Consciousness Matters

The following is a real conversation which took place on Atheist's Day, at 1527 hours, Tuesday the 23rd of March, 2021, via Facebook messenger.

Dave is not their real name. they have been anonymised to protect their identity.

This is that conversation word for word, performed as a phone call.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Flowchart Reddit Post:
https://www.reddit.com/r/consciousness/comments/mboklg/consciousness_in_a_flowchart_can_you_fault_this/

Image Attributions:

Morgan Freeman
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e4/Morgan_Freeman_Deauville_2018.jpg

Facepalming Statue
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3b/Paris_Tuileries_Garden_Facepalm_statue.jpg

Audio Attributions:

Teletype Machine
https://freesound.org/people/stratcat322/sounds/169259/

Social Media:

Twitter
@ConsciousnessM3

Facebook
@consciousnessmatters

Minds
@consciousnessmatters

Parler
@ConsciousnessMatters

I don't believe in atheism and Ryan is an agnostic. I justify and explain myself and see if I can make a persuasive argument in favour of theism, that mind is the origin of all things.

Think of me as an a-atheist if you will.

Referenced Videos:

How do you explain consciousness? | David Chalmers
https://youtu.be/uhRhtFFhNzQ

The Meta-Problem of Consciousness | Professor David Chalmers | Talks at Google
https://youtu.be/OsYUWtLQBS0

Derren Brown Mind Control | Animal Heaven | Channel 4
https://youtu.be/1UpUcgPP-YY

Grandeur
https://youtu.be/zMwXBzuPH9c

Thumbnail Photos:

Atheism Logo
https://pixabay.com/vectors/atheist-atheism-symbol-icon-884127/

Sky
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Clouds_(5).jpg

Once in a while someone tries to explain the origin of consciousness in scientific terms. Kurzgesagt has tried to do that in the episode titled 'The Origin of Consciousness - How Unaware Things Became Aware'. I'll be analysing and critiquing their argument. Will their claims stand up to scrutiny?

Bob's Source Code:

https://github.com/ConsciousnessMatters/ArtificialBobConsciousness

Videos Referenced:

The Origin of Consciousness – How Unaware Things Became Aware
https://youtu.be/H6u0VBqNBQ8

Kinetochore and Mitosis
https://youtu.be/IvJrDsRuWxQ

Is Consciousness Doing Anything (Making Sense with Sam Harris)
https://youtu.be/87Gd_E_TNCI

John Cleese: Philosophy, Spirituality & Political Correctness
https://youtu.be/jr4wo0fG8kQ

Images:

Richard Dawkins
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Richard_Dawkins_no_Fronteiras_do_Pensamento_Porto_Alegre_(18207784825).jpg

Sam Harris
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TT4_7749-3566899238-O_(15374983126).jpg

Rupert Sheldrake
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupert_Sheldrake#/media/File:Sheldrake_TASC2008.JPG

Referenced Material:

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02134/full#supplementary-material

Bernard Kastrup, Book Club Q&A

A lot of the time I produce scripted and edited content to convey what I've learnt as best as I can. Today it's a special episode as after a 4 minute introduction it hands off to a uncut recording of the Bernardo Kastrup Book Club ([email protected]). We've read 4 of his books so far and have questions. I've got a couple of my own. There are 5 themes to the conversation tonight and the time indexes are as follows:

0:00:00 - Introduction for Consciousness Matters subscribers and those new to Idealism and why we need to take it seriously.
0:03:40 - New To Bernardo's Work? Don't Panic - Help Playlist (Playlist link featured below in Help Section)
0:03:56 - Book Club Q&A Introduction Begins
0:05:35 - Theme 1. Exploring Mind
0:39:38 - Theme 2. The Relationship Between Mind And Matter
1:05:35 - Theme 3. Will & Free Will
1:20:46 - Theme 4. Anomalous Experiences, NDE's, OBE's, Psi, Reincarnation
1:46:38 - Theme 5. Meaning & Purpose
2:17:27 - Final Thoughts

Thank you so much to the Bernardo Kastrup Book Club for some great conversations and challenges, your thoughts and ideas over the last two months.

😆 Help Section - Feel Lost? 😆
If this is the first time of running into Bernardo's ideas for you, then you may find the following playlist an excellent introduction to Bernardo's work. Having which, you may well further enjoy hearing Bernardo answer the book club questions.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWvmPFBWToaK13hRduzGMheDj5W-TDoxj

#Idealism #PhilosophyOfMind #Consciousness

Wood Effect:
Image by Michael Schwarzenberger from Pixabay

TV Photo:
Image by Pexels from Pixabay

Bernard Kastrup Book Club:
[email protected]

There's a great deal of confusion about what academic evidence is available and is not available to support ideas of reincarnation and near death experiences as real phenomena. It is perfectly legitimate to question the evidence, to state that it's inconclusive or in some way insufficient, but is it really ok to simply deny it's existence? How common is this basic denial in academic circles?

