Consciousness creates all material reality. Biological processes do not create consciousness. This conceptual breakthrough turns traditional scientific thinking upside down. In An End to Upside Down Thinking, Mark Gober traces his journey – he explores compelling scientific evidence from a diverse set of disciplines, ranging from psychic phenomena, to near-death experiences, to quantum physics. With cutting-edge thinkers like two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Ervin Laszlo, Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences Dr. Dean Radin, and New York Times bestselling author Larry Dossey, MD supporting this thesis, this book will rock the scientific community and mainstream generalists interested in understanding the true nature of reality. Today’s disarray around the globe can be linked, at its core, to a fundamental misunderstanding of our reality. This book aims to shift our collective outlook, reshaping our view of human potential and how we treat one another. The book’s implications encourage much-needed revisions in science, technology, and medicine. General readers will find comfort in the implied worldview, which will impact their happiness and everyday decisions related to business, health and politics. Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time meets Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now.
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About the Author
Mark Gober is an author whose worldview was turned upside down in late 2016 when he was exposed to world-changing science. After researching extensively, he wrote An End to Upside Down Thinking to introduce the general public to these cutting-edge ideas – all in an effort to encourage a much-needed global shift in scientific and existential thinking. Mark is a senior member of Sherpa Technology Group, a firm that advises businesses on mergers & acquisitions and strategy. He previously worked as an investment banking analyst in New York. Mark has been quoted for his opinions on business and technology matters in Bloomberg Businessweek and elsewhere, and he has authored internationally published business articles. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, where he was captain of the tennis team.
Table of Contents
Preface: A framework to consider while reading this book xv
Section I Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Introducing the Author and the Book's Contents 3
Section II Laying the Foundation 25
Chapter 2 The Unproven Assumption: "The Brain Creates Consciousness" 27
Chapter 3 Quantum, Relativistic Chaos: Proven and Accepted Science that Defies Common Sense 43
Section III Wizard-like Abilities? Scientific Evidence 59
Chapter 4 Remote Viewing: Sensing from a Distant Location 61
Chapter 5 Telepathy: Mind-to-Mind Communication 77
Chapter 6 Precognition: Knowing the Future Before it Happens 91
Chapter 7 Animals: Psychic Abilities 103
Chapter 8 Psychokinesis: Mind Impacting Physical Matter 113
Section IV Surviving Death? Scientific Evidence 125
Chapter 9 Near-Death Experiences: Lucid Memories with Impaired or No Brain Function 127
Chapter 10 Communications with the Deceased: Planned and Spontaneous 155
Chapter 11 Lives Beyond This One: Young Children Who Remember Previous Lives 169
Section V How Can This Be, and What Does It Mean? 181
Chapter 12 Could Mainstream Science Be So Wrong? 183
Chapter 13 What Are the Implications for Everyday Life? 201
About the Author 293
What People are Saying About This
Mark Gober’s question sums up the entire conundrum about what we thought we knew but turned out to be false or at least highly questionable knowledge: If consciousness isn’t just a product of the brain, and if it survives the death of the physical bodybeyond space and time then how does it fit into our picture of the universe? We thought we knew what the real world is really like, namely that it is material and that consciousness is the product of a material brain. But what if the world isn’t, and the brain isn’t? What kind of a world is it then, and what kind of consciousness do we have then? Mark seeks an answer in clear and meaningful terms. A great service to the cause of advancing knowledge and its proper application to our thinking and our life. A big vote of thanks to him for helping to bury the outdated, but not yet outmoded, materialism of our time.
Dr. Ervin Laszlo, two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, author of more than 75 books, philosopher of science and systems theorist
What if our most basic assumptions about our understanding the mind are wrong, upside down? Mark Gober has created for the public a remarkable research and philosophy-based synthesis about one of the most challenging areas to understand, the infamous “hard problem” of consciousness. This book is a delight and easy to read. To be humble about current conceptions of how our mind works, and open minded to alternative perspectives than pure materialism, has the potential to promote a leap in scientific discovery, much needed evolution in human consciousness, and a more compassionate society.
Elissa Epel, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF, and co-author of The Telomere Effect, a New York Times bestseller
Mark Gober’s An End to Upside Down Thinking shows with broadly extensive examples how the conventional 19th century common sense dogmatic materialistic worldview has no basis in fact. Scientific revolutions always begin with a steady accumulation of anomalous evidence. The consciousness-as-reality revolution will likely be difficult as the current paradigm is deeply entrenched in seats of authority and power. This book promises to open the minds of many potential contributors to the growing mountain of anomalies and to the highly imaginative among us that can ground these puzzling phenomena in a comprehensive and clear theory. Send a copy to everyone you know...
