David E. Presti is a teaching professor of neurobiology, psychology, and cognitive science at the University of California, Berkeley. He also teaches neuroscience to Buddhist monks and nuns in India and Bhuta, and is also the author of Foundational Concepts in Neuroscience: A Brain-Mind Odyssey (2016)

Mind Beyond Brain: Buddhism, Science, and the Paranormal is an anthology that contributes to ongoing dialogues between science and Buddhism. It discusses experiences that are commonly accepted within Buddhist traditions but are not yet widely accepted in science. This includes the relationship between mind and matter, NDEs, past-life memories, mediumship, apparitions, and deathbed experiences, the siddhis (yogic powers), and new (to mainstream science) ways of conceiving of extended minds. This book is a fine introduction to the overlaps between Buddhist concepts about mind, matter, and reality, and to leading edge science that informs these topics, as represented by parapsychology. 


The Parapsychological Association Book Award was established in 2015 to recognize books in the field of parapsychology that make significant contributions to science and to the cultural conversation about the implications of parapsychology. Visit the PA Book Award Page to learn more about the award and previous winners.