edge Textbook on the Science of Consciousness

August 31, 2016
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Transcendent Mind: Rethinking the Science of Consciousness

Where does consciousness come from? Many scientists have tried to crack the code, but the answer to this question continues to be a point of discussion and debate. Today, most mainstream academics hold a bias that the brain equals consciousness- so when the brain stops at the end of life, the assumption is that consciousness would also cease to exist. And although this is the dominant worldview, there is growing research that points to a very different conclusion- one in which consciousness does not reside in the brain at all.

In their new book, Transcendent Mind: Rethinking the Science of Consciousness, authors Imants Barušs and IONS scientist Julia Mossbridge, bring forward a post-materialist framework that may shine new light on the origins and nature of human consciousness. In the book they dive deep into the investigation of consciousness by offering insights from quantum mechanics, special relativity, philosophy, and paranormal psychology.

In an interview about the book, Dr. Mossbridge reported, “We think this is the first textbook in the US that is published by a mainstream psychological organization in which the science of consciousness is discussed from a post-materialist stance.” The book is rich with scientific evidence and covers topics which include mediumship, out-of-body and near-death experiences, telekinesis, apparent versus deep time, and mind-to-mind communication. The book can be purchased on the American Psychological Association website or in a bookstore near you!

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