with Richard Baker Roshi, Valerie Hardcastle, Basil Hiley, Bernardo Kastrup, Gary Lachman, Iain McGilchrist, Roderick Main, Paavo Pylkkänen and Beverley Zabriskie
Chaired by Shantena Sabbadini
8 two-hour online sessions, one every Saturday and Sunday
June 5 – 27, 2021
9:00 PDT | 12:00 EDT | 17:00 BST | 18:00 CEST
All sessions are live, recordings will be available for any sessions you can not attend.
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)?
Saturday June 5
Analytic Idealism with Bernardo Kastrup
Sunday June 6
Basil Hiley and Paavo Pylkkänen
Saturday June 12
Mundane and Mystical: A Panentheistic Perspective on C. G. Jung’s Late Thoughts About Consciousness, Ego, and Self with Roderick Main
Sunday June 13
Saturday June 19
Beyond the Robot: Consciousness and Existentialism with Gary Lachman
Sunday June 20
Saturday June 26
The Inner Science, Experiential Investigation, and Analysis of Consciousnesswith Richard Baker Roshi
Sunday June 27
The Brain and our Encounter with the World with Iain McGilchrist