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“If Nobody Looks at the Moon, Does It Exist?” and Other Metaphysical Questions

If no one is looking at the moon, does it exist? Why has materialism been around for so long? Will computers ever be conscious? What happens to our consciousness after we die? Bernardo Kastrup tackles these questions and more with Michael Egnor in another bingecast!

Show Notes

  • 0:00:28 | Introducing Dr. Bernardo Kastrup
  • 0:01:22 | How quantum mechanics points to the mind
  • 0:02:40 | Does the moon exist if no one is looking at it?
  • 0:03:41 | Transpersonal mental states
  • 0:05:02 | Subjective idealism
  • 0:05:16 | Objective idealism
  • 0:05:36 | Bernardo Kastrup’s view of idealism
  • 0:06:23 | The longevity of materialism
  • 0:10:49 | Belief in God and metaphysical perspectives
  • 0:13:48 | Thomas Aquinas’ Five Ways
  • 0:14:34 | Free will
  • 0:17:02 | Moral accountability
  • 0:20:45 | Panpsychism and cosmopsychism
  • 0:21:50 | Using your senses to convey information to the mind
  • 0:23:27 | Communicating feelings
  • 0:24:33 | Differentiating complex internal states from simple ones
  • 0:25:44 | A definition of consciousness
  • 0:26:40 | Refuting panpsychism
  • 0:31:06 | How is cosmopsychism different from panpsychism?
  • 0:32:40 | The solution to the decomposition problem
  • 0:36:09 | Did consciousness evolve?
  • 0:38:35 | Two alternatives for Darwinists
  • 0:40:00 | Intelligent design theory
  • 0:42:16 | Jerry Fodor on natural selection
  • 0:47:20 | Random mutations
  • 0:48:30 | Intelligent design evolution
  • 0:53:12 | Can computers think?
  • 0:55:35 | Intentionality
  • 0:58:58 | Does the natural world have a person behind it?
  • 1:02:32 | Consciousness after death
  • 1:03:33 | Near-death experiences
  • 1:06:59 | Is philosophy irrelevant?

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“If Nobody Looks at the Moon, Does It Exist?” and Other Metaphysical Questions