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A psychiatrist’s perspective on dissociation and complexity

A psychiatrist’s perspective on dissociation and complexity

Listening | Psychiatry | 2022-07-24

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Today’s article is a master class on dissociation, from the field of psychiatry. It breaks down the complexity of this phenomenon, and shows us that it is a much more common process in life than is generally thought. Furthermore, when observed in the realm of mind and then extrapolated beyond to consciousness as a whole, it allows for a better understanding of the fundamental premise at the heart of analytic idealism. Dr. Perch’s original article can be found hereThe Essentia Readings podcast is available on all major platforms.

The world as cognitive construct

The world as cognitive construct

Listening | Psychology | 2022-06-19

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Today’s article examines our decidedly limited mental representation of the world, and how it is fundamentally linked to the systems of meaning available to us, to our perceptual constructs. It lays out incredible data to show just how much and in how many ways our perception can be manipulated, and the role we often take in our own delusion. It goes on to explore the broader semiotic power of deeper levels of consciousness and how they could play an important role in communications with alien realms. Prof. Petrenko’s original article can be found hereThe Essentia Readings podcast is available on all major platforms.

Is the human brain a model of the universe? Read and commented on by Nadia Hassan

Is the human brain a model of the universe? Read and commented on by Nadia Hassan

Listening | Cosmology | 2022-05-12

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The article Nadia Hassan reads today (written original here) presents documented similarities between the human brain and the cosmos, and poses the question: can either be modeled after the other? This very exciting possibility might allow as of yet undiscovered truths about both realms, and bring us closer to the Holy Grail of modern physics, the Theory of Everything. Check out other episodes of the Essentia Readings podcast.

Check out Melvin Felton’s recent book, Universe Within

The Three Minds, read and commented on by Nadia Hassan

The Three Minds, read and commented on by Nadia Hassan

Listening | Medicine | 2022-04-10

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The article Nadia Hassan reads today shines an important light on the field of medicine, allopathic medicine in particular, and questions the largely biomedical approach underpinning mainstream practice. It argues for a more connected and balanced view, one in which the role of mind is paramount in understanding illness, and the process of healing. The original article can be found here. For all episodes of the Essentia Readings podcast, and links to its servers and platforms, check out the website.

The Collapse

The Collapse

Listening | Physics | 2022-03-13

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In episode 2 of our Reality Reminded podcast, Hans Busstra and his guest, physicist Dr. Markus Müller of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, achieve the near impossible: to make Quantum Mechanics intuitively understandable, while remaining true to it. Dr. Müller discusses the outlines of his theory, which we consider to be the most profound, sober, intellectually honest and promising approach to quantum theory today: we must start from a first-person perspective and predict what we will see next, as opposed to the metaphysical presupposition that physics is about an external, objective physical universe with standalone existence. If truly understood, as this episode attempts to help you do, his views are as compelling as its implications are world-changing.

The ethics of Idealism, read and discussed

The ethics of Idealism, read and discussed

Listening | Ethics | 2022-02-02

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In today’s Mid-Week Nugget, we have episode 6 of Essentia Foundation’s ever more popular podcast, Essentia Readings, by host Nadia Hassan. She reads and discusses Dr. Asher Walden’s, The ethics of Idealism. Enjoy!

Welcome back everyone! Today’s article is a fascinating deep dive into the subject of morality and the neurological mechanics of our joint human condition. It is an eye-opening presentation of how we actually relate to each other, and what this could mean for the future of our collective consciousness. Join me, for a fittingly wholesome start to the year.

Nadia Hassan reads ‘Re-thinking identity: Children’s experiences of self’

Nadia Hassan reads ‘Re-thinking identity: Children’s experiences of self’

Listening | Psychology | 2021-12-12

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In the best episode of ‘Essentia Readings’ yet, Nadia Hassan introduces us to her young niece, a child who is aware, during sleep, of the fact that she is asleep. This suggests that our original, natural sense of self and consciousness, before culture tells us how to think about both, is much different than our adult understanding. The original essay by Dr. Thomas can be found here.

Nadia Hassan reads, ‘Near-Death Experiences during cardiac arrest’

Nadia Hassan reads, ‘Near-Death Experiences during cardiac arrest’

Listening | Medicine | 2021-11-07

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In the fourth episode of the Essentia Readings podcast (available for free on all major platforms), Nadia Hassan reads Dr. Pim van Lommel’s Near-Death Experiences during cardiac arrest, a half-hour of fascinating material.

Today’s article delves into a phenomenon that has been largely dismissed. One’s position regarding these events tends to encapsulate a person’s view on the fundamental nature of life, as it deals with its apparent end: death, or a close brush with it. We’ll be looking at the scientific research into the phenomena of NDE’s (Near Death Experiences) and what this can tell us about human consciousness as a whole.

Reality Reminded, a podcast like no other!

Reality Reminded, a podcast like no other!

Listening | Journalism

Hans Busstra | 2021-10-24

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We are exceedingly happy to be launching the Reality Reminded podcast today, with acclaimed Dutch documentary filmmaker Hans Busstra. Could it be that we have ‘un’minded reality and now need to ‘re’mind it? This is a show like no other, in that each episode covers a specific theme, as opposed to a specific interviewee; the listening experience has an almost visual feel to it; and the content covered is more akin to an ongoing television documentary than a podcast. And best of all, it’s all FREE.

In Reality Reminded, I share my research for a new documentary about metaphysical idealism. In this first episode, I take you back to what first fired my interest in idealism: my fascination with conscious artificial intelligence. Diving into the idea of spiritual machines, I found myself stumbling upon metaphysical and mathematical problems that point away from materialism.

Could it be that we’ve ‘un’minded reality and now need to ‘re’mind it?

This first episode features archival footage from Ray Kurzweil and Yuval Noah Harari, and exclusive interviews with Meghan O’ Ghieblyn, Jeffrey J. Kripal and Roger Penrose.

Nadia Hassan reads ‘What is consciousness?’

Nadia Hassan reads ‘What is consciousness?’

Listening | Neuroscience | 2021-10-17

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In the third episode of the Essentia Readings podcast (available for free on all major directories), Nadia Hassan reads Dr. Gerald Woerlee’s What is consciousness? A half-hour of fascinating material that may surprise you.

Today’s article poses the million-dollar question: “What is consciousness”? A much debated matter among academics, scientists, and thinkers the world over for centuries, but the burning curiosity germinates in us all and from quite a young age, as soon as we start to wonder who we are, why we’re here, and every other run of the mill existential question. Answers to these questions have been attempted by the religious, the atheist, sometimes by the downright eccentric. Many people look to science and today’s author comes from the world of medicine. What can neuroscience tell us about the nature of consciousness? Let’s find out.