What Is Consciousness?
June 16, 2021 - June 22, 2021
This event will be rescheduled for 2021!
with Harald Atmanspacher, Richard Baker Roshi, Andrew Fellows, Roderick Main, Shantena Sabbadini, Yuriko Sato and William Seager
Consciousness is the primary and most immediate experience we all have. Before knowing our name or who we are, before being able to recognize any specific experience we are undergoing, the immediate realization that “I am” is always there.
Yet this fundamental first person experience sits uneasily within the context of our scientific third person description of the world. No doubt consciousness has somehow to do with the brain, since physical or chemical changes in the brain affect the contents of consciousness. But the contents of consciousness, e.g. the experience of the color red, are qualitatively different from and irreducible to patterns of excitation in the brain. This irreducible difference has been dubbed “the hard problem of consciousness.”
What has been dubbed ‘the hard problem of consciousness’ is much deeper than mere neurophysiology. It involves the sense we have of ourselves and our destiny, the issue of life after death and the distinction between animate and inanimate. What are the boundaries (if any) of consciousness? Is consciousness everywhere (as mystical traditions teach) or nowhere (as materialists claim)?
The June 2020 Pari Dialogue in which we explore Consciousness. In spite of it being our primary and most immediate experience, consciousness keeps being an enigma for modern science. How we live this enigma impacts the sense we have of ourselves and our destiny and the issue of life and death.
The cost of the event is 1400 euros. The event fee includes 6 night stay in private accommodation and all meals. It also includes activities, materials and teaching sessions. The event starts on Thursday June 11 at 19:00 with dinner and ends on Wednesday June 17 after lunch.