An End to Upside Down Thinking: Dispelling the Myth That the Brain Produces Consciousness, and the Implications for Everyday Life

Mark Gober. Waterside, $19.95 (200p) ISBN 978-1-947637-85-6
Focusing on ideas about consciousness that “fly in the face of mainstream scientific thought,” this book will surely spark some lively conversation. Gober, a senior member of the business consultancy Sherpa Technology Group, warns readers may “need to suspend everything you thought you knew about reality” before beginning—a big request. What he posits is that “consciousness does not come from the brain” and is “nonlocal,” and that consciousness “survives the death of the physical body.” Heady concepts, but he does the heavy lifting by giving quotes from an abundance of notable experts, descriptions of scientific experiments, and useful end-of-chapter summaries. Supporting scientific studies—from a laser physicist in Stanford, primary sources from the U.S. government’s “Stargate” study of psychic phenomena, and more—explore remote viewing, telepathy, and other extrasensory abilities. Gober also considers larger concepts, such as near-death and “shared-death” experiences. Taking on skeptics, he suggests that today scientists are “afraid to talk about” these “taboo” topics, and asserts one doesn’t need to “know how a phenomenon works in order to accept that it does exist.” This unusual treatise leaves readers with much to ponder, and with enough information to make up their own minds. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 11/26/2018
Release date: 10/01/2018
Genre: Nonfiction
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