Misha Rogov
2 min readDec 1, 2019


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. At first, I couldn’t understand what “nothing” meant, but when I finally did, I cried all day in horror of losing consciousness forever and vowed to find the truth about life and death.

Six years later, death came for me: I was twelve when I had almost drowned in a lake, and survived only thanks to a truly miraculous confluence of circumstances. Then death came for me again: I was twenty-three when I had an astonishing near-death out-of-body experience which convinced me that materialism (physicalism) is a cognitive obscuration. Thanks to the classical psychedelics, in my youth I was fortunate to have other radical experiences of altered states of consciousness that strengthened my doubts in the materialistic worldview and helped me to see the only viable alternative.

For many years I have been seeking truth, gradually becoming a convinced proponent of the great philosophical tradition of ontological idealism (consciousness-only ontology). Here I sum up the intermediate results of my meditations and my studies of modern science and philosophical systems of the greatest thinkers of the West and of the East.

Since my ideas are radically divergent from the pseudoscientific metaphysical mythology of materialism (physicalism) which poisoned the worldview of my contemporaries, I don’t expect to change their minds. Remembering Max Weber’s last words that the true is truth, I philosophize for the sake of truth itself.


  1. Spoon
  2. Time
  3. Intersubjectivity
  4. Brain
  5. Transcendence
  6. Light
  7. Ultimate lessons
  8. What is your God?
  9. Buddhahood
  10. Inferno
  11. Good and evil
  12. Shadow
  13. Eleusinian Mysteries
  14. Why Bernardo Kastrup’s version of idealism is baloney

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Misha Rogov

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