Irreducible Mind? On E. Kelly et al., Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century [Book Review]

American Journal of Psychology 123:246-250 (2010)
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This is a review of a book that tries to re-establish mind-body dualism by using (a) empirical research on near-death experiences, placebo effects, creativity, claiming even that parapsychology should become a respected part of science, and (b) Frederic W. H. Myers' (1843-1901) metaphor of the brain as a kind of receiving device that records what the irreducible mind sends as messages. Among other things, we criticize the lack of philosophical clarity about mind-body relation, and question the book's tendency to refer to past and current parapsychological literature as reliable.

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