The Deep Truth of Religious MythwithBernardo Kastrup

bernardo kastrup


Bernardo Kastrup, PhD, is a computer scientist. He is author of Rationalist Spirituality, Why Materialism is Baloney, Dreamed Up Reality, Meaning in Absurdity, Brief Peeks Beyond, More Than Allegory, and The Idea of the World. He has published several papers in Scientific American arguing for metaphysical idealism.

Here he maintains that the literal interpretation of religious myths does harm to both the myth and to ourselves. For centuries, people have understood that myths can be meaningful when interpreted metaphorically. However, more than that, religious myths can, and sometimes do, serve as pointers to states of consciousness that transcend the intellect. He compares human mythology to the operating system of a computer. We all have a mythology, even if it is that we have no mythology.

(Recorded on November 21, 2018)

Published on November 23, 2018