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Consciousness & Reality Colloquium: There Is A World Out There, But It Is Mental

Wednesday, May 31, 2023
11:00am to 12:00pm
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Caltech Consciousness & Reality Colloquium Series

Bernardo Kastrup, PhD PhD
Executive Director, Essentia Foundation

Analytic Idealism maintains that the universe is experiential in essence. That does not mean that reality is in your or our individual minds alone, but instead in a spatially unbound, transpersonal field of subjectivity of which we are segments. Analytic Idealism is one particular formulation of Idealism, which is based on and motivated by post-enlightenment values such as conceptual parsimony, coherence, internal logical consistency, explanatory power and empirical adequacy. It's a formulation that will appeal to intellectually hard-nosed, left-brained, science-oriented people, but isn't the sole formulation of Idealism.

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This lecture will be accessible to an interdisciplinary audience, and Caltech members from all divisions are welcome to join. Select questions from the Q&A window will be answered after the lecture.


The Consciousness & Reality colloquium series promotes interdisciplinary investigations on mind, cognition, consciousness, and the nature of reality. This colloquium is the final one for the current academic year.

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