Few people, including scientists, realize that materialist science is based on a few philosophical assumptions which constitute the central elements of what has been called the modern scientific worldview.
This article, care of Dr Mario Beauregard who presented at Happiness & Its Causes 2013, attempts to show that these philosophical assumptions are not supported by the available empirical evidence, and it concludes by outlining key elements of an emerging scientific worldview in which mind and consciousness represent a fundamental aspect of reality, and are more than the activity of nerve cells in the brain.
This emerging worldview has deep social, moral, and spiritual implications and may contribute to the appearance of a planetary form of consciousness.
Mario Beauregard, PhD, is currently an associate research professor in the departments of Psychology and Radiology and at the Neuroscience Research Centre, Université de Montréal. He is the author of more than one hundred publications in neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry. In 2000, Beauregard was selected by the World Media Net as one of the One Hundred Pioneers of the 21st Century. He is the author/co-author of a number of books, including The Spiritual Brain and Brain Wars.
We hope you enjoy his paper.