Thomas Lombardo, PhD, is director of the Center for Future Consciousness in Glendale, Arizona. He is author of Future Consciousness: The Path To Purposeful Evolution; The Evolution of Future Consciousness; Wisdom, Consciousness, and the Future; and Mind Flight: A Journey Into The Future. He is also writing a four volume series, titled Science Fiction: The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future. The first volume will be published in 2018.
Here he describes the philosophical conflict between his intuitive sense that there is an external world and the logical argument of Bishop Berkeley that we can only know our own experience and not the world itself. Pondering this paradox, he says, literally made him dizzy. The logical implication of Berkeley’s philosophy is a position known as solipsism — in which one is compelled to acknowledge the lack of direct evidence that other minds exist at all. This is only an inference we make.
New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is a past vice-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology; and is the recipient of the Pathfinder Award from that Association for his contributions to the field of human consciousness exploration.
(Recorded on October 31, 2017)
Published on November 6, 2017