Source Video Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWvmPFBWToaKEzcta49TmRqU38ZIb2QHi

Clips Used For Criticism & Review:

Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Afterlife, Origins of the Earth and Extreme Weather
https://youtu.be/4x2ZrklQQYU

Prof. Dr. Christopher Bache - Scientific Evidence for Reincarnation
https://youtu.be/JlCMfEOmsrY

Darwin Day in Tyler, TX 2020 Keynote address by Dr. Steven Novella, Science Denial (2 12 20)
https://youtu.be/JC5WLbOOVwI

Michio Kaku on Life After Death, Creationism and Scientific Evidence of Geological Time
https://youtu.be/z-sBp4D9dMU

Oz Talk: Dr. Sam Parnia
https://youtu.be/tHcZc-JJEFw

Death Is Not Final
https://youtu.be/h0YtL5eiBYw

Q&A "What Happens To An Atheist When They Die?" Richard Dawkins and Cardinal G
https://youtu.be/4p2BBojD87Y

Sex: An Evolutionary Perspective | Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying
https://youtu.be/iOd0hnmFR3c

Is There Life after Death? Fifty Years of Research at UVA
https://youtu.be/0AtTM9hgCDw

Are Brain and Mind the Same Thing? | Episode 1005 | Closer To Truth
https://youtu.be/2i9UPTDUFJo

Dr Parnia on Near Death Experiences
https://youtu.be/gkTh6wNlYao

Richard Dawkins Reveals How Science Really Works: Imagination, Intuition, Evidence, and Truth
https://youtu.be/Un_m2NGvSKQ

Sam Harris: On Death
https://youtu.be/d_Uahu9XNzU

Music:

F. Schubert. "Ave Maria" in Ukrainian translation by Yuri Otroshenkо. Performed by Anna Kolesnik-Ratushna
https://bit.ly/3hRjnYH

Note:
The soundtrack after the introduction (0:12) is copyright under creative commons attribution and share alike, the rest of the sound track is not due to licensing restrictions of royaly free music providers and as such rests under regular copyright restrictions.

Social Media:

Twitter
@ConsciousnessM3

Facebook
@consciousnessmatters

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If science can improve our ability to change the world, can we use that same power to understand ourselves? Of course it can with psychology and biology, but can that understanding reach out to consciousness as well?

What's causing the problems we find at the moment? Are we really stuck, or have we made a mistake? I explore these questions in this episode.

Image Attributions:

Rene Descartes:
https://bit.ly/31jLieG

Science Clipart:
https://bit.ly/2Cytcvj

Standrd Model of Particle Physics:
https://bit.ly/3fZFTx3

David Chalmers:
https://youtu.be/uhRhtFFhNzQ

Sean Carroll
https://bit.ly/3bCUkW3

Donald Hoffman
https://bit.ly/2E26hcD

Clips Used For Criticism & Review:

Neil deGrasse Tyson Clip From:
https://youtu.be/40YIIaF1qiw

Sean Carroll Clip From:
https://youtu.be/Myl_gnRxh94

Donald Hoffman Clip From:
https://youtu.be/6eWG7x_6Y5U

You know mind... you know body... how does that work? This is the mind body problem Quiz Show! As I lack a studio audience, please feel free to record reactions to the show yourself including clapping and laughing wherever you actually feel like, ideally with headphones on to get your reactions clearly on the mic without too much background sound and if I get enough I will mix them together into a virtual audience and do another revision with that mixed in. Just link to your reaction in the comments.

Image Attributions:

Bernado Kastrup:
https://youtu.be/J1hRn7kmPpM

Sam Harris:
https://youtu.be/BjMhLhXCirc

David Chalmers:
https://youtu.be/uhRhtFFhNzQ

Deepak Chopra:
https://bit.ly/381bRqd

Donald Hoffman:
https://bit.ly/2Nuyda7

Rene Descartes:
https://bit.ly/31jLieG

Plato:
https://bit.ly/2YxRgqe

Thomas Nagel:
https://bit.ly/3eA8B7v

Daniel Dennett:
https://bit.ly/2CCqXGV

Roger Penrose:
https://bit.ly/2ZaXEmv

Stuart Hameroff:
https://youtu.be/R5DqX9vDcOM

Wood texture for Irreducible Ivity book background:
https://bit.ly/2NsZutp

Many of us are fascinated by Exceptional Conscious Experiences. We sometimes are led to believe that these experiences are impossible or that they do not stand up to scrutiny. This lecture will give an outline of the scientific investigation into Exceptional Conscious Experiences including Telepathy, Near Death Experiences (NDEs), Tantra (Psi Based Empathy), Out of Body Experiences (OBEs), Mystical Experiences, Psychedelic Mystical Experiences, Reincarnarion & Presentiment.

For more on impossible things that turned out to be possible:
https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn13556-10-impossibilities-conquered-by-science/

Recommended Viewing List:

Neil deGrasse Tyson on death and near death experiences
92nd Street Y
https://youtu.be/y5qEBC7ZzVQ

Stephanie Arnold & Tricia Barker - Two Veridical Near-Death Experiences
IANDSvideos
https://youtu.be/FHLJmn0f46o

Are Child Reincarnation Stories Real?
Seeker
https://youtu.be/s_8wl0u4aVE

John Cleese Interviews Dr. Jim Tucker re: DOPS Research into Children's Past Life Memories
UVA Division of Perceptual Studies
https://youtu.be/0Aoew3jKMb4

The Science of Reincarnation
Think Anomalous
https://youtu.be/jZOKljH6pBk

An Introduction to Paranormal Psychology - with Chris French
The Royal Institution
https://youtu.be/Jve3p0ws-nI

