Since the time of Plato, the human understanding of the universe has moved through two epoch-defining paradigms. These are the view of the universe as a great mind, moving into the view of the universe as a great machine. Today there are signs that the modern mind is moving into an organismic view of the universe, apprehended as an evolving, self-generating, and ultimately living process.Read More
Does the Universe have a Mind?
(Listen Below) My guest today is the philosopher Philip Goff, who has received attention for his defense of panpsychism, which is the idea that consciousness, —the distinctly subjective aspect of our minds, could be a fundamental feature of reality.
With growing support for panpsychism in academia, it is a view that Goff believes could do for the philosophy of mind what Darwin’s theory of evolution did for biology.
In our conversation today we discuss the reasons for believing that consciousness is an intrinsic part of reality, as well as the possible implications for both cosmology and life on this planet.
We also explore how panpsychism, in conjunction with “priority monism”, could entail the existence of a cosmic mind. This is a view that Philip has termed “Cosmopsychism.”
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One possibility for David is that psychedelic substances such as DMT override the “reducing valve” function of the brain — opening the floodgates between our ordinary sense of self, and a much greater transpersonal reality.Read More
There is a limitless horizon of possible mental experiences, pregnant with unimaginable value and significance. When mind itself is stretched across the canvas, what will we want to want? What values will guide such minds?Read More
How do we map the landscape of mind? What is the future of minds in the universe? And is consciousness an intrinsic part of reality? Today on Waking Cosmos (listen below) I'm joined by Mike Johnson from the Qualia Research Institute, where they're working on a theory of consciousness which could have profound implications for society, including the development of what we might call a 21st century mood-ring, by which we begin to telegraph our phenomenology, and explore entirely new landscapes of experience. In the second half we discuss how any sufficiently "crisp" theory of consciousness can be directed at anything, including cosmological phenomena like black holes and even the Big Bang.
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What is the relationship between mind and matter?
In this episode of Waking Cosmos (watch below) we explore how several independent scientific studies suggest that the mind has a mysterious influence on the world. This research also seems to reveal that something like a "collective consciousness" may exist. While this evidence remains controversial, a number of highly qualified scientists are convinced that these strange effects are real.
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Is consciousness fundamental to reality? An increasing number of scientists and philosophers think it could be. Today I read from my book Origins of Consciousness, which explores the possibility that consciousness is fundamental to reality.Read More
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Can we build conscious AI? Is the singularity already here? Welcome back to the Waking Cosmos podcast! In this episode Adrian and Matthew explore the meaning of technology and how it is changing human life. We also explore the possibility of conscious machines, the dawn of superintelligence, and the future of technology in the universe.Read More