Thinking Beyond the Brain

A Wider Science of Consciousness

Edited by David Lorimer

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Contributions to the debate on consciousness.

234 x 156 mm
Floris Books
Philosophy of Human Life
256 pages
Publication date:
01 Oct 2001


Consciousness is a cutting-edge topic in scientific circles, its precise nature holding huge implications for the future of science itself.

With so many recent advances in brain studies, questions of mind and consciousness have become of critical importance for scientists and theorists alike. Are we ‘nothing but a pack of neurons’ that will in due course reveal their secrets in the laboratory? Or do our conscious mind and self-awareness stem from some dimension beyond material investigation? How, too, are we to account for ‘parapsychological’ phenomena in which consciousness seems to defy space and time boundaries?

These recent contributions to the debate, selected from the annual 'Beyond the Brain' conferences, show that it is time for radical re-think of our theories and methods in investigating phenomena of the human mind.


'The book explores such a broad range of topics from the paranormal, to transpersonal psychology, afterlife, reincarnation, holotropic states of conciousness etc that is is not possible to into them in great depth. However it is certainly a great introduction to some important authors in this field, and fascinating for those of us looking for an ontology which includes more than just the physical.'
-- Light

'An excellent primer on the workings of the mind. There is much in this to fire the thinking of any reader, and it is well worth buying. 7/10.'
-- Fortean Times

'Tremendously valuable. David Lorimer has done a splendid job in introducing the subjective interpretation and in linking the various contributors to create and unified and meaningful whole. I highly recommend this book.'
-- Daryl S. Paulson, Journal of Scientific Exploration

'If your interest lies in observing the wide ranging impact of the quest to substantiate an ontology which includes the non-physical, then the book is excellent.' -- De Numine

'The reluctance within science to proclaim the unbounded, glorious nature of human consciousness has led to more pain and suffering than all the physical diseases combined. David Lorimer knows this and that is why his book is so important. Only someone with Lorimer's vision, sensitivity and exceptional level of scholarship could have assembled such a stunning collection of essays.'
-- Larry Dossey, Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine.


David Lorimer is Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network, an international group of academics and professionals dedicated to an open-minded exploration of the boundaries of science.

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