Why Materialism Is Baloney: How True Skeptics Know There Is No Death and Fathom Answers to life, the Universe, and Everything by Bernardo Kastrup

Pub Date: April 25, 2014.

The present framing of the cultural debate in terms of materialism versus religion has allowed materialism to go unchallenged as the only rationally-viable metaphysics. This book seeks to change this. It uncovers the absurd implications of materialism and then, uniquely, presents a hard-nosed non-materialist metaphysics substantiated by skepticism, hard empirical evidence, and clear logical argumentation. It lays out a coherent framework upon which one can interpret and make sense of every natural phenomenon and physical law, as well as the modalities of human consciousness, without materialist assumptions.

According to this framework, the brain is merely the image of a self-localization process of mind, analogously to how a whirlpool is the image of a self-localization process of water. The brain doesn’t generate mind in the same way that a whirlpool doesn’t generate water. It is the brain that is in mind, not mind in the brain. Physical death is merely a de-clenching of awareness. The book closes with a series of educated speculations regarding the afterlife, psychic phenomena, and other related subjects.

Bernardo Kastrup has a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering and has worked as a scientist in some of the world’s foremost research laboratories, including the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Philips Research Laboratories (where the “Casimir Effect” of Quantum Field Theory was discovered).

He has authored many scientific papers and four philosophy books: Rationalist Spirituality, Dreamed up Reality, Meaning in Absurdity, and Why Materialism Is Baloney. This latter book is a grand synthesis of his metaphysical views. Bernardo has also been an entrepreneur and founder of two high-tech businesses. Today, he holds a managerial position in the high-tech industry. In parallel, he maintains a philosophy blog, an audio/video podcast, and continues to develop his ideas about the nature of reality. Bernardo has lived and worked in four different countries across continents. He currently resides in the Netherlands.

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Why Materialism Is Baloney, Book Teaser

Published on Jan 15, 2014

This is a teaser of the upcoming book “Why Materialism Is Baloney,” by Bernardo Kastrup. Book pages:


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  1. K.L.Anderson
    Feb 24, 2014 @ 16:33:36

    In its most sacred valuations the Church turns its back on the material world and seeks the God Within, or the Father Within, which can only be reached through non-attachment or blocking material desires and passions in the material world. Given the strong and essential drives of human nature, the institutions of the Church, which grew up long after the martyrdom of Jesus Christ, often made valiant and even brilliant attempts to rationalize living in the world (think of Aquinas), but the sacred base of complete non-attachment to reproduction, political philosophy, etc., is the central message of Jesus Christ. This non-attachment is not unlike the calls of Buddhism to attain nirvana, which is also seen at the most sacred base of all the revealed religions.

    When the world is religiously forsaken by human beings in its most sacred religious valuations the world declines. A reaffirmation of this sacred non-attachment by the Church is not the solution to the suicide of the West, it is part of the problem. Is the solution to reject the Church, as so many have done? The solution is to affirm the Twofold Path in which the Evolutionary Outward Path fulfills the Involutionary Inward Path to the Father Within, which was a symbolic-experience of the Godhood reached by evolving in the material world to supermaterial Godhood. This requires sociobiological involvement and engagement with the world. This is an affirmation of theological materialism, this is not a call to destroy the law and the prophets but to fulfill them—this is evolution not revolution.


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