Understanding where science can take us when viewed without the lens of materialism.
Reality is much more than the physical world before us.
In Expanding Reality, Mario Beauregard examines a variety of phenomena investigated by the most open-minded and visionary scientists. These phenomena provide the evidence that mind, consciousness, and spirit cannot be simply reduced to electrical and chemical activity in the brain.
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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. As a non-scientist, it’s admittedly difficult to fully evaluate the conclusions neuroscientist Mario Beauregard comes to in this review of the evidence suggesting that it’s time for science to transition more fully to a postmaterialist paradigm. But as a lay reader, I found the claims Beauregard makes about the nature of reality, and many of the studies he uses to support those claims, quite fascinating. Perhaps with some degree of cautious optimism, I would recommend this book to those who are curious what science has to say about topics such as intuition, mindfulness, and extra-sensory perception. If nothing else you’ll find the possibilities intriguing.....Ultimately, I finished this book feeling curious and interested to see what comes next..... ~ Avory Faucette (Reviewer) , NetGalley
....... The book is an important statement of a long overdue scientific revolution. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer
.....This is an excellent guide for anyone interested in the future of science and what must be the change to a new paradigm; indeed, what will be the most profound ‘Copernican revolution’ with the greatest import yet for human evolution. The book will meet increasing aspirations to a wider agreement that reality is much more than that presented to us by the physical world. It seems to me that an expanded reality means an expanded consciousness; the two surely go hand in hand, and perhaps are the same thing. The optimism in the title that Beauregard has chosen for his book suggests simultaneously that reality will be expanded, and probably is already expanding, under the influence of the new science. Being a prominent scientific spokesperson for the post-materialist movement, Beauregard is the ideal author to go to for the necessary insights into the reasons for the momentum being gathered by its thought and practice. He is co-author of the Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science, which has been signed by several hundred scientists, and a founder of the Academy for the Advancement of Post-Materialist Sciences. It must be admitted that scientific methods based on materialist philosophy have proved highly successful, having led to a better understanding of nature, as well as greater control and freedom through technological advances. But the almost absolute dominance of materialism in the academic world has stifled science and hindered development of the scientific study of the mind, consciousness and spirituality, says Beauregard. Moreover, significant sectors of society — politics, economics, education, health and the media — remain under the influence of an outdated mechanistic and reductionist worldview which needs to be abandoned. Beauregard hopes that his book, eminently readable and informative, will liberate people from the ‘materialist straitjacket’ and widen the understanding of reality. He says the implications of the incoming scientific outlook are tremendous for everyday life on an individual level and for the future evolution of the human species, for the new theoretical framework changes entirely the vision we have of ourselves, and ‘gives us back dignity and power as human beings by inviting us to develop the various aspects of our potential’.......... https://geoffjward.medium.com/a-post-materialist-science-the-coming-reality-5db2cfaad245 ~ Geoff Ward, Medium.com
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Mario Beauregard’s book is an engaging dive into questions about the nature of reality. It provides a broad explanation of the prevailing opinions in the scientific community and issues a challenge to the materialist view. Mario’s book offers wide ranging information in consciousness research and shared personal experiences which he uses to convincingly assert that the predominant model of reality needs to be expanded. I found this to be an informative and thought provoking read. The exploration of various psi phenomena included is fascinating. I will be thinking about the contents and implications of this book for some time. ~ Josie Smith (Reviewer), NetGalley
"In Expanding Reality, neuroscientist Mario Beauregard presents the impressive body of scientific evidence that our familiar materialistic model of the world is locked into a sadly outdated 19th-century philosophy. Whether or not you agree with all his conclusions, this courageous book will challenge you to rethink how we see ourselves and our world--and may help usher in a new scientific revolution." ~ Bruce Greyson, M.D. , Carlson Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences Division of Perceptual Studies, University of Virginia Health System
"As Dr. Mario Beauregard clearly and convincingly presents in Expanding Reality, science is experiencing another paradigm change whose revolutionary implications may be immense." ~ Gary E. Schwartz PhD., Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry and Surgery; Director, Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health, The University of Arizona.
"Science seeks to understand the nature of reality. But science rests upon many assumptions, some of which are incorrect and have caused science to derail. To help put science back on track, Mario Beauregard provides a clear and comprehensive survey of "postmateralistic" evidence and concepts. Read Expanding Reality to gain a thrilling glimpse of what is likely to become the foundations of 22nd century science." ~ Dean Radin PhD., Chief Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Associated Distinguished Professor, California Institute of Integral Studies, author of Supernormal and Real Magic.
"In Expanding Reality, Dr. Mario Beauregard lays the foundation for the next great scientific revolution, the revolution beyond scientific materialism. The reader is guided through the comprehensive scientific evidence for postmaterialism in a clear and digestible way, emerging enlightened by the science of consciousness. Expanding Reality breaks the chains of an outdated paradigm to usher in a new world in which we understand our interconnection and embrace our divine nature. A must-read for anyone yearning for an evolution in human consciousness." ~ Natalie Leigh Dyer PhD., Research Scientist at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and at University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network.
"In this very interesting and important book the overwhelming clinical, empirical and statistical evidence is shown that consciousness must be fundamental, and that conscious experiences cannot be fully understood due to the current widely accepted materialist paradigm in western science. There is no scientific method whatsoever to objectify nor prove the content of our subjective consciousness. Unfortunately, a significant part of society remains under the influence of a mechanist, materialist and reductionist view of the world, and this has hindered and delayed the development of scientific studies about consciousness. In this wonderful book, Mario Beauregard describes many studies about transcendent conscious experiences, nonlocal phenomena (beyond time and space) such as telepathy, remote viewing, precognition, presentiment, and mental influence on physical systems. He discusses how during meditation or in placebo treatment the mind can influence the function and structure of the brain (neuroplasticity), and that the mind can also change the activity of our genes (epigenetics). He writes about experiences of enhanced consciousness around the deathbed as well as after death, and also about proven cases of reincarnation. These studies support the idea of the continuity of consciousness after physical death. Postmaterialist science is based on the undeniable fact that consciousness is fundamental in the universe, and that it is a prerequisite for reality. We mostly do not realize anymore that the world, as we see it, only derives its ‘subjective’ reality from our state of consciousness. Because it is only our consciousness that is determining how we perceive the reality in this world. So we have to change and expand our ideas about the nature of reality by changing our ideas about the function of the mind, with a better access to, and acceptance of, the ‘higher’ dimensions of our consciousness. This will lead to a profound transformation of all aspects of life on our endangered planet. Highly recommended." ~ Pim van Lommel, Cardiologist, NDE-researcher, author of ‘Consciousness beyond Life’.