Mind in the Cosmos: The Evolution of Consciousness

Mind in the Cosmos: The Evolution of Consciousness


Our culture’s dominant cosmology story describes a universe beginning with a big bang about 14 billion years ago—a cosmos without the slightest trace of mind or consciousness, made up entirely of objective physical stuff.

According to this story, mind is a late-arrival on the cosmic scene, a mysterious by-product of complex brains. The rest of the cosmos, we are told, is a mindless display of galaxies and stars.

In this course, we will open up to a different cosmology where cosmos and consciousness have coexisted all along.
We will closely examine the mysterious relationship between mind and matter from the perspectives of four major worldviews—dualism, materialism, idealism, and panpsychism—and will focus on the “most likely” story that can account for mind in the cosmos.

A key guide on our journey will be philosopher and mathematician Arthur M. Young, and his seven-stage model of the evolution of consciousness.


Your professor for this course:

Christian de Quincey, Ph.D. – Philosophy and Religion, California Institute of Integral Studies.
Professor of Philosophy and Consciousness Studies, John F. Kennedy University; and Dean of Consciousness Studies at University of Philosophical Research.

Author: Radical Nature: The Soul of Matter;
Radical Knowing: Understanding Consciousness through Relationship;
Deep Spirit: Cracking the Noetic Code,
Consciousness from Zombies to Angels.

His work is featured at http://www.ChristiandeQuincey.com