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The True Nature of the ‘Unconscious’

We intuitively associate our psyches with the contents of consciousness. Whatever I am not conscious of is not within the scope of my psyche, or so we tend to think. Yet, since the late 19th century,…

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Conquering the Fear of Oblivion (in 15 minutes)

Most people fear death. And amongst those, most do so because death seems to entail oblivion, the end of everything we are. In this brief essay, I want to help you follow your own direct experience…

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Does Brain Imaging Corroborate or Contradict Materialism?

The two essays I wrote prior to this one have commanded a lot of interest and attention (see here and here). They discuss recent brain imaging studies on the effects of psychedelics. Surprisingly, the results have…

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The Linguistic Demon of Space-Time

Time and space are one of the greatest conundrums of both science and philosophy, and have been so since we began to think about them self-reflectively. Many, especially in physics, see space-time as an objective thing,…

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The Idealist Symbolism of the Christmas Archetype

As we experience the afterglow of Christmas — the date that symbolically commemorates the birth of the Christ in the Christian world — I wanted to share some reflections about its archetypal symbolism. Just as Pentecost…

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Nondualism and the fallacies of panpsychism and artificial sentience, Bernardo Kastrup

We live in culture dominated by two contrived metaphysical inferences: that the world exists outside consciousness and that particular arrangements of matter in that world somehow generate consciousness. This distorted view of reality feeds the delusory…

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The elevator pitch of a world in consciousness

Bernardo Kastrup It strikes me how often discussions about the nature of reality get muddled in misunderstandings arising from concepts. Words like ‘mind,’ ‘consciousness,’ ‘subjectivity,’ and even ‘world’ can evoke all kinds of unintended meanings, depending…

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Parallel Worlds

The linguistic con game of the ‘mind/matter duality’

I have recently been accused of proposing a metaphysics that simply replaces one form of reductionism with another: instead of reducing everything to matter, I allegedly ‘reduce’ everything to mind, the supposed polar opposite of matter….

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