Q&A - An Introduction to Paranormal Psychology - with Chris French
The Royal Institution
https://youtu.be/pW_F9VazZqk

The Extended Mind: Recent Experimental Evidence
GoogleTechTalks
https://youtu.be/JnA8GUtXpXY

"Science and the taboo of psi" with Dean Radin
GoogleTechTalks
https://youtu.be/qw_O9Qiwqew

Presentiment: "Feeling" the Future
Think Anomalous
https://youtu.be/xWinUxW9HAg

Sensing the Future | Precognition and Science
Institute of Noetic Sciences
https://youtu.be/famOBwD2K3g

Tantric energy tested by science
Somananda Tantra School
https://youtu.be/AIR1lBHS2Pg

Throughout history humans have believed things that have turned out to be false and in retrospect, seem silly. So what are the beliefs of our time that seem reasonable to us now that our descendants will have debunked and find amusing? Why is it as humans that we are susceptible to false beliefs?

Recommended Viewing List:

Leonardo DiCaprio & The Nature of Reality: Crash Course Philosophy #4
CrashCourse
https://youtu.be/IV-8YsyghbU

Why do we believe things that aren't true? | Philip Fernbach | TEDxMileHigh
TEDx Talks
https://youtu.be/jobYTQTgeUE

Rupert Sheldrake - The Science Delusion BANNED TED TALK
revolutionloveevolve
https://youtu.be/JKHUaNAxsTg

NASA Physicist: "Science Is a New Dogmatic Religion" (Tom Campbell)
Red Pill Philosophy
https://youtu.be/UxMPXpYqtlA

Why Materialism Is Baloney
Bernardo Kastrup
https://youtu.be/eehz5YKnBf4

John Wilkins - Physicalism & Materialism
Science, Technology & the Future
https://youtu.be/8Xn5w_KcdII

Are We Living in a Simulation? – 8-Bit Philosophy
Wisecrack
https://youtu.be/JB3v3bDba5g

Free will, one of the most interesting and controversial ideas in philosophy. People claim to debunk the idea of free will, I believe I have demonstrable proof that you can verify for yourself.

Recommended Viewing List:

Determinism vs Free Will: Crash Course Philosophy #24
CrashCourse
https://youtu.be/vCGtkDzELAI

Joe Rogan - Does Free Will Exist?
JRE Clips
https://youtu.be/rZCB3skWIxc

Determinism vs Free Will | Jordan Peterson
ManOfAllCreation
https://youtu.be/hSIDXNvMWCU

Closer To Truth - Big Questions in Free Will
Closer To Truth
https://youtu.be/9uRTjfhIf4M

Free Will - Debunked
Rationality Rules
https://youtu.be/j4Oyi1T-HmU

The Mystery of Free Will: Donald Hoffman
scienceandnonduality
https://youtu.be/cT7hf8NOEk4

We have a story of science and a story of consciousness, but how do we reconcile these stories? This is part of the Rational Spirituality crash course.

Recommended Viewing List:

The Standard Model - with Harry Cliff
The Royal Institution
https://youtu.be/MRwRNMgOGL0

A Brief History of Quantum Mechanics - with Sean Carroll
The Royal Institution
https://youtu.be/5hVmeOCJjOU

Emergence – How Stupid Things Become Smart Together
Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
https://youtu.be/16W7c0mb-rE

How do you explain consciousness? | David Chalmers
TED
https://youtu.be/uhRhtFFhNzQ

What is Panpsychism? | Rupert Sheldrake, Donald Hoffman, Phillip Goff, James Ladyman
The Institute of Art and Ideas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7KaNnFij2Q&t=80s

Consciousness and the Mystery of Existence - Documentary about Consciousness and Reality (2020)
metaRising
https://youtu.be/_2DyvF03isM

Grandeur
Rationality Rules
https://youtu.be/zMwXBzuPH9c

We're all conscious and we feel like a subject experiencing the world, but some scientists would like to disagree. Surprisingly the rational truth finds serious problems with what's intellectually fashionable.

Article References:

Has Science Shown That Consciousness Is Only An Illusion?
https://mindmatters.ai/2019/01/has-science-shown-that-consciousness-is-only-an-illusion/

The Consciousness Illusion
https://aeon.co/essays/what-if-your-consciousness-is-an-illusion-created-by-your-brain

Is Consciousness Just An Illusion?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39482345

So there is a certain tongue in cheek air to the video, but it's serious stuff. Watch as a prominent, intelligent and articulate advocate defines consciousness to encompass thermostats. Then using a definition that matches thermostats, proceeds to try and debunk an argument that I seriously don't think he understands. Sorry Stephen! I'd be happy to help you out though. This is what I try to do in this video.

I plead special ranty privileges over and above normal because Stephen is falsely claiming to debunk the exact argument that underpins my belief in agential cosmopsychism.

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To all fans and puzzled observers! I've been working hard for the last year, many scripts were written, many scripts were abandoned. I am going to give something else a try.

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Links and references also in video description.

Some clips have been used from copyrighted sources in
accordance with fair use. These clips are short, relevant and
being commented on throughout the entire series.

Clips have been edited for brevity.

