The Flicker Filter Model of ConsciousnesswithImants Barušs

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Imants Barušs is Professor of Psychology at King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is author of The Personal Nature of Notions of Consciousness: A Theoretical and Empirical Examination of the Role of the Personal in the Understanding of Consciousness, Science as a Spiritual Practice, Alterations of Consciousness: An Empirical Analysis for Social Scientists, and Authentic Knowing: The Convergence of Science and Spiritual Aspiration. He is coauthor, with Julia Mossbridge, of Transcendent Mind: Revisioning the Science of Consciousness.

Here he describes the two main elements of the Flicker Filter model of consciousness. The “flicker” is related to Julian Barbour’s notion that time itself consists of discrete “now” moments. He proposes that these moments are mysteriously held together by fields of meaning that exist within a larger consciousness, not embedded within time. This model allows for all of the phenomena reported in the parapsychological literature. It also eliminates many of the faulty notions that Barušs associates with materialist or physicalist ontologies.

(Recorded on December 11, 2018)

Published on December 15, 2018


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