Mind over Matter by Tom Gilson

Mind over Matter

The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul
by Mario Beauregard & Denyse O’Leary
HarperOne, 2007
(368 pages, $25.95, hardcover)

reviewed by Tom Gilson

Mario Beauregard wants to overturn the assumptions of his discipline. “Neuroscience today is materialist,” he writes. “The mind is assumed to be a mere illusion generated by the workings of the brain. Some materialists even think you should not in fact use terminology that implies your mind exists.”

You could hardly range farther from common human experience than that, but it’s mainstream neuroscience. Last May, the Washington Post . . .