Bernardo Kastrup - 4 Week Exploration: With Reality in Mind

  • Tue 16th Nov 2021, 7pm – Tue 7th Dec 2021, 9pm UK time (UTC +00:00)
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★★★★★ The breadth of Bernardo's insight and understanding into the nature of reality and all kinds of related subjects is utterly breathtaking. Thank you Bernardo and Amir for a wonderful, inspiring, transformative four weeks.” - Karen

Bernardo Kastrup is undoubtedly the world's most articulate, rigorous and increasingly well-known defender of metaphysical idealism - the notion that all reality is consciousness. This is a chance to spend four weeks immersed in his beautiful mind and understand the evidence for this incredible philosophy, and its far-reaching implications. 

You will be sent video recordings of the basic material, then we will gather live on zoom for four Tuesdays in a row, to share questions and insights, with Bernardo catering the content to our evolving curiosity and understanding. 

Week One: Refuting Materilaism 

We will cover the philosophical, logical and scientific evidence that refutes materialism as a good explanation for what we know about reality. Materialism is the belief that nothing exists except matter, its movements and modifications. In this world view, consciousness is sometimes thought of as an emergent property of specific arrangements of inert matter. We will cover the many reasons why this artificially creates the ‘Hard Problem of Consciousness and the reasons why idealism is a far more parsimonious explanation. 

Week Two: The Compelling Case for Idealism

We will cover the rational and empirical evidence for idealism, drawing on neuroscience, physics, philosophy and basic common sense. We will delve into Bernardo's unique way of expressing the idea that all life forms are like whirlpools of individualised consciousness inside one vast oceanic universal consciousness. 

Week Three: Implications and Ramifications of Idealism

As it becomes easier to consider Idealism as a reasonable way of understanding reality, it becomes exciting to ponder the implications and ramification of this world view. 

* What does this mean for our personal relationships, our dreams and our place in the natural world?
* How might we now understand death, trauma, health, sickness and suffering?
* What are the implications of psychedelic, out-of-body, mystical and near-death experiences?

Week Four: Ego, Self and Non-Duality

Week four evolves into an ‘ask me anything session with Bernardo, which invariably touches on the similarities between his world view and ancient nondual perspectives such as the Advaita Vedanta. In doing so, we consider how apart from being logically coherent and consistent with science, this philosophy can impart deep meaning and joy to how we live our day to day lives. 

★★★★★ "Bernardo has this very rare ability of combining philosophy, science and spirituality in a holistic perspective, and communicating his vision is a clear and inspiring way that also laypersons understand. Very much looking forward to the next edition of this course!" Frank Dierick

Dates and Times

We gather on zoom over four Tuesday evenings in a row, between 7pm and 9pm UK time, starting Tuesday 16th of Nov:

Tues 16th Nov, 7-9pm UK time
Tues 23rd Nov, 7-9pm UK time
Tues 30th Nov, 7-9pm Uk time
Tues 7th Dec,   7-9pm UK time

You will also be sent recordings to watch in your own time before some of the live events. 

If money is a barrier to attendance, please get in touch. No one is turned away for lack of funds. 

★★★★★ “Phenomenal talk. Bernardo is truly a great philosopher.. truly inspiring and life-changing. So thank you to Bernardo, the Psychadelic Society for organising, and to everybody else in attendance, who consistently asked profound questions!” - Andre


Bernardo Kastrup / Photo: Pedro Henrique Casarin

Bernardo Kastrup's work has been leading the modern renaissance of the philosophical position, ‘metaphysical idealism’ that reality is essentially mental, an appearance in ‘mind.’  Bernardo has a Ph.D. in philosophy (ontology, philosophy of mind) and another Ph.D. in computer engineering (reconfigurable computing, artificial intelligence). As a scientist, Bernardo has worked for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Philips Research Laboratories (where the 'Casimir Effect' of Quantum Field Theory was discovered). Formulated in detail in many academic papers and books, his ideas have been featured on Scientific American, the Institute of Art and Ideas, the Blog of the American Philosophical Association and Big Think, among others. Bernardo's most recent book is The Idea of the World: A multi-disciplinary argument for the mental nature of reality. For more information, freely downloadable papers, videos, etc., please visit


★★★★★  Bernardo is a true pioneer and a brilliant thinker (and experiencer). One of my favorite aspects of Bernardo's personality is his humility and his unpretentiousness. Very enjoyable and enriching. Should follow up in 3 mos min.” - Tomas

★★★★★ “Listening to Bernardo makes my whole Being fizz with excitement. Excellent content, thank you so much for hosting this. And Amir is the ideal facilitator - curious, playful, respectful, attentive, and organised.” - Liam

★★★★★  This was a fascinating 4 weeks on the nature of consciousness. Highly recommended.” Frank I

★★★★★  It was a wonderful experience. I have learnt a lot through out this course, Bernardo is such a very articulate philosopher and Amir is such a very good coordinator. I am so grateful for having had this experience.” - Nour

★★★★★  "Great course! Very insightful and original. Impressive how Bernardo is able take a holistic/multidisciplinary perspective and is able to translate difficult philosophical and scientific concepts into everyday language. A course definitely worthwhile repeating!" - Frank 




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