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The Causal Efficacy of Consciousness in General, Imagery in Particular: A Materialistic Perspective

  • Robert G. Kunzendorf


It is my pleasure to introduce this keynote symposium on the relationship between physical health and mental imagery. Historically, attempts to relate physical health to anything mental have been resisted by the scientific and medical establishments. The tenacity of this resistance is perhaps best illustrated by Carol McMahon’s (1975) historical case study of a soldier who died from fright, as an enemy cannon ball passed right before his eyes—without touching him Because the medical examiners refused to believe that this soldier’s death could have been caused by a mental variable like fright, they concluded that the wind of the cannon ball had sucked the air out of his lungs.


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  • Robert G. Kunzendorf
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of LowellLowellUSA

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