Co-edited with Edward F. Kelly
Additional contributors: Michael Murphy, Bruce Greyson, Jim B. Tucker, Bob Rosenberg, Roderick Main, Max Velmans, Glenn Alexander Magee, Bernardo Kastrup, Federico Faggin, David E. Presti, Jeffrey J. Kripal.
Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2021.
“Building on the groundbreaking research of Irreducible Mind and Beyond Physicalism, Edward Kelly and Paul Marshall gather a cohort of leading scholars to consider the significance of extraordinary experiences for our understanding of reality. Currently emerging as a middle ground between warring fundamentalisms of religion and science, an expanded science-based understanding of nature finally accommodates empirical realities of spiritual sorts while also rejecting rationally untenable overbeliefs.
The vision sketched here provides an antidote to the prevailing postmodern disenchantment of the world and demeaning of human possibilities. It not only more accurately and fully reflects our human condition but engenders hope and encourages ego-surpassing forms of human flourishing. It offers reasons for us to believe that freedom is real, that our human choices matter, and that we have barely scratched the surface of our human potentials. It also addresses the urgent need for a greater sense of worldwide community and interdependence—a sustainable ethos—by demonstrating that under the surface we and the world are much more extensively interconnected than previously recognized.”
Co-edited with Edward F. Kelly and Adam Crabtree
Additional contributors: Michael Grosso, David E. Presti, Henry P. Stapp, Harald Atmanspacher, Wolfgang Fach, Gregory Shaw, Ian Whicher, Loriliai Biernacki, Eric M. Weiss, Michael Murphy.
Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015 (paperback 2019).
“The rise of modern science has brought with it increasing acceptance among intellectual elites of a worldview that conflicts sharply both with everyday human experience and with beliefs widely shared among the world s great cultural traditions. Most contemporary scientists and philosophers believe that reality is at bottom purely physical, and that human beings are nothing more than extremely complicated biological machines. On such views our everyday experiences of conscious decision-making, free will, and the self are illusory by-products of the grinding of our neural machinery. It follows that mind and personality are necessarily extinguished at death, and that there exists no deeper transpersonal or spiritual reality of any sort.
Beyond Physicalism is the product of an unusual fellowship of scientists and humanities scholars who dispute these views. In their previous publication, Irreducible Mind, they argued that physicalism cannot accommodate various well-evidenced empirical phenomena including paranormal or psi phenomena, postmortem survival, and mystical experiences. In this new theory-oriented companion volume they go further by attempting to understand how the world must be constituted in order that these rogue phenomena can occur. Drawing upon empirical science, metaphysical philosophy, and the mystical traditions, the authors work toward an improved big picture of the general character of reality, one which strongly overlaps territory traditionally occupied by the world s institutional religions, and which attempts to reconcile science and spirituality by finding a middle path between the polarized fundamentalisms, religious and scientific, that have dominated recent public discourse.”