Loren Carpenter, computer scientist, founder of Pixar, and two-time Academy Award winner
This book changes everything...You will re-examine your entire belief system and formulate a new framework for creating meaning in your life. Mark brilliantly connects scientific theories, research, and human experience to examine consciousness. Realizing that you may be dismissing or discounting information you are accessing through your consciousness has practical implications to enhance your life. You will trust your “intuition" more fully, feel more connected to others, be happier with yourself and be inspired. As the number of readers increases, the world will be a better place! Thank you, Mark!
Ann Shippy, MD, author of Mold Toxicity Workbook and Shippy Paleo Essentials
Thoughts and realities that we thought were rock solid are shaken to the core in this terrific new book. An exposé that will force the reader to look at their individual assumptions about the very nature of how events happen and will continue to happen and be shocked that the universe isn’t as orderly as they have always thought. You will think about what has been written here for many many months after you have read the last chapter.
Barry Baker, Senior Advisor at Lee Equity and media veteran
Revolution is in the air, and Mark Gober is out front carrying a banner in his An End to Upside Down Thinking. He turns things right side up, explaining why consciousness is fundamental, nonlocal, and cannot be explained in terms of brain mechanisms. This is one of the most incisive indictments of the materialist view of consciousness I’ve read. Gober’s message is urgent; he shows why our future depends on this course correction. Viva la revolución!
Larry Dossey, MD, New York Times bestselling author
Almost everything you learned in school about who and what you are is wrong. In An End to Upside Down Thinking, Mark Gober, a Princeton-trained financier and hardcore rationalist, describes his shock at discovering that this is not some wild conspiracy theory, but an open secret supported by solid scientific evidence. If you'd like to know what was left out of your college education, there's no better place to begin than this easy-to-read survey of the mind-boggling nature of reality and your place in it.
Dr. Dean Radin, chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences
A comprehensive overview. Well done. I hope it has a big impact.
Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, author of Science Set Free
I have read several books among this genre, yet this onefrom the first chapterhas the reader questioning many normal assumptions. I predict this book will be widely perceived as important.
Gregory Miller, Of Counsel, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; former managing director, Google.org
Modern “secular humanism,” a quasi-religious worldview that arose in connection with the classical physics of the late 19th century, holds that subatomic physical things of some sort are the sole ultimate realities and that all else including mind and consciousness is derivative. This bleak vision currently constitutes the received wisdom of opinion elites throughout the civilized world; it dominates contemporary social sciences, psychology and neuroscience, has destructively colonized neighboring academic disciplines including most of the humanities (even religious studies!) and rules our media and educational systems from top to bottom. Despite its associated practical achievements, this worldview is now known to be false at its very foundations, and it is in the process of being overthrown in favor of a more comprehensive science-based metaphysical vision which makes consciousness the ultimate reality and is capable of accommodating our deepest spiritual experiences and yearnings. In this lively, provocative and well-written survey, Mark Gober provides a sampling of the many kinds of scientific findings that are driving this tectonic shift in worldviews, and a thoughtful discussion of its profound implications for our individual and collective human fates.
Edward F. Kelly, PhD, lead author of Irreducible Mind (2007) and Beyond Physicalism (2015), and a professor of psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences at the University of Virginia
In An End to Upside Down Thinking, Mark Gober presents a comprehensive overview of the evidence threatening the core assumptions of the prevailing materialistic view of reality, where consciousness is regarded as a product of the physical brain. He makes a compelling argument for the need of a radical transformation of science and the need to recognize consciousness as the primary organizing principle of the Universe and the ultimate source of reality.
Brenda Dunne, president, ICRL, and former Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Laboratory (PEAR) manager
To listen to evidence requires an open mind. To then follow wherever it leads often requires courage, persistence and honesty. Having earlier accepted the current mainstream paradigm of materialistic science that states that mind and consciousness arise from matter, Mark Gober has undertaken a tremendous journey of inner and outer discovery, turning his previous world view upside down and revealing just how wrong mainstream science has been. In An End to Upside Down Thinking, he brilliantly investigates numerous and compelling evidence by multiple researchers and across a broad range of phenomena to show that consciousness isn’t something we somehow have but what we and the whole world are. The revolution has begun!
