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October 17, 2020
11:00 am (US Pacific Time)
Both science and philosophy have traditionally conceived of the self as though it were separate from the world. Italian philosopher, psychologist, and AI engineer Riccardo Manzotti asks us to consider consciousness in a radical new way: Our conscious experience is actually one and the same with the external world.
In his Spread Mind Theory, Riccardo asserts that we are the starry sky, the clouds, a rainbow, trees, people, even simple objects such as an apple or a stone. We are not inside our bodies, we are out there, in the world. Perceiving is being.
In this unique conversation, I join Riccardo as he offers an exploration of the nature of consciousness and our everyday life through Spread Mind Theory.
I am a scientifically oriented philosopher of consciousness with a focus on mind transformation that builds on the teachings and practices of Asian wisdom traditions directed to states of awakening. Through teaching and facilitation, I lead explorations in the self-evolution of human consciousness in half a dozen countries around the world. My work draws on several Eastern spiritual traditions and contemporary theories of mind from the cognitive sciences. I am currently synthesizing in my research the transformative meditation praxis of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness with theories of dynamical systems, extended mind, and predictive coding. I have also been active in the visual and media arts with a career in higher education in executive management and as a faculty member at the State University of New York