by Alex Vikoulov [Posted February 17, 2019 11.05 pm PST]
“There are as many cubes as there are observers constructing cubes. And when you look away, your cube ceases to be.” -Donald D. Hoffman, The Case Against Reality
Idealism is crossing over to the mainstream with compelling cases made by philosophers like Bernardo Kastrup presenting his new book The Idea of the World (2019).
In his new book "The Idea of the World: A multi-disciplinary argument for the mental nature of reality," Bernardo Kastrup, a computer engineer, idealist philosopher and author of several other books, including “Why Materialism Is Baloney,” attempts to provide a viable explanatory framework for our experience as distinct individual minds within a seemingly shared but contextual world, however beyond the control of our immediate volition. Dr. Kastrup contends that quantum mechanics, as well as cognitive science, suggests that our minds actively construct experiential reality rather than passively mirror “external” reality. He calls for a radical overhaul of the current scientific orthodoxy. Challenging mainstream physicalism that posits the existence of physical entities independent of experience, Bernardo builds his bastion of arguments for metaphysical idealism.
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