My guest today is Dr. Bernardo Kastrup, a philosopher of consciousness with a background in computer engineering.
Bernardo has written 7 books, numerous academic papers and many popular articles, including a slew of the most read articles on Scientific American. Bernardo makes a case for a universe in consciousness claiming that it both explains more and is more parsimonious (which means its simpler, a quality preferred by the scientific method, all else equal). In making these claims, Bernardo draws on neuroscience, quantum physics, psychology and philosophy – which made for a fascinating conversation that was both as deep as possible, yet directly relevant to us as mental health professionals and meaning making humans.
To learn more about Bernardo’s work, please visit www.bernardokastrup.com
For a short, easy-to-digest summary of the main points of Bernardo’s philosophy, see his articles on Scientific American
See 1:40-3:50 of this video for another take on the flying speaker metaphor and more on the failings of the emergentist explanation
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Synchronicty and parapsychological phenomena
Study examing the link between brain damage and mystical/spiritual experiences in Vietnam Veterans
Study examining the link between brain damage and feelings of self-trancendence
Land-mark study finding that phenomenologically rich psychedelic states are associated with reduced brain activity. Also an exchange between Bernardo and other researchers on the findings and their interpretation (in chronological order); Article, reply, rejoinder, discosure and commentary, further response
Study on Brazilian mediums and the complexity of writings under trance states
Bernardo’s upcoming book, The Idea of the World, is now available for pre-order
One thought on “E3. Bernado Kastrup – Consciousness and reality”
Physicalism is obsolete. It doesn’t fully explain the world around us and it is less parsimonious than idealism… but like religious fundamentalists, physicalists refuse to abandon their position against all reason. Kastrup’s view is a breath of fresh air. Paradigm shift now!