Beyond Physicalism: Yes, but to What? | Edward Kelly

Edward F. Kelly is a Professor in the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) at UVA. He received his Ph.D. in psycholinguistics/cognitive science from Harvard in 1971, and spent the next 15-plus years working mainly in experimental parapsychology.

Summary: Ed Kelly will briefly sketch the 20+-year project that has so far resulted in Irreducible Mind (2007), Beyond Physicalism (2015), and Consciousness Unbound (2021). Collectively, these books have contributed to the ongoing erosion of support for physicalism – the still-predominant worldview among mainstream biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists and social scientists (as well as humanistic scholars including scholars of religion, and the opinion elites of “advanced” societies worldwide) – and begun to identify at least in broad outline form the contours of an improved science-based worldview or conceptual framework or metaphysics that can better accommodate a wide range of exceptional but humanly vital phenomena including genius, mystical experience, and the various forms of psi.


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Published on July 25, 2023