The Video I Debunk (Making it a Double Devunked, The debunk has itself been defunked):
The Argument from Consciousness - Debunked (Consciousness Proves that god Exists - Refuted)
https://youtu.be/6M9E6hUY740

For a behaviouralist, the brain explains everything:
Daniel Dennett Explains Consciousness and Free Will
http://bigthink.com/videos/daniel-dennett-explains-consciousness-and-free-will

Behaviour isn't enough for some:
How do you explain consciousness - David Chalmers - TED
https://youtu.be/uhRhtFFhNzQ

A heretic worth listening to:
Rupert Sheldrake, Science & Spiritual Practices
Part 1 of 2 - London Real
https://youtu.be/vBhpfETrRuw

#AgentialCosmopsychism #Cosmopsychism #Panpsychism #Protomachinism #Theism #Atheism #Response #RationalityRules

205, Atheism Defined As A Positive Belief System, Protomachinism, Description:
I genuinely believe I can give a good explanation as to why atheism can be fairly defined in the positive. The subject matter can be difficult, so I would ask you to be charitable and consider it carefully. I've made references to existing philosophical concepts in many places that can be researched to understand what I'm trying to say more deeply. I would enjoy a good conversation about this.

Support The Channel!:
https://www.patreon.com/theontologicalrabbithole

Meetups I run in Manchester, UK:
https://www.meetup.com/Philosophy-Psychedelics-Consciousness
https://www.meetup.com/One-Consciousness-Social

Credits & References:
Some clips have been used from copyrighted sources in
accordance with fair use. These clips are short, relevant and
being commented on throughout the entire series.

Wisdom on how to relate to life:
Steve Jobs' one simple fact that will change your life
https://youtu.be/MLAgnACjwf8

The Genius Comedy of Bill Hicks:
Bill Hicks - Revelations (1993)
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80108207

From the incredibly astute, The School of Life
Be the Change You Want to See
https://youtu.be/3ov8LxC1raI

People mock Cathy Newman, but I think this is some of Channel 4's best work (accidentally or not)
Jordan Peterson debate on the gender pay gap, campus protests and postmodernism
https://youtu.be/aMcjxSThD54

Music, the amazing Kai Engel:
Kai Engel - Brave New World
Kai Engel - Global Warming

How do you explain consciousness? | David Chalmers
TED
https://youtu.be/uhRhtFFhNzQ

Why is Consciousness so Mysterious?
Closer To Truth
https://www.closertotruth.com/series/why-consciousness-so-mysterious#video-1948

What’s The Biggest Threat To Freedom - Islam Or Consumerism | Under The Skin with Russell Brand #45
Russell Brand
https://youtu.be/cwiJlQUrwdA

Entangling Conscious Agents, Donald Hoffman
scienceandnonduality
https://youtu.be/6eWG7x_6Y5U

The Manhattan Panel
Sargon of ..

A clip from a full length version of The Ontological Rabbit Hole:
https://youtu.be/srW-urcF36A

Support The Channel!:
https://www.patreon.com/theontologicalrabbithole

Meetups I run in Manchester, UK:
https://www.meetup.com/Philosophy-Psychedelics-Consciousness
https://www.meetup.com/One-Consciousness-Social

Credits & References:
Some clips have been used from copyrighted sources in
accordance with fair use. These clips are short, relevant and
being commented on throughout the entire series.

Possible future Nobel prize winner Stuart Hameroff presents
Orchestrated Objective Reduction, a theory of consciousness:
A Brief History of the Study of Consciousness,
https://youtu.be/hKAVgq99o_w

The Genius Comedy of Bill Hicks:
Bill Hicks - Revelations (1993)
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80108207

I oppose his stance, but his perspective is really interesting to
try to understand. I've had insights listening to Daniel Deneettt!:
Daniel Dennett Explains Consciousness and Free Will
http://bigthink.com/videos/daniel-dennett-explains-consciousness-and-free-will

Sylvester James Gates, theoretical physicist & scientific advisor
to Barack Obama, the legendary Neil deGrasse Tyson &
many others chatting in front of an audience:
Theoretical Physicist Finds Computer Code in String Theory
https://youtu.be/cvMlUepVgbAV

I've never known anyone attain such notoriety be popularising one problem, but the sharp mind of David Chalmers is compelling:
How do you explain consciousness - David Chalmers - TED
https://youtu.be/uhRhtFFhNzQ

Stirring up questions about mind and consciousness, the brilliant Rupert Sheldrake:
Rupert Sheldrake, Science & Spiritual Practices
Part 1 of 2 - London Real
https://youtu.be/vBhpfETrRuw

Music, the amazing Kai Engel:
Kai Engel - Brave New World

Telepathy is Bullshit
Noel Plum
https://youtu.be/XkdlM4hxzRE

Thanks to those I spoke with in Manchester!

Telepathy Video Description:

I've had experiences that have felt quite telepathic, but it's so important to try to understand our experience within the context of the wider group. While the scientific evidence for telepathy is sufficiently interesting and in depth for it's own special episode, Episode 10, I wanted to get into debate, relate possible models as to how telepathy may well seem entirely reasonable and share with you my own experiences.

Support The Channel!:
https://www.patreon.com/theontologicalrabbithole

Meetups I run in Manchester, UK:
https://www.meetup.com/Philosophy-Psychedelics-Consciousness
https://www.meetup.com/One-Consciousness-Social

Credits & References:
Some clips have been used from copyrighted sources in
accordance with fair use. These clips are short, relevant and
being commented on throughout the entire series.

