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This book is a multi-faceted exploration and critique of the human condition as it is presently manifested. It addresses science and philosophy, explores the underlying nature of reality, the state of our society and culture, the influence of the mainstream media, the nature of free will and a number of other topics. Each of these examinations contributes an angle to an em ...more
Paperback, 251 pages
Published May 29th 2015 by Iff Books
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Adrian Stratulat
Absolutely brilliant!

This is the fifth book of Bernardo Kastrup that I've read, so I am fairly familiar to his clear philosophy, yet I still feel that I have learned a lot from this book.

Comprised from a series of critical essays on ontology, the philosophy of science, consciousness and the philosophy of mind, culture and society, education, free will and many other "big questions", Bernardo's book sheds clarity on these heavy topics, like tidying up an old closet, full of misplaced and useless
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Nour Elhuda Zuraiki
I came across Kastrup by a random conversation I was having with a dear friend, I was curious enough to ask him about what he is reading and he was generous enough to bring this book to my attention, I still recall how curious I was on that night to know what ‘’Metaphysical Idealism’’ is that I bought the book on the same night I was having the conversation with my friend. Before then I never thought of the world as an idea and I suppose we people come into this world thinking everything is made ...more
Ronald A Petrocco Jr
This book has made me take metaphysical idealism seriously for the first time in my life. In my opinion this book is a must-read for any serious thinker. It makes an argument that can't be ignored. A sustained, internally consistent, well defended argument that an intelligent armchair philosopher like myself can easily follow - and what it's arguing is, there is no such thing as the material world.
John
Current, lightning, flames, dreams, and starlight. Kastrup’s analogies are as beautiful as they are powerful, drawing us out of the deluded character of the ego and into the wonder of the mind-at-large. Logically rigorous, he gives us intellectual permission to accept what we’ve intuited all along. We are not malfunctioning biological robots. We are not characters in the dream. We are the whole dream. Look at the stars and behold your own mind.

More importantly, he teaches us why. Lost in “a crow
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Peter
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Accessible. Centrally about the rejection of materialism on the grounds that it offends the principle of parsimony and the promotion of monistic idealism in spite of its counter-intuitive implications.
Derek Recsei
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Consciousness is not in your mind. Your mind is inside consciousness. A brilliantly argued and persuasive essay on the centrality of consciousness. Including practical applications to one’s own life and health. If the central premise is true, which I am coming to believe it is, then this is a Very Important Book. It is also well-written, esp compared with some others in this genre.
Heather Lankford
Absolutely brilliant

This is Kastrup's best work yet. Thoroughly engaging and readable, the essays explain more than the concept of monastic idealism. They provide food for thought regarding many of the problems plaguing individuals and current society. I especially enjoyed the essay on free will. This book is destined to become a classic.
radwan jaber
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Loved it. Everyone should reading. Five star
Can't wait for the other book .please read if you want to discover the universe
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Bernardo Kastrup's 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 Philip ...more

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