Proof of Spiritual Phenomena: A Neuroscientist's Discovery of the Ineffable Mysteries of the Universe (Paperback)
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• Shares data and meta-analysis from a large volume of extremely sophisticated experiments that provide proof for the existence of psi phenomena
• Explores evidence of past lives, intuitive knowing, and other spiritual phenomena
• Reveals the author’s own inexplicable experiences as well as her conversations with scientific colleagues, high-level experts, and government officials
Neuroscientist Mona Sobhani, Ph.D., details her transformation from diehard materialist to open-minded spiritual seeker and shares the extensive research she discovered on past lives, karma, and the complex interactions of mind and matter. She reveals her conversations about spirituality, consciousness, and anomalous occurrences with scientific colleagues as well as high-level experts and government officials, as she searched for proof of a meaningful cosmos. She discovered that psi research has been conducted on a grand scale for more than a century--by hundreds of scientists with hundreds of thousands of participants--and that there exists substantial evidence for the reality of psi. She examines meta-analyses of these experiments, such as that of the Ganzfield tests, which showed the odds against chance of 12 billion to 1--throwing our current scientific materialist paradigm into question.
Providing a deep dive into the literature of psychology, quantum physics, neuroscience, philosophy, and esoteric texts, Sobhani also explores the relationship between psi phenomena, the transcendence of space and time, and spirituality. Culminating with the author’s serious reckoning with one of the foundational principles of neuroscience--scientific materialism-- this illuminating book shows that the mysteries of human experience go far beyond what the present scientific paradigm can comprehend and leaves open the possibility of a participatory, meaningful Universe.
About the Author
Mona Sobhani, Ph.D., is a cognitive neuroscientist who holds a doctorate from the University of Southern California and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University with the MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project. A former research scientist at the University of Southern California, she also was a scholar with the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics, and her work has been featured in the New York Times, VOX, and other media outlets. She lives in Los Angeles.
“In Proof of Spiritual Phenomena, neuroscientist Mona Sobhani, Ph.D., takes the reader through her journey from being a skeptically oriented scientific materialist to realizing there’s much more to the Universe. This entertaining and easy-to-read book weaves Sobhani’s personal experiences with a diverse body of credible science to demonstrate the desperate need for a revised scientific meta-paradigm. It is this sort of courage and intellectual honesty that will be required for science—and society—to truly evolve.”
— Mark Gober, author of An End to Upside Down Thinking and host of Where Is My Mind? podcast
“Thank the Universe for Mona Sobhani! Is it any coincidence that neuroscientists, after looking carefully at the brain to answer age-old questions, are starting to turn to spirituality? Nope. It’s because they don’t find what they are looking for in the materialist paradigm, but they know what they’re looking for is real. Sobhani leads the pack with her brilliant and vulnerable take on what it means for her and other scientists to turn the corner from materialism to post-materialist thought--and why it’s necessary to explain human experience, including and especially human spiritual experience. By letting us into her journey, she shows us parts of ourselves that are learning a new way of knowing, and then she supports our growing knowledge with her hard-won wisdom.”
— Julia Mossbridge, Ph.D., affiliate professor at the University of San Diego, cofounder of the Instit
“Mona Sobhani is a ‘flipped’ scientist, a neuroscientist whose mechanical-materialist worldview was turned upside down and inside out by a series of honest life experiences that she refused to deny and instead insisted on thinking through. Her book is a page-turning journey filled with everything from coffee ground divinations, mediums, and intuitives; through past lives, secret government psychical research programs, and the new psychedelic research; to the latest scientific and philosophical visions of a conscious, intentional, and profoundly meaningful cosmos. Her message? The old order of knowledge is passing away. Let it go. The new world is taking shape in and as us. Let it be.”
— Jeffrey J. Kripal, Ph.D., author of The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge
“Like opening a set of nesting dolls, Sobhani takes us on her own journey through the layers of her own mind--from the outermost layer grounded in the physical and empirical world, to the intellectual mind which struggles to make sense of everything, and eventually to the innermost, blissful self, where pure consciousness and just being resides. It’s a delightful ride along where one can vicariously experience the author’s struggle to reconcile science and spirituality, as she comes to rest in knowing that it is fine to accept some things as just a mystery!”
— Laura Baker, Ph.D., psychology professor at USC
“Proof of Spiritual Phenomena is a daring, exciting exploration of the intersection of human consciousness and the intricacies of the physical Universe.”
— Larry Dossey, M.D., author of One Mind
“With Proof of Spiritual Phenomena, you hold the key to unlocking a whole new level of experiencing and understanding, not only the world around you that you can see but also the one you can’t see. Backed up with easyto- understand science as well as mind-blowing evidence and interviews, Sobhani achieves what is, in my opinion, the first book to truly unlock the intersection point between science and soul-based spirituality. This book is so outstanding and life-changing, you will find yourself buying extra copies to give to everyone you love so that they, too, can experience the magic that is Proof of Spiritual Phenomena.”
— Royce Christyn, actor, host, and author of Scripting the Life You Want