Bernardo Kastrup discusses his latest book Brief Peeks Beyond – Critical Essays on Metaphysics, Neuroscience, Free Will, Skepticism and Culture. This is a two part interview. Part two is here.
A multi-faceted exploration of the human condition as it is presently manifested, Brief Peeks Beyond addresses science and philosophy, the nature of reality, the state of our society and culture, the influence of the mainstream media, the nature of free will and a number of other topics. Each of these short, self-contained essays contributes to an emerging picture that challenges present mainstream views and behaviors and offers a sane alternative.
The core theme which emerges is a critique of both scientific and philosophical materialism. Together, they offer an explanation of life, the Universe and everything which most secular individuals and institutions take for granted. Materialism is seen as the very embodiment of rationalism and reason, the pride of a progressive scientific age, and a vital bulwark against the rising tide of religious fundamentalism. However, taken to extremes, is it possible that materialism – both scientific and philosophical – with its profound influence on how we view ourselves, each other, and the world around us, could be driving humanity to a place every bit as dark as any other brand of fanaticism?
Previous interview with Bernardo Kastrup:
Why Materialism is Baloney
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