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Limitless life

Seeing | Philosophy

Prof. dr. Jan van der Greef discusses his intellectual journey from childhood polio to life sciences, entrepreneurship, art, and finally to a non-dual relationship with nature at large. Watch his presentation during Essentia Foundation’s 2020 online work conference. You can download images from Limitless Life here. Prof. van de Greef’s artistic statement is also available here.

Prof. van der Greef is internationally known as an innovative scientist, entrepreneur in life sciences and passionate nature photographer. Nature has been the source of inspiration for his pioneering scientific achievements in novel analytical technology and systems biology, revealing the interconnectedness of life. His research at the University of Leiden as professor in Analytical Biosciences has resulted in more than 400 publications and 30 PhD thesis projects. He has been co-founder of several life science companies. His latest research focusses on the novel discovery of light emission from living creatures, including humans. He received prestigious awards such as the Scheele award from the Swedish Academy for Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2005, became doctor honoris causa at Ghent University in 2000, and received several honorary professorships, among others from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research was recognized among the top-ten innovations in China in 2012. Prof. van der Greef is a director of Essential Foundation.

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Recently published

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Fictions and simulations: The case for idealism

A new, creative and compelling argument—even a new type of argument—for idealism is elaborated upon in this long-form essay, which is fluid and easy to read.

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Falling for naive common-sense: Russell and physical realism (The Return of Metaphysics)

The story of our falling for naive physical realism—the notion that we can become directly acquainted with non-mental entities, which are supposed to have standalone existence—in the early 20th century, and how modern thought is now bringing us back to more mature Idealism.

From the archives

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The Three Minds, read and commented on by Nadia Hassan

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.

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The futile search for the non-mental: Derrida’s critique of metaphysics (The Return of Metaphysics)

Jacques Derrida argued that finding some ‘uncontaminated’ presence of reality is impossible, for our experiences are determined by our mental contexts. Yet, perhaps far from refuting metaphysics, Derrida may actually make a case for the recognition that our reality isn’t just contaminated by the mental, but is mental.

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Higher dimensions of consciousness?

In this much anticipated presentation of the ‘Science of Consciousness’ conference 2021, dr. Jacob Jolij brings advanced physics and philosophy of mind together, to discuss higher dimensions of consciousness.

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Essays

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Interview with Dr. Iain McGilchrist, on the nature of reality (Part 2)

Here is the second and final part of our interview with Dr. Iain McGilchrist, on the nature of reality. Unmissable!

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Interview with Dr. Iain McGilchrist, on consciousness and its role in nature

Essentia Foundation’s Natalia Vorontsova interviews psychiatrist and author Dr. Iain McGilchrist about his new work, “The Matter with Things,” and the role of consciousness in nature. Unmissable!

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The Three Minds, read and commented on by Nadia Hassan

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.

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The futile search for the non-mental: Derrida’s critique of metaphysics (The Return of Metaphysics)

Jacques Derrida argued that finding some ‘uncontaminated’ presence of reality is impossible, for our experiences are determined by our mental contexts. Yet, perhaps far from refuting metaphysics, Derrida may actually make a case for the recognition that our reality isn’t just contaminated by the mental, but is mental.

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Higher dimensions of consciousness?

In this much anticipated presentation of the ‘Science of Consciousness’ conference 2021, dr. Jacob Jolij brings advanced physics and philosophy of mind together, to discuss higher dimensions of consciousness.

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Videos

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Mind may be older than we think

We may have reasons to believe that life is an intentional work of art; and not a very original one, for it may be based on a form of planetary imitation!

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The Collapse

Hans Busstra and his guest, Dr. Markus Müller, make Quantum Mechanics intuitively understandable, while remaining true to it. They argue that we must start from a first-person perspective and predict what we will see next, as opposed to the metaphysical presupposition of 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.

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Idealism rediscovered (The Return of Metaphysics)

Prof. Paul Redding highlights the recently rediscovered importance of German Idealism, particularly Hegel’s idealism, in articulating solutions to present-day problems.

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