The Awareness Podcast, Ep.# 63: Living in Not-Knowing with Jenny Beal and Bernardo Kastrup - What is this World?Apr 13, 2023
In this ‘Living in Not-Knowing’ episode, Bernardo Kastrup describes his early career working as a scientist at CERN. He explains how his interest in consciousness led him to philosophy and to develop his theory of analytic idealism.
Jenny and Bernardo discuss:
✓ The nature of the world and how the illusion of being separate arises as a result of a natural process of dissociation.
✓ Do animals and plants have an inner life?
✓ What can we say about the nature of the inanimate world?
✓ Could AI one day have a conscious inner life?
✓ How can the experience of ‘consciousness without objects’ be explained?
✓ Do we need to abandon all beliefs or just some, unhelpful beliefs?
✓ What can science tell us about the world?
✓ What can we learn from history?
You can find out more about Bernardo Kastrup and his theory of analytic idealism by visiting his website: https://www.bernardokastrup.com/
About Bernardo Kastrup:
Bernardo Kastrup is the executive director of Essentia Foundation. His work has been leading the modern renaissance of metaphysical idealism, the notion that reality is essentially mental. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy (ontology, philosophy of mind) and another Ph.D. in computer engineering (reconfigurable computing, artificial intelligence). As a scientist, Bernardo has worked for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Philips Research Laboratories (where the 'Casimir Effect' of Quantum Field Theory was discovered). Formulated in detail in many academic papers and books, his ideas have been featured on 'Scientific American,' the 'Institute of Art and Ideas,' the 'Blog of the American Philosophical Association' and 'Big Think,' among others.