Humberto Schubert Coelho's scientific contributions

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This book examines the best available empirical evidence regarding one of the most challenging and pervasive questions throughout ages, cultures, and religions: the survival of human consciousness after death. It begins with a contextual overview of belief in personal survival and refutes misguided historical and epistemological arguments against t...
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This chapter discusses what would be evidence for survival. First it shows we can have certainty and direct access only to our own minds. We know there are other minds in the world by indirect evidence: we perceive other bodies behaving in ways indicating they have minds like ourselves. They behave and express themselves as if they also think, feel...
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This chapter raises the question about the consistent and almost universal presence of the belief in the survival of the soul among cultures and great thinkers. From a philosophical perspective, the existence of compelling evidence for survival has dramatical consequences for every other ethical, metaphysical, epistemological, or existential reason...
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This chapter analyzes the implications of the evidence presented in this book for the belief in survival of consciousness. First, it shows that the “usual suspects” ((1) deliberate fraud and (2) misinterpretation of chance or unconscious mind activity) might explain part but not all the evidence, because it has been replicated by different competen...
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This chapter will present and refute the most frequently claimed empirical and philosophical objections that impede giving the survival hypothesis a fair trial: (1) neuroscience “proves” that the brain generates mind; (2) Principle of Parsimony—we should explain mind solely on a material basis; (3) there is no mechanism for how the mind would influ...
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When analyzing the whole body of survival evidence with a rational, rigorous, and open mind, it is hard to resist the conclusion that Survival of Human Consciousness after Permanent Bodily Death is a fact of nature. Indeed, this has consistently been the conclusion reached by the vast majority of humanity, including those who performed careful phil...
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This chapter presents the main scientific evidence relevant to the hypothesis of survival of consciousness after the death of the body: studies on mediumship, near-death and out-of-body experience, and cases of the reincarnation type. First, we present a brief history and cultural aspects concerning these subjects. Then, the main scope of this chap...
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In this chapter we discuss the main barriers against an impartial analysis of evidence for the survival of consciousness. Such roadblocks are by far more associated to and supported by pseudoskeptical criticism than rigorous research or philosophical demonstration. Contrary to the true skeptical attitude of demanding evidence for survival, the a pr...
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Na medida em que o termo espiritualidade é em si mesmo ambíguo, o desafio específico da pesquisa em espiritualidade e saúde enquanto campo é definir de que maneiras o conceito ‘espiritualidade’ pode ser frutiferamente aplicado à saúde física e mental. Uma vez que a relatividade hermenêutica de um conceito humanístico tem de se relacionar com os res...
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As is well‐known, the mechanistic ontology associated with the work of Descartes and Newton also challenged the irreducibility of final causes. This challenge undercut objective justifications of goodness and beauty. As one result, aesthetics has since been viewed largely or wholly as a subjective matter. In this article, however, I argue that the...