Possible future Nobel prize winner Stuart Hameroff presents
Orchestrated Objective Reduction, a theory of consciousness:
A Brief History of the Study of Consciousness,
https://youtu.be/hKAVgq99o_w

The Genius Comedy of Bill Hicks:
Bill Hicks - Revelations (1993)
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80108207

I oppose his stance, but his perspective is really interesting to
try to understand. I've had insights listening to Daniel Deneettt!:
Daniel Dennett Explains Consciousness and Free Will
http://bigthink.com/videos/daniel-dennett-explains-consciousness-and-free-will

Sylvester James Gates, theoretical physicist & scientific advisor
to Barack Obama, the legendary Neil deGrasse Tyson &
many others chatting in front of an audience:
Theoretical Physicist Finds Computer Code in String Theory
https://youtu.be/cvMlUepVgbAV

I've never known anyone attain such notoriety be popularising one problem, but the sharp mind of David Chalmers is compelling:
How do you explain consciousness - David Chalmers - TED
https://youtu.be/uhRhtFFhNzQ

Stirring up questions about mind and consciousness, the brilliant Rupert Sheldrake:
Rupert Sheldr..

204, Illegal Comedy, A Dialogue With Barbara Keeley MP (#grosslyoffensive), Description:
I joined in a letter writing campaign to our MP's about Mark Meechan being convicted for a joke. Even though I think it's crass, was it really OK that he should be arrested for it, then convicted for being grossly offensive? I take up the serious issues around Ms Keeley's reply and then go on to explain three thoughts as to why Section 127 of the Communications Act of 2003, may well need to go.

Support The Channel!:
https://www.patreon.com/theontologicalrabbithole

Meetups I run in Manchester, UK:
https://www.meetup.com/Philosophy-Psychedelics-Consciousness
https://www.meetup.com/One-Consciousness-Social

Credits & References:
Some clips have been used from copyrighted sources in
accordance with fair use. These clips are short, relevant and
being commented on throughout the entire series.

Wisdom on how to relate to life:
Steve Jobs' one simple fact that will change your life
https://youtu.be/MLAgnACjwf8

The Genius Comedy of Bill Hicks:
Bill Hicks - Revelations (1993)
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80108207

From the incredibly astute, The School of Life
Be the Change You Want to See
https://youtu.be/3ov8LxC1raI

People mock Cathy Newman, but I think this is some of Channel 4's best work (accidentally or not)
Jordan Peterson debate on the gender pay gap, campus protests and postmodernism
https://youtu.be/aMcjxSThD54

Music, the amazing Kai Engel:
Kai Engel - Brave New World
Kai Engel - Global Warming

Barbara Keeley's Speech to Labour Conference
Labour Party
https://youtu.be/k43t8RGL6Ks

Why Do We Need Free Speech? Jordan Peterson Makes a Case
Australia's John Anderson & Dr. Jordan B Peterson: In Conversation
https://youtu.be/U4NijLf3M-A

Michael McIntyre's 'No Juice' sketch is...
Michael McIntyre Fans
https://www.facebook.com/MichaelMcIntyreFans/videos/1275675202453895/

Ricky Gervais Out Of England Holocaust (HBO)
HBOn
https://youtu.be/mNzJ0iA02M0

Most Offensive ..

Psi Phenomenon Description:
When you have psi experiences directly yourself, experiencing tends to be believing. I outline the sorts of psi experiences that I've had in the first part of the video, to be followed by what happened when I tried to look for evidence of what I'd experienced personally, in science. I make the case for and against psi in an episode that I can only imagine will have a bit of something for everyone and be challenging to most people too.

Quick Note:
This video has been released out of order, this is because I wanted to make the telepathy videos side by side (05 and 10), one covering the personal experience and one covering the scientific case. I will go back to doing the videos in order (back to 06) when 11 is complete.

Support The Channel!:
https://www.patreon.com/theontologicalrabbithole

Meetups I run in Manchester, UK:
https://www.meetup.com/Philosophy-Psychedelics-Consciousness
https://www.meetup.com/One-Consciousness-Social

Credits & References:
Some clips have been used from copyrighted sources in
accordance with fair use. These clips are short, relevant and
being commented on throughout the entire series.

Possible future Nobel prize winner Stuart Hameroff presents
Orchestrated Objective Reduction, a theory of consciousness:
A Brief History of the Study of Consciousness,
https://youtu.be/hKAVgq99o_w

The Genius Comedy of Bill Hicks:
Bill Hicks - Revelations (1993)
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80108207

I oppose his stance, but his perspective is really interesting to
try to understand. I've had insights listening to Daniel Deneettt!:
Daniel Dennett Explains Consciousness and Free Will
http://bigthink.com/videos/daniel-dennett-explains-consciousness-and-free-will

Sylvester James Gates, theoretical physicist & scientific advisor
to Barack Obama, the legendary Neil deGrasse Tyson &
many others chatting in front of an audience:
Theoretical Physicist Finds Computer Code in String Theory
https://youtu.be/cvMlUepVgbAV

I've never known anyone attain such notoriety be popularising one problem, but the sharp mind of David Chalmers is compelling:
How do you explain consciousness - David Chalmers - TED
https://youtu.be/uhRhtFFhNzQ

Stirring up questions about mind and consciousness, the brilliant Rupert Sheldrake:
Rupert Sheldrake, Science & Spiritual Practices
Part 1 of 2 - London Real
https://youtu.be/vBhpfETrRuw

Music, the amazing Kai Engel:
Kai Engel - Brave New World

The Legendary & Somewhat Controversial Rupert Sheldrake
Rupert Sheldrake - The Science Delusion BANNED TED TALK
https://youtu.be/JKHUaNAxsTg

Dean Radin, Head Scientist at IONS, Talks to Google
Science and the taboo of psi with Dean Radin
https://youtu.be/qw_O9Qiwqew

Setting Out To Prove The Scientists Wrong, Susan Blackmore
Susan Blackmore QED 2016 - The New Science of Out-of-Body Experiences
https://youtu.be/Ls3aSTY7Wlc

Modern, Secular, Non-religious Spirituality; Sam Harris
Sam Harris | Psychic Phenomena and Open-Mindedness
https://youtu.be/oPrTqkMUGQE

Chris French, One of the Nicest Skeptics I've Met
An Introduction to Paranormal Psychology - with Chris French
https://youtu.be/Jve3p0ws-nI

A Very Insightful & Nice Chap on YouTube, Leo from Actualized.org
Making Sense Of Paranormal Phenomena & Psychic Powers
https://youtu.be/CIPE5YH2zgc

Tantra Video Description:

So I've had my own, personal tantric experiences that happened pretty much spontaneously. I talk through my tantric experience and how it changed my life. Before, the experience and after. My worldview would never be quite the same again. I know this has been said before, but I'm not aware of anyone with a background in hypnosis and being a bit of a science geek talking about it from those different lenses and worldviews and what it's done to them.

Support The Channel!:
https://www.patreon.com/theontologicalrabbithole

Meetups I run in Manchester, UK:
https://www.meetup.com/Philosophy-Psychedelics-Consciousness
https://www.meetup.com/One-Consciousness-Social

Credits & References:
Some clips have been used from copyrighted sources in
accordance with fair use. These clips are short, relevant and
being commented on throughout the entire series.

Possible future Nobel prize winner Stuart Hameroff presents
Orchestrated Objective Reduction, a theory of consciousness:
A Brief History of the Study of Consciousness,
https://youtu.be/hKAVgq99o_w

The Genius Comedy of Bill Hicks:
Bill Hicks - Revelations (1993)
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80108207

I oppose his stance, but his perspective is really interesting to
try to understand. I've had insights listening to Daniel Deneettt!:
Daniel Dennett Explains Consciousness and Free Will
http://bigthink.com/videos/daniel-dennett-explains-consciousness-and-free-will

Sylvester James Gates, theoretical physicist & scientific advisor
to Barack Obama, the legendary Neil deGrasse Tyson &
many others chatting in front of an audience:
Theoretical Physicist Finds Computer Code in String Theory
https://youtu.be/cvMlUepVgbAV

I've never known anyone attain such notoriety be popularising one problem, but the sharp mind of David Chalmers is compelling:
How do you explain consciousness - David Chalmers - TED
https://youtu.be/uhRhtFFhNzQ

Stirring up questions about mind and consciousness, the brilliant Rupert Sheldrake:
Rupert Sheldrake, Science & Spiritual Practices
Part 1 of 2 - London Real
https://youtu.be/vBhpfETrRuw

Music, the amazing Kai Engel:
Kai Engel - Brave New World

Danish Medical Scientists Investigate
Somananda Tantra School
https://youtu.be/AIR1lBHS2Pg

Written by John August and directed by Doug Liman
Go (1999)
No link available

Brief Video Description:

Belief, whatever you chose to believe about belief, the chances are someone else will believe something different. Surely it's in these differences that we can find the commonalities and start to explore what belief really is? To start, we'll consider the notion of religion and how that relates to belief. Next, we'll look at Darwinian vs Newtonian thinking. Thirdly we'll look at a perspective that sounds very much like a coding perspective. Finally we'll look at more traditional styles of argument and see how those compare to the more intellectual perspectives on belief.

I did consider how I might articulate my own case fairly directly, but when I did the research for this video, I realised that The Art of Story had done more or less just what I wanted to do, only with a quality and elocquence that I would find nearly impossible to produce in the production schedule for the Ontological Rabbit Hole. I'm sorry guys, at the moment it's taking me a month per episode to get just right, though I'm trying to increase that now I'm settling into functional habbits from my more creative fluid intelligence appraoch. Hmmm... seems I've been learning on the way.

I'm highlighting some of the most captivating videos I've wathced here and I condense down short run through's of clips for commentary afterwards.

Support The Channel!:

https://www.patreon.com/theontologicalrabbithole

Meetups I run in Manchester, UK:

https://www.meetup.com/Philosophy-Psychedelics-Consciousness
https://www.meetup.com/One-Consciousness-Social

Credits & References:

Some clips have been used from copyrighted sources in
accordance with fair use. These clips are short, relevant and
being commented on throughout the entire series.

Possible future Nobel prize winner Stuart Hameroff presents
Orchestrated Objective Reduction, a theory of consciousness:
A Brief History of the Study of Consciousness,
https://youtu.be/hKAVgq99o_w

The Genius Comedy of Bill Hicks:
Bill Hicks - Revelations (1993)
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80108207

I oppose his stance, but his perspective is really interesting to
try to understand. I've had insights listening to Daniel Deneettt!:
Daniel Dennett Explains Consciousness and Free Will
http://bigthink.com/videos/daniel-dennett-explains-consciousness-and-free-will

Sylvester James Gates, theoretical physicist & scientific advisor
to Barack Obama, the legendary Neil deGrasse Tyson &
many others chatting in front of an audience:
Theoretical Physicist Finds Computer Code in String Theory
https://youtu.be/cvMlUepVgbAV

I've never known anyone attain such notoriety be popularising one problem, but the sharp mind of David Chalmers is compelling:
How do you explain consciousness - David Chalmers - TED
https://youtu.be/uhRhtFFhNzQ

Stirring up questions about mind and consciousness, the brilliant Rupert Sheldrake:
Rupert Sheldrake, Science & Spiritual Practices
Part 1 of 2 - London Real
https://youtu.be/vBhpfETrRuw

Music, the amazing Kai Engel:
Kai Engel - Brave New World

A fantastic and well produced highly analytical breakdown of Religion, Belief & Faith
EVERYONE IS RELIGIOUS, INCLUDING YOU
https://youtu.be/IDUulee5-XQ

The Deeply Intellectual & Thought Provoking Jordan Peterson Talking in 2014/2015
Dr Jordan B Peterson | *full-length* 2015 interview
https://youtu.be/07Ys4tQPRis

Rebel Wisdom, Produced by Journalist with Mainstream Experience
Deep Code Assessment - Jordan Peterson/Channel 4, Glitch in the Matrix
https://youtu.be/4NEvuQWR3oo

Sam Harris & Russell Brand, Famously Associated with Spirituality, Talk about Belief
What’s The Biggest Threat To Freedom - Islam Or Consumerism? | Under The Skin with Russell Brand #45
https://youtu.be/cwiJlQUrwdA

Rationality Rules presents a worldview worth paying attention to and understanding
Jordan Peterson's Truth - Debunked
https://youtu.be/AwXAB6cICG0

Brief Video Description:
Education, Science & Technology form the bedrock of our society. How solid is that bedrock? How should we be looking to grow and evolve?

This video goes through my own experience of education, I'm a little bit too much of a lay person to give more than a subjective take in this regard, but I've given it serious thought and have some questions to ask.

In the second part, I explain there are a few things I could have decided to focus on for Science & Technology, but I choose to go into an area that I feel has poor public understanding and something I started taking very seriously myself and considered changing careers to go into the area myself, some years ago. I talk about the importance of abundant, clean, cheap energy for the human race and how we might solve existing problems and provide that at the same time.

Support The Channel!:
https://www.patreon.com/theontologicalrabbithole

Meetups I run in Manchester, UK:
https://www.meetup.com/Philosophy-Psychedelics-Consciousness
https://www.meetup.com/One-Consciousness-Social

Credits & References:
Some clips have been used from copyrighted sources in
accordance with fair use. These clips are short, relevant and
being commented on throughout the entire series.

Possible future Nobel prize winner Stuart Hameroff presents
Orchestrated Objective Reduction, a theory of consciousness:
A Brief History of the Study of Consciousness,
https://youtu.be/hKAVgq99o_w

The Genius Comedy of Bill Hicks:
Bill Hicks - Revelations (1993)
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80108207

I oppose his stance, but his perspective is really interesting to
try to understand. I've had insights listening to Daniel Deneettt!:
Daniel Dennett Explains Consciousness and Free Will
http://bigthink.com/videos/daniel-dennett-explains-consciousness-and-free-will

Sylvester James Gates, theoretical physicist & scientific advisor
to Barack Obama, the legendary Neil deGrasse Tyson &
many others chatting in front of an audience:
Theoretical Physicist Finds Computer Code in String Theory
https://youtu.be/cvMlUepVgbAV

I've never known anyone attain such notoriety be popularising one problem, but the sharp mind of David Chalmers is compelling:
How do you explain consciousness - David Chalmers - TED
https://youtu.be/uhRhtFFhNzQ

Stirring up questions about mind and consciousness, the brilliant Rupert Sheldrake:
Rupert Sheldrake, Science & Spiritual Practices
Part 1 of 2 - London Real
https://youtu.be/vBhpfETrRuw

Music, the amazing Kai Engel:
Kai Engel - Brave New World

From the noble exploration of the market place of ideas, Dave Rubin's channel:
Bret and Eric Weinstein, Brothers Together at Last (LIVE)
https://youtu.be/MmXq97do-tQ

I don't know Peter Thiel well, but I came across his speech and found some of it pretty compellling, a view I don't often hear articulated and one that I feel should be heard and considered:
Peter Thiel Speech at ISI's 2014 Dinner for Western Civilization
https://youtu.be/nNTjrrC9qRI

Kirk Sorenson, a man on a mission to ensure we don't forget the lessons we've already learnt:
The Thorium Molten-Salt Reactor: Why Didn't This Happen (and why is now the right time?)
https://youtu.be/bbyr7jZOllI

These two men are legends in my mind, but that doesn't mean I completely agree with Bret Weinstein over nuclear:
Joe Rogan Experience #970 - Bret Weinstein
https://youtu.be/xq4Y87idawk

A really interesting video by gordonmcdowell:
THORIUM DEBUNK
https://youtu.be/H6mhw-CNxaE

Consume nuclear waste, produce loads of cheap power, why aren't we going crazy for this?:
Leslie Dewan: Transatomic Power (2015 WORLD.MINDS)
https://youtu.be/AlRhcHNJed0

Renewables & Nuclear, highly recommended:
Renewable Energy: Is the Future in Nuclear?: Gordon Aubrecht at TEDxColumbus
https://youtu.be/nRXDYC3TnG4

When I think of the BBC, this is how I like to remember it. A well sourced and exceptionally compelling investigation.:
BBC Horizon: Nuclear Nightmares (2006)
Unfortunately no link available, but you could search the web for a version to rent or buy.

If they can be supported by us and government, I think they could be heroes of our time:
TEDxNewEngland | 11/01/11 | The Future of Nuclear Power: Getting Rid of Nuclear Waste
https://youtu.be/AAFWeIp8JT0

Michael Shellenberger gives a fantastic presentation on why he changed his mind on nuclear power:
Why I changed my mind about nuclear power | Michael Shellenberger | TEDxBerlin
https://youtu.be/ciStnd9Y2ak

Anti Nuclear and Pro Nuclear seems like a false dichotomy to me, but these people are clearly passionate about what they believe:
Anti Nuclear Rally in Tokyo - against restarting of Oi nuclear plant.
https://youtu.be/ErwEPlj4rQ0

Brief Video Description:

I was a skeptic and a cynic, then a hypnotic subject, then a hypnotist. Some say I was hypnotised into believing in hypnosis and that it's actually not a real thing. I think they're confused. I go over the questions:

What's possible with hypnosis?
What is hypnosis and why are humans vulnerable?
What's it like to be hypnotised or to be a hypnotist?
What crossover is there between hypnosis, advertising, cults & mind control? (Also ideological posession)
What's this got to do with Ontology?

Support The Channel!:

https://www.patreon.com/theontologicalrabbithole

Meetups I run in Manchester, UK:

https://www.meetup.com/Philosophy-Psychedelics-Consciousness
https://www.meetup.com/One-Consciousness-Social

Credits & References:

Some clips have been used from copyrighted sources in
accordance with fair use. These clips are short, relevant and
being commented on throughout the entire series.

Possible future Nobel prize winner Stuart Hameroff presents
Orchestrated Objective Reduction, a theory of consciousness:
A Brief History of the Study of Consciousness,
https://youtu.be/hKAVgq99o_w

The Genius Comedy of Bill Hicks:
Bill Hicks - Revelations (1993)
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80108207

I oppose his stance, but his perspective is really interesting to
try to understand. I've had insights listening to Daniel Deneettt!:
Daniel Dennett Explains Consciousness and Free Will
http://bigthink.com/videos/daniel-dennett-explains-consciousness-and-free-will

Sylvester James Gates, theoretical physicist & scientific advisor
to Barack Obama, the legendary Neil deGrasse Tyson &
many others chatting in front of an audience:
Theoretical Physicist Finds Computer Code in String Theory
https://youtu.be/cvMlUepVgbAV

I've never known anyone attain such notoriety be popularising one problem, but the sharp mind of David Chalmers is compelling:
How do you explain consciousness - David Chalmers - TED
https://youtu.be/uhRhtFFhNzQ

Stirring up questions about mind and consciousness, the brilliant Rupert Sheldrake:
Rupert Sheldrake, Science & Spiritual Practices
Part 1 of 2 - London Real
https://youtu.be/vBhpfETrRuw

Music, the amazing Kai Engel:
Kai Engel - Brave New World

The wonderful & entertaining Derren Brown:
The Assassin - Derren Brown's The Experiment
https://youtu.be/owootTAuxic

The interesting and well worth listening to, carefully:
Scott Adams and Dave Rubin:
Trump’s Persuasion and Presidency
https://youtu.be/lWA5pOmSDgQ

An example of stage hypnosis by Albert Nerenberg:
"Is Hypnosis Fake?" Hypnotist stuns TEDX crowd
https://youtu.be/1RA2Zy_IZfQ

A great episode from the fantastic Crash Course channel:
Social Influence: Crash Course Psychology #38
https://youtu.be/UGxGDdQnC1Y

A clip of one of the fantastically thought provoking Jordan B Peterson lectures:
Jordan B Peterson: You Probably Would Have Been a Nazi
https://youtu.be/tVCAhGL0ohwV

Larry King Now puts on a great show with the renowned astrophysicist and science communicator, Neil deGrasse Tyson:
Mr. Science Himself, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Talks Global Warming, Death, and Elon Musk - Larry King Now
http://www.ora.tv/larrykingnow/2015/6/15/neil-degrasse-tyson-death-science-global-warming-larry-king-elon-musk-interview

I made a mistake here, this wasn't on Scott Adam's own channel, I looked carefully to be sure, but still interesting and still the different and valuable perspective of Scott Adams:
Scott Adams: Fake News persuasion, how Jordan Peterson triggered 12 hallucinations in an interviewer
https://youtu.be/igqRWx0asTA

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I look into the mystery of consciousness.