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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 a ...more

Is ad hominem always a fallacy?


In a series of recent social media posts, I've criticized Sam Harris for his horrendous strawmannning of idealism in a recent podcast interview:


What a spectacularly sophomoric misrepresentation of idealism @SamHarrisOrg displays here. He conflates personal consciousness with consciousness as ontic category, idealism with solipsism, and it's a train wreck from there. (1/2)https://t.co/QTOm

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In a series of recent social media posts, I've criticized Sam Harris for his horrendous strawmannning of idealism in a recent podcast interview:
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“Indeed, it is nearly impossible for any person inserted in a modern cultural context to escape the haze of the zeitgeist and develop a truly unbiased, critical, and personal worldview.”
Bernardo Kastrup, Why Materialism Is Baloney: How True Skeptics Know There Is No Death and Fathom Answers to life, the Universe, and Everything

“materialism is a fantasy. It’s based on unnecessary postulates, circular reasoning and selective consideration of evidence and data. Materialism is by no stretch of the imagination a scientific conclusion, but merely a metaphysical opinion that helps some people interpret scientific conclusions.”
Bernardo Kastrup, Brief Peeks Beyond: Critical Essays on Metaphysics, Neuroscience, Free Will, Skepticism and Culture

“if we could escape the hysterical cacophony of culture so to develop a more authentic and unbiased worldview,”
Bernardo Kastrup, Why Materialism Is Baloney: How True Skeptics Know There Is No Death and Fathom Answers to life, the Universe, and Everything




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Bernardo Kastrup Therese wrote: "Hi Bernardo, thanks for accepting my friend request.
Just wanted to question one comment you made in response to someone else's question. It concerns the issue of facts. Are facts different from a..."


Hi Therese, could you post this on my forum? https://groups.google.com/forum/#!for...
If I start addressing philosophical issues on multiple platforms I will go crazy, so I reserve my own forum for it.
Cheers, Bernardo.


Therese Hicks Hi Bernardo, thanks for accepting my friend request.
Just wanted to question one comment you made in response to someone else's question. It concerns the issue of facts. Are facts different from absolute truth? Quantum physics has ruled out our access to absolute truth. What impact does this have on the standing of 'facts'? There are contradictory facts, like light is a wave and light is a particle. I would like to agree with you that there are facts that we can use in our day to day lives. But with the observer effect, it leaves us at a loss when trying to convince one another that our facts are more true than someone else's facts.
I think that this is a fundamental quandary that is making it very difficult to find a consensus among people with very different psychological profiles. There is no way to absolutely prove facts anymore. It's what gives rise to things like climate change denial. How would you resolve this issue?


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