Category I includes evidence for which a materialist explanation is often provided, but that could also be seen through a postmaterialist perspective. The phenomena described in this category demonstrate the enormous power of the mind to influence the brain/body (e.g., placebo and nocebo effects; emotional self-regulation; the psychosomatic network; epigenetics). The second category of evidence includes mental events that seem to occur outside the spatial confines of the brain (e.g., psi phenomena), whereas the third category includes mental events that appear to occur when the brain has ceased to function (e.g., veridical perceptions and spiritual experiences during cardiac arrest).
Taken together, these various lines of evidence clearly indicate that we need to expand our model of reality by embracing a postmaterialist paradigm. In the last portion of his lecture, Dr. Beauregard will discuss elements of this emerging paradigm. He will further propose that the shift from materialist science to postmaterialist science may lead us to the next great scientific revolution.
Dr. Mario Beauregard, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist and an author. He has received a bachelor degree in psychology and a doctorate degree in neuroscience from the University of Montreal. He also underwent postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Texas Medical School (Houston) and the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University. In addition, as a researcher, he has worked at the University of Montreal and the University of Arizona.Dr. Beauregard is the author of more than 100 publications in neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry. He was the first neuroscientist to use neuroimaging to investigate the neural underpinnings of voluntary control in relation to emotion. Because of his research into the neuroscience of consciousness, he was selected by the World Media Net to be one of the “One Hundred Pioneers of the 21st Century.” Furthermore, he has received a number of distinctions for his groundbreaking work on the neurobiology of emotional self-regulation, consciousness, and spiritual experiences.
As an author, Dr. Beauregard has published several books, including The Spiritual Brain, Brain Wars and Expanding Reality. In these books, he demonstrates that mind, consciousness and spirit cannot be simply reduced to electrical and chemical activity in the brain, and that we need to expand our model of reality.
In line with this, Dr. Beauregard actively contributes to the articulation of the new postmaterialist paradigm in science. Moreover, he is one of the founders of the Academy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences (AAPS).
You can find his newest book here: Expanding Reality: The Emergence of Postmaterialist Science (Academic and Specialist): Beauregard, Mario: 9781789047257: Amazon.com: Books
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