Bruce Greyson

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Charles Bruce Greyson (1946–) is a parapsychologist and pseudoscience promoter.

Greyson is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of the Division of Perceptual studies at the University of Virginia.[1][2] He is the co-author of the book Irreducible Mind (2007) and co-editor of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences (2009).[2]

Irreducible Mind proposes that the brain does not create the mind but the mind works independently from the brain, reviving an 18th century form of dualism.[3] Dualism was developed by the fraudulent psychical researcher F. W. H. Myers and William James.[4] Greyson argues for dualism but scientific studies have contradicted this view.[5][6]

Greyson is active in the International Association of Near-Death Studies which continues the work of Raymond Moody, who believed that near-death experiences are a evidence of an afterlife.[7]

Greyson is also associated with the Esalen Institute where he lectured from 1998-2010.[8]

Irreducible Mind[edit]

Greyson is the co-author of the book Irreducible Mind (2007) with Alan Gauld and other parapsychologists. The book pretends to be a psychology book, but it is actually a pseudoscience book filled with anecdotes, which promotes paranormal claims. The book was criticized in the The American Journal of Psychology for presenting bold claims without empirical evidence.[9]


  1. Division Staff
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biography of Bruce Greyson
  3. Sebastian Dieguez on Irreducible Mind
  4. Book review of Irreducible Mind
  5. Lycan, William. (1996). Philosophy of Mind in The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy. Nicholas Bunnin and E. P. Tsui-James, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
  6. Wilson, D. L. (1999). Mind-brain interaction and the violation of physical laws. In B. Libet, A. Freeman, & K. Sutherland (Eds.). The Volitional Brain (pp. 185-200). Thorverton, UK: Imprint Academic.
  7. History and Founders
  8. Esalen's Half-Century of Pioneering Cultural Initiatives 1962 to 2012
  9. Mitchell G. Ash, Horst Gundlach, Thomas Sturm. (2010). Book Review: Irreducible Mind. American Journal of Psychology. Volume 123, Number 2. pp. 246-250.