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Consciousness and the Nature of the Universe: How Panpsychism and Its Fault Lines Shade in the Ongoing Mystery of What We Are

By Maria Popova

Coined in the sixteenth century by the Italian philosopher and proto-scientist Francesco Patrizi, whose work inspired Galileo, from the Greek pan (“all”) and psyche (“mind” or “spirit”), panpsychism is the idea that all matter is endowed with the capacity for subjective experience of immaterial quality — the sort of experience we call, in its expression familiar to us, consciousness.

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An Introduction to Science and Spirituality

Taken for granted in Western culture for more than a hundred years, the dualistic view of the universe—the split between mind and matter, body and spirit, faith and reason, essentially between science and spirituality—is now being fundamentally questioned by Western science and religion alike.

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An Introduction to Non-Duality

One of the most famous expressions of the concept of non-duality, the Heart Sutra is but one example of an idea that humans have alternately embraced and dismissed for millennia. What is non-duality, then, and why do we find it both unsettling and desirable?

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Spiritual Science: How a New Perspective on Consciousness Could Help us Understand Ourselves

It may be that the best way to understand the world is not through science or spirituality alone – but through an approach which combines them both.

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An Introduction to Conscious Evolution

How did we get here? Where are we going? How will we get there? As individuals and on the societal level, these questions are at the heart of the human condition. The answers can provide a road map for how we live our lives.

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What Happens if Your Mind Lives For Ever On the Internet?

It may be some way off, but mind uploading, the digital duplication of your mental essence, could expand human experience into a virtual afterlife.

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A New Theory Explains How Consciousness Evolved

Theories of consciousness come from religion, from philosophy, from cognitive science, but not so much from evolutionary biology.

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How Will Virtual Reality Change Your Mind’s Consciousness?

You are who you are because of your environment. What happens in a virtual world in an environment created by another mind?

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Coming to Grips with the Implications of Quantum Mechanics

The question is no longer whether quantum theory is correct, but what it means.

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Currents of Consciousness, with Dr. Amit Goswami

Forget what you know or what you think you know about consciousness.

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Can Consciousness be Explained by Quantum Physics? My Research Takes Us a Step Closer to Finding Out

One of the most important open questions in science is how our consciousness is established. If quantum measurements are one day taken from the human brain, they could be compared against our results to definitely decide whether consciousness is a classical or a quantum phenomenon.

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