Bernardo Kastrup: Idealism Reloaded: The End of the Perception-Imagination Duality

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It’s curious how we seem to differentiate our mental categories: We assume that perceptions (what we see, hear, smell, touch, or taste) come from ‘outside,’ while thoughts, affections, and imagination unfold ‘inside.’ Yet, they are all phenomena of mind, witnessed in consciousness in exactly the same way. Why, then, do we make the categorical split?

There are two reasons for it: Firstly, the existence of a world outside of mind seems necessary to explain the fact that we all seem to share a common reality. Secondly, while we feel that we have some degree of control over our thoughts, emotions, and imagination, the world we perceive with our sense organs seems entirely autonomous. To explain both of these observations we postulate the existence of a whole abstract universe of particles and fields, fundamentally independent of subjective experience, which supposedly leaves a consistent imprint on our sense organs. Moreover, we go on to postulate that it is the abstract particles and fields in this strongly objective universe that, somehow, give rise to the concreteness of subjective experience itself.

The Dawn of Native American Solar Farms

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For decades, Native Americans were reliant on the US government to bring them power

#64 AI and the Global Brain

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Trying to wrap our minds, hearts, and bodies around the rapidly evolving field of AI

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen

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Sometimes a story can teach much more than entire philosophical treatises

It All Goes Down in Your Mind

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Gabor weaving Johnny Cash and the Buddhist 'Dhammapada'

How Brave You Are

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How brave you are for slowing down

Across Lines: Grief

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How do we catch people where they fall? How do we respond to this crisis in a way that doesn’t reinforce its architecture? What kind of politics is being summoned at this time?

#63 Ancestral Constellations

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Efu discussed her methods integrating ancestral wisdom from her Snail Clan in Tanzania, somatic therapy, and family constellations

Mysteries, Yes

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Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous to be understood

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