This live online event is sponsored by a partnership between:
Galileo Commission; Scientific and Medical Network; Division of Perceptual Studies; Academy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences; and the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
Liberating the Mind from the Tyranny of Materialism
What if consciousness is fundamental and even primary?
Join some of the leading researchers in the sciences and humanities for a series of round table discussions to launch the landmark volume Consciousness Unbound: Liberating Mind from the Tyranny of Materialism, initiated under the auspices of Esalen Institute’s Center for Theory & Research and University of Virginia’s Division of Perceptual Studies.
In this online event, the contributing authors in the SurSem Project convene remotely to discuss concepts outlined in the newest SurSem collaborative project:
Consciousness Unbound-Liberating Mind from the Tyranny of Materialism -edited by Edward F. Kelly and Paul Marshall
4.00 – 4.10 pm • Consciousness Unbound and the Sursem Project
Edward F. Kelly – Introduction to the Sursem research project and the trilogy that came out of it: Irreducible Mind, Beyond Physicalism, and Consciousness Unbound.
4:10 – 6:00 pm • Expanding Empirical Research Horizons • Chair: Emily Williams Kelly
Bruce Greyson – Near-Death Experiences
Jim Tucker – Cases of the Reincarnation Type
Bob Rosenberg – Precognition
6:30 – 8:30 pm • Mysticism and the Evolving Divine • Chair: Paul Marshall
Edward F. Kelly – Mystical Experience and Panentheism in the Sursem Project
Glenn Alexander Magee – A Neo-Hegelian Theory of Mystical Experience and Other Extraordinary Phenomena
Roderick Main – Mystical Experience and the Scope of Jung’s Holism
Saturday 25th September • 4:00 – 8:45 pm (UK, BST)
4:00 – 6:00 pm • Liberating Mind from the Tyranny of Materialism: Toward A New Metaphysic • Chair: Marjorie Woollacott
Max Velmans – Is the Universe Conscious? Reflexive Monism and the Ground of Being
Bernardo Kastrup – Analytic Idealism and Psi: How a More Tenable Metaphysics Neutralizes a Physicalist Taboo
Federico Faggin – Consciousness Comes First
6:30 – 8:45 pm • The Emerging Vision of Consciousness and Why It Matters • Co-Chairs: Prof Edward F. Kelly and John Cleese
Paul Marshall – Mind Beyond Brain: Surveying the Metaphysical Landscape
David E. Presti – Expanding a Science of Consciousness
Jeffrey J. Kripal – The Future of the Human(ities): Mystical Literature, Paranormal Phenomena, and the Contemporary Politics of Knowledge
Pointing the Way Forward – David Lorimer