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Nondualism in Western Philosophy: a Series of Pointers (1/11)

This is a series of pointers to how the Western approach can assist with one’s self-inquiry. It is less a historical survey, and more a collection of Western views that might serve as tools for inquiry,…

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The Nature of Consciousness – Federico Faggin

What are the nature of physical reality, and the nature of consciousness? These two questions have remained unanswered since the beginning of the human race. Science has made tremendous progress in understanding physical reality, but consciousness…

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Magic Mushrooms and Brain Activity Revisited

In Chapter 2 of Why Materialism Is Baloney, I illustrate a broad pattern associating procedures that reduce brain activity with expanded consciousness. These include hyperventilation, meditation, ordeals, gravity-induced loss of consciousness, strangulation, cardiac arrest, brain damage, and even psychedelics. Indeed, a 2012 paper…

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Teilhard and Other Modern Thinkers on Evolution, Mind, and Matter (part II)

The Personal Equation of the Human Observer in the Work of Wolfgang Pauli Physicist Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958) won the Nobel Prize in 1945 for his formulation of the exclusion principle that helped to explain the complex…

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My Philosophy and Quantum Physics

In my book Why Materialism Is Baloney, I argue that we do not need to postulate a whole universe outside consciousness – outside subjective experience – in order to make sense of empirical reality. The implication is that…

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