Their conclusions go very strongly in the direction that the non-physical mind is NOT a by-product of the brain, but it certainly USES the brain. In other words, evolution was a preparatory activity for enabling the manifestation of soul in physical reality.
I'm quoting you again here. I've finished the book. Wow is right!
"The subtitle to this work is Anatomy Of The Soul. We had never intended to broach this topic, but we found that our conclusions as to the nature of consciousness were so akin to some definitions of the soul, that we were left with little choice in the matter."
"And the LORD God formed man (of) the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."
If 'dust of the ground' is symbolic of the genome that gave rise to physical evolution, then this passage suddenly has a lot of meaning. The soul is multidimensional, I believe. It is temporarily locked into this physical world through the 'machinery' of the brain and central nervous center which accesses information from the physical world through the five senses. The mind which exist in a non physical space, incorporates and synthesizes that information into a seamless stream of conscious moments much like the passing of frames of a film through a projector.
Still, there would be nothing more to all this than the pleasure and pain of physical embodiment if it weren't for the multidimensional nature of the soul which has the potential to learn and organize the data from the physical for other purposes; it's purposes, I think.
Much food for thought. Great recommendation as always.