Here is neuroscientist Mario BeauregardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s article in Progress in Neuroscience, identifying areas of progress in non-materialist neuroscience.
Yes, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right. Beauregard is doing something that is supposed to be unthinkable for a neuroscientist. He is blowing off materialism, based on evidence.
The skinny: Materialist neuroscience argues that the mind does not really exist. The mind is merely the functions of the brain or a simulacrum thereof. So you do not really have a mind, let alone a soul or free will.
Materialist neuroscientists have not proven this proposition; it is a logical deduction from the materialism they have already accepted.
Non-materialist neuroscience means neuroscience that assumes that the mind really exists. It treats the mind as real. And for good reason. A number of studies show the mind remapping the brain, which is evidence against materialism.
If you find the clinical neuroscience in the linked study heavy going, check out The Spiritual Brain: A neuroscientist’s case for the existence of the soul by Mario Beauregard and Denyse O’Leary (Harper 2007), which will be available mid this year. I am the co-author,Ã‚Â so if you understand the stuff I write here, you will understand that book. Promise!Ã‚Â (I DO wish the publisher, Harper, would put up the cover … soon, I suppose)