Dr. Jude Currivan, cosmologist; author of The Cosmic Hologram: In-formation at the Center of Creation
In An End to Upside Down Thinking, Gober retrofits science with the tools it needs to move forward in the new world of empirical results that don't make sense according to materialist ways of thinking. By bringing the reader expertly, engagingly, and accessibly toward a new and more accurate understanding of the nature of the universe, he addresses the mysteries of time, space, and causality in an updated and decidedly revolutionary way.
Julia Mossbridge, MA, PhD, cognitive neuroscientist and director of the Innovation Lab at the Institute of Noetic Sciences
Mark Gober’s masterful book, An End to Upside Down Thinking, is poised to create worldwide impact by redefining what it means to be human. Gober ultimately raises a question that is critically important in today’s turbulent global climate: if we are truly and fundamentally interconnected, how should we treat one another? The implications extend to all aspects of our culturefrom science, to politics, to education, to gender equality, and beyond.
As Founder & CEO of Mogul, which enables millions of women worldwide to connect, share information, and access knowledge from each other across 196 countries and 40,000 cities, this book provides a new scientific lens through which equality and empowerment are only natural since we are all interconnected and part of the same whole. The time is now for a collective mindset shift at this pivotal juncture in human history; Gober's paradigm-shifting book is a catalyst that society desperately needs.
Tiffany Pham, founder and CEO of Mogul
Humanity is at a critical turning-point moment in our history. In every area of society, old paradigms are crumbling. While the materialistic/mechanistic world-view gave us many gifts, we are also rapidly destroying our planet. Technology has been advancing, yet people are chronically stressed out, sick, unfulfilled, and unhappy. It's time for change. Fortunately, there's a new model of reality being birthed by pioneering scientists all around the world, one that honors the interconnectedness of all things, mind-matter interactions, the power of consciousness to influence physical reality, and the holistic nature of our human experience. The implications are massive across all sectors of society. A revolution is underway! Mark Gober's An End to Upside Down Thinking is the single most succinct and comprehensive tour of this exciting new paradigm. In my 20 years of exploring consciousness, metaphysics, science and spirituality, I've never read a book that's so thoroughly-researched and so daring in its scope. Travel into the frontiers of science. Experience the new realm of human possibilities. Read this book!
Dr. Edith Ubuntu Chan, holistic medicine doctor and human potential expert, #1 bestselling author of SuperWellness: Become Your Own Best Healer: www.DrEdithUbuntu.com/www.SuperWellness.com
Mark Gober is clear about his intention for this book. He wants to make some very interesting yet unheralded scientific findings available to a wide audience of readers. The science is good, but the topic is taboo, though it seems that status may be slowly changing. We're talking about consciousness, and more particularly, its status in a scientific framework that struggles to find a viable definition of that most intimate and directly experienced aspect of the world. Gober lays out the questions and the tentative answers, and goes for the science that has some chance of nailing down what has to be understood for us to come to grips with mind and its extraordinary presence in the world. Here you will find a wide-ranging picture, painted in primary colors, of psi research, studies of telepathy, psychokinesis, precognition, and near-death experiences, studies that may ultimately make the difference in understanding what consciousness is and what it doeswhile providing direct access to our world. In terms of a quotation from the book: “For these [phenomena] we need a new language altogether, as we need new theories from a new kind of science even to begin to comprehend them.” With that new language we can speak to each other of the hugely important understanding that we are not separate islands of individuality, but participants in a connected whole.
Roger Nelson, PhD, director of the Global Consciousness Project and former Coordinator of Research at the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab (PEAR)
A riveting exploration of existing scientific evidence for paranormal realities. An important reminder of how much of our world is still left to be explained, and how powerful our human potential truly is.
Giancarlo Marcaccini, CEO of Yogi Tea
For someone to write a book such as An End to Upside Down Thinking, on topics dared to be included in this manuscript, is both essential and courageous in this moment of extensive and planned human ignorance. Out of the halls of centuries of information suppression come these chapters -- like magical doors to temples of radical wisdom. The pages of An End to Upside Down Thinking are antidotes to many ailments spread worldwide, where humans are worked like slaves rather than viewed as windows into the consciousness of GOD. Congratulations to Mark Gober for such an important and uplifting undertaking.