The Universe in Consciousness

Journal of Consciousness Studies 25 (5-6):125-155 (2018)

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Bernardo Kastrup
Radboud University Nijmegen (PhD)
Abstract
I propose an idealist ontology that makes sense of reality in a more parsimonious and empirically rigorous manner than mainstream physicalism, bottom-up panpsychism, and cosmopsychism. The proposed ontology also offers more explanatory power than these three alternatives, in that it does not fall prey to the hard problem of consciousness, the combination problem, or the decombination problem, respectively. It can be summarized as follows: there is only cosmic consciousness. We, as well as all other living organisms, are but dissociated alters of cosmic consciousness, surrounded by its thoughts. The inanimate world we see around us is the extrinsic appearance of these thoughts. The living organisms we share the world with are the extrinsic appearances of other dissociated alters.
Keywords consciousness  idealism  mind-body problem  hard problem  combination problem  decomposition problem  dissociation  panpsychism  cosmopsychism  primacy of consciousness
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Analytic Idealism: A Consciousness-Only Ontology.Bernardo Kastrup - 2019 - Dissertation, Radboud University Nijmegen

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