When I was six, I often asked my parents and relatives about what happens after death, and these typical Soviet materialists of those days always said that nothing happens, nothing at all. …

Kastrup’s “coat of arms” of ontological idealism. Please don’t ask me why he needs it.

Bernardo Kastrup is a talented basher of the pseudoscientific metaphysical mythology of materialism (physicalism), dualism, panpsychism, and other “matter-included” erroneous ontologies. However, his own version of ontological idealism (consciousness-only ontology) is utterly absurd and dangerously misleading.

Kastrup’s absurd Schopenhauerish vision of Transcendence (consciousness-in-itself) as a dissociating instinctive impetus conflicts with…

“[A]mong the many exceptional and divine things your Athens has produced and contributed to human life, nothing is better than those [Eleusinian] Mysteries. For by means of them we have been transformed from a rough and savage way of life to the state of humanity, and have been civilized. Just…

“The existence that characterizes such things as your body, your possessions, and the world around you … is the interplay of the grasping and the grasped of [transcendental] consciousness (ālayavijñāna). … Meditation, meditator, and object of meditation … are nothing but [mental] projections. … Nirvāṇa is the cessation of [transcendental]…

“The problem of neuroscience, or science, or philosophy is how to connect brain activity with consciousness, and all we can say in general is that these processes are parallel.” — Oliver Sacks

What is consciousness? They say it is a product of brain processes. What is the brain? They say…

“Mysticism has been called “the great spiritual current which goes through all religions.” In its widest sense it may be defined as the consciousness of the One Reality — be it called Wisdom, Light, Love, or Nothing. … [T]he reality that is the goal of the mystic, and is ineffable…

“Even in the bareness of abstraction, our relation to Transcendence can take on a crucial seriousness. But as men in our world we seek support for our certainty in the concrete. Man’s supreme achievement in this world is communication from personality to personality. Accordingly, our relation to Transcendence, if we…

“[F]rom the succession of ideas and impressions we form the idea of time… [T]ime cannot make its appearance to the mind, either alone, or attended with a steady unchangeable object, but is always discovered by some perceivable succession of changeable objects.” — David Hume

As we mentioned in Spoon, the…

“The wrong sort of people are always in power because they would not be in power if they were not the wrong sort of people.” — Jon Wynne-Tyson

“By their very activity, based upon the use of violence, governments are composed of people who are the very opposite of holy…

There is nothing it is possible to think of anywhere in the world, or indeed anything at all outside it, that can be held to be good without limitation, excepting only a good will.” — Immanuel Kant

“In being things have a rank, but to rank low is not evil…

Misha Rogov

“Pure immanence without Transcendence remains nothing but deaf existence.” — Karl Jaspers

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