Bernardo Kastrup, PhD, is a computer scientist. He is author of Rationalist Spirituality, Why Materialism is Baloney, Dreamed Up Reality, Meaning in Absurdity, Brief Peeks Beyond, More Than Allegory, and The Idea of the World. He has published several papers in Scientific American arguing for metaphysical idealism.
Here he suggests that it is possible to develop spiritual principles on the basis of logic -- starting with the premise that existence is meaningful and the observation that all exists within consciousness. He draws upon information theory to deduce that unbounded consciousness, as postulated by philosophical idealism, in order to actualize its full potential for self-understanding (or meta-cognition) would manifest existence as we know it. He explains this further using the analogy of the Mars Rover.
New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is past-vice-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, and is the recipient of the Pathfinder Award from that association for his contributions to the study of consciousness.
(Recorded on February 11, 2019)
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