Why Materialism Is Baloney: How True Skeptics Know There Is No Death and Fathom Answers to life, the Universe, and Everything

Why Materialism Is Baloney: How True Skeptics Know There Is No Death and Fathom Answers to life, the Universe, and Everything

by Bernardo Kastrup

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Overview

The present framing of the cultural debate in terms of materialism versus religion has allowed materialism to go unchallenged as the only rationally-viable metaphysics. This book seeks to change this. It uncovers the absurd implications of materialism and then, uniquely, presents a hard-nosed non-materialist metaphysics substantiated by skepticism, hard empirical evidence, and clear logical argumentation. It lays out a coherent framework upon which one can interpret and make sense of every natural phenomenon and physical law, as well as the modalities of human consciousness, without materialist assumptions. According to this framework, the brain is merely the image of a self-localization process of mind, analogously to how a whirlpool is the image of a self-localization process of water. The brain doesn't generate mind in the same way that a whirlpool doesn't generate water. It is the brain that is in mind, not mind in the brain. Physical death is merely a de-clenching of awareness. The book closes with a series of educated speculations regarding the afterlife, psychic phenomena, and other related subjects.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782793618
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 04/25/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 710,844
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Dr. Bernardo Kastrup has been a scientist in some of the world's foremost scientific laboratories. A successful entrepreneur, he currently works in the high-tech industry and writes about metaphysics and philosophy of mind. He Currently resides in the Netherlands.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1

Chapter 1 The Current World view and its Implications 5

Chapter 2 Tackling the Mind-Body Problem 26

Chapter 3 Mind as the Medium of Reality 53

Chapter 4 The Brain as a Knot of Mind 77

Chapter 5 A Mercurial Metaphor 102

Chapter 6 The Oscillating Membrane Metaphor 131

Chapter 7 Re-interpreting Reality 171

Chapter 8 Final Musings 191

Afterword 216

Notes 221

Bibliography 230

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