A RADICAL SCIENCE OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Live videoconference with Christian de Quincey, Ph.D.
Austin Center for Spiritual Living, 5555 N Lamar Blvd, Bldg D #115
Tuesday, September 17, 2013, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. CDT
Co-hosted by INACS and IONS Austin
Free and open to public; $5 donation appreciated
Please note that this event will NOT be available on the Web
For centuries, science has successfully explored the universe of matter from the tinest quantum to the largest galactic clusters, all the way back to the Big Bang about 13.7 billion years ago and out to the edge of the visible cosmos.
Now, the final—and greatest—frontier for science is consciousness itself.
In recent decades, neuroscience has made stunning advances in our understanding of the brain and how it correlates with many aspects of mind. And each year it seems poised to make even greater discoveries.
However, revealing the secrets of the brain is not the same as exploring consciousness. What, then, would it take for science to explore the mind per se, and not just its neural correlates?
In this presentation, philosopher Christian de Quincey examines the four major worldviews that attempt to explain the mind-body relationship—dualism, materialism, idealism, and panpsychism. He exposes the limits of each, and shows why only one of the four is likely to form a foundation for a true science of consciousness.
While neuroscience studies neurons (objective/physical), consciousness science studies consciousness (subjective/non-physical). How can we—can we—apply the scientific method to the very instrument of knowing itself? Dr. de Quincey proposes that science needs to radically change its methodology and foundational metaphysical assumptions if we are ever to develop a true science of consciousness. He will outline and compare key criteria for “Looking-Glass” vs. “Plate-Glass” science.
Christian de Quincey, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy and Consciousness Studies at John F. Kennedy University and Dean of Consciousness Studies at the University of Philosophical Research. He is also founder of The Wisdom Academy, offering private mentorships in consciousness. Dr. de Quincey is author of the award-winning book Radical Nature: The Soul of Matter and Radical Knowing: Understanding Consciousness through Relationship. His latest books are Consciousness from Zombies to Angels and Deep Spirit: Cracking the Noetic Code. Samples of his writings on consciousness and cosmology are available at www.christiandequincey.com.