(From my Neo-Platonist connections:)
Some neuro-scientists and psychologists have written a book, called Irreducible Mind:
Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century.
' It defends the "F.W.H Myers- W. James" model with the latest research evidence supporting the model.' (note: William James was a well known researcher a century ago)
Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century, With CD containing
F. W. H. Myers's hard-to-find classic 2-volume Human Personality (1903) and
selected contemporary reviews. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. ( 2009).
Edward F. Kelly (Editor), Edward F. Kelly (Author) , Emily Williams Kelly
(Author), Adam Crabtree (Author), Alan Gauld (Author), Michael Grosso (Author),
Bruce Greyson (Author)
Current mainstream opinion in psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy of mind
holds that all aspects of human mind and consciousness are generated by physical
processes occurring in brains. Views of this sort have dominated recent
scholarly publication. The present volume, however,
demonstrates--empirically--that this reductive materialism is not only
incomplete but false. The authors systematically marshal evidence for a variety
of psychological phenomena that are extremely difficult, and in some cases
clearly impossible, to account for in conventional physicalist terms. Topics
addressed include phenomena of extreme psychophysical influence, memory,
psychological automatisms and secondary personality, near-death experiences and
allied phenomena, genius-level creativity, and 'mystical' states of
consciousness both spontaneous and drug-induced. The authors further show that
these rogue phenomena are more readily accommodated by an alternative
'transmission' or 'filter' theory of mind/brain relations advanced over a
century ago by a largely forgotten genius, F. W. H. Myers, and developed further
by his friend and colleague William James. This theory, moreover, ratifies the
commonsense conception of human beings as causally effective conscious agents,
and is fully compatible with leading-edge physics and neuroscience. The book
should command the attention of all open-minded persons concerned with the
still-unsolved mysteries of the mind.
In 1870, Thomas Henry Huxley wrote an essay about the "physicalist" view of the mind
titled "On Descartes' 'Discourse Touching the Method of Using One's Reason Rightly
and of Seeking Scientific Truth'".
'Huxley's position is quite simple, and, in my opinion, irrefutable':
"that all our knowledge is a knowledge of states of consciousness."
"'Matter' and 'Force' are, as far as we can know, mere names for certain forms of consciousness."