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Being Human in a Conscious Universe, by Bill Meacham

A philosophical lecture and discussion led by Bill Meacham, Ph.D.

The subject of consciousness is quite important because, after all, we are all conscious a good part of the time. If we are to understand ourselves, we need to understand consciousness. In this lecture Austin philosopher and author Bill Meacham will discuss the nature of consciousness, the nature of the universe, and how we as conscious beings can best fit in with the larger picture.

The term "consciousness" can mean lots of things, and can be very misleading. The first part of the lecture will help us get clear on what it is that we are talking about.

The metaphysical theory of Panpsychism -- that everything has a subjective aspect, an aspect that experiences, as well as an objective aspect, an aspect that is experienced -- makes more sense than alternatives such as dualism, materialism or idealism. Consciousness -- or at least awareness of some kind -- is built into the fabric of the universe. The second part of the lecture will explain panpsychism and process-based metaphysics.

Are we all connected into a larger conscious whole? If so, could that be an explanation for seemingly spooky events like intuition, mind reading, remote viewing and other so-called paranormal events? And if we are all connected, what does that say about how we should live our lives? The third part of the lecture will discuss the practical and ethical implications of this profound world view.

After the lecture there will be ample time for discussion.

Sponsored by the Institute for Neuroscience And Consciousness Studies (INACS) and the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), Austin chapter. Free and open to public; $5 donation appreciated.

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  • Randy

    Bill has two attributes that are I rarely find in the same package.
    He's sharp, precise and defined in the best Western academic traditions (and got the credentials to prove it) At the same time he acknowledges the absolute value of the contemplative/wisdom traditions to an understanding of *all and everything*.

    I eagerly awaited this lecture and was not disappointed. It was a
    fast paced introduction to the ideas of Alfred North Whitehead expanded to a total view of everything. Knowing next to nothing abut Whitehead I was riveted. I believe the talk was recorded and will watch it again and recommend the same to others.

    I was a bit perplexed, distressed and fascinated by the realization that there is not universal agreement amoung the great wisdom/contemplative seers. This was not a point made explicit by Bills talk but revealed during the Q/A following the discussion.

    My thanks to INACS and Bill for organizing this event.

    October 19, 2013

  • steven h.

    Excellent presentation. A creative and lively dialog with an excellent teacher.

    October 16, 2013

  • Hilary

    I'll be late due to work.

    October 10, 2013

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