Awareness VS. Consciousness

This is a video of a talk I gave recently at the Society for Consciousness Studies Conference at Yale/TGI. I posted my notes prior to the Conference in a recent blog. It was a real honor to be asked to speak and I am particularly grateful to organizer Allan Combs for his interest and support. Thanks also to Steve Mitchell for the video, as well as for all the organizing he did for the Conference. “Consciousness is a word worn smooth by a million tongues. Depending on the figure of speech chosen it is a state of being, m a… Read More

Society for Consciousness Studies Conference 2017

I will be appearing at The Society for Consciousness Studies Conference 4pm on June 3 at The Graduate Institute in New Haven. Here is Part One of my address at the Conference in 2015. And here is preview of my notes for next Saturday’s presentation. (It could change, but probably not much.)   Presentation: “Finding You in a World of It”   Rick Barrett Notes: Society for Consciousness Studies Conference, June 3, 2017 Yale University/The Graduate Institute, New Haven, CT     “The nameless was there before the sky and the earth were born. The named is the mother of… Read More

Time: Inside is Outside

Nunc fluens facit tempus, nunc stans facit aeternitatum. (The now that passes produces time, the now that remains produces eternity.) ― Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy It is easy to get caught up in the idea that time is a commodity (“Time is money”) or this crushing monolithic entity that inexorably devours our lives (“For our allotted time is the passing of a shadow, and there is no return from our death, because it is sealed up and no one turns back.” Book of Wisdom) Others blithely dismiss it with, “Time is an illusion,” as they check their smartphones to… Read More

Rick and Jonathan Rock the SCS Conference at Yale

The Society for Consciousness Studies is a professional scholarly organization that honors quality in all authentic scholarly and practicing traditions. It also celebrates the many dimensions of the liberal arts that are embraced and enriched by the study of consciousness. This conference is sponsored by the Center for Consciousness Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in cooperation with The Graduate Institute of CT and Yale University. I cribbed the above from their website. It says it all. Except the part where my good friend Jonathan Bricklin and I were invited to present to this impressive group. It is organized by the wonderful Allan… Read More

Scientific and Medical Network Reviews Finding You in a World of It

Finding You in a World of It just received a very positive review from England’s Network Review, the Journal of the Scientific and Medical Network. This is a organization of cutting edge thinkers that includes the likes of Rupert Sheldrake, Ervin Laszlo, Lawrence LeShan, Karl Pribram, and astronaut Edgar Mitchell. It is an honor to be considered by this visionary group. Here is the review from the current issue. Light-hearted Wisdom David Lorimer FINDING YOU IN A WORLD OF IT Living Matrix Publications, 2014, 175 pp., $16.99 p/b –ISBN 978-0-9960-58858 Years ago in Cambridge, a friend gave me a copy… Read More