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The Idea of the World: A Multi-Disciplinary Argument for the Mental Nature of Reality

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A rigorous case for the primacy of mind in nature, from philosophy to neuroscience, psychology and physics. The Idea of the World offers a grounded alternative to the frenzy of unrestrained abstractions and unexamined assumptions in philosophy and science today. This book examines what can be learned about the nature of reality based on conceptual parsimony, ...more
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Published April 1st 2019 by Iff Books (first published March 29th 2019)
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James M. Madsen, M.D.
Bravo for “Scientific American,” which has not been afraid to give author Bernardo Kastrup the opportunity to present his views on science and philosophy in a series of blogs in the magazine. That’s how I first heard of him, and I bought “The Idea of the World” as soon as it came out. The world needs big bold ideas, even though the ideas behind revolutions in both science and philosophy are usually ridiculed at first. The big idea here is a variety of monism (the idea that the universe is ...more
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Book for the Ages

Tremendous tension is building in the world of neuroscience over the relationship between mind and brain -- just what is the true nature of consciousness? A building consilience from the fields of psychology, physics and neurosciencesupports the primacy of consciousness in the universe, or a top-down organizing principle at the heart of all reality. One of the strongest new elements of this bridge comes from the physics perspective of Bernardo Kastrupin support of the reality
Anish Malpani
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin?

Just when I thought nothing could really rattle my inner journey, this book came along and shook things up. It was recommended to me by one of my mentors who added, "don't just add it to your list, put it right at the top." For once, I paid heed to his advice, and this was quite a journey.

Kastrup logically and (almost) empirically debunks the prevailing theory of being. And yes, that makes you question reality if you haven't questioned it enough. For eons, the most prevalent
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely phenomenal book, broken down into bite-sized sections, based on original articles by the author. If you are someone who appreciates the sometimes difficult concepts of philosophy, this book will definitely interest you. I feel like I know a lot more about this subject now than I did before reading this book.

The idealism vs. Physicalism debate has been raging for some time, and it is interesting to watch from both sides. Whilst I consider myself to be somewhere in the
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The case for idealism is excellently presented here, with an analytical approach that will resonate with people who don't like woolly discourse but prefer a thorough treatment in compliance with science of what, at heart, is a metaphysical theory, or fundamental assumption about reality, that explains all the facts about reality, i.e. experience, better and more parsimonious than materialism.

Kastrup has become even more rigorous in his reasoning than in his earlier work. I'm happy to notice he's
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ever so gradually the Wheel of Fortune turns. Very ancient lessons need to be learned over and over again, even though their essence remains the same. Modern science can empower ever more of us to attain infinite vision, but only if the sum of it's knowledge includes that of successful 'dreamers' from aeons ago. In "The Idea of the World" Bernardo does an admirable job of weaving the most recent and rigorous science, psychology and philosophy into that intricate cloth of transcendence espoused ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Some quibbles here and there (e.g., undeveloped epistemology, simple interpretation of quantum mechanics), but overall a hypothesis worth considering and taking seriously. The expansion of the phenomenon of dissociation into a universal reality is the most innovative and interesting idea in the book, IMO. But there are several cool insights and proposals throughout.
Gerhard Kessell-haak
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately the argument reduces to "this is the philosophy that has the fewest leaps of faith". True, but ultimately not convincing to materialists.

A pity as I think he's on the right track.
Sergey Bir
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody
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This books explains the fundamental nature and gives meaning to everything. It also unites science, spirituality and experience. Absolutely amazing.
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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). Bernardo has worked as a scientist in some of the world's foremost research laboratories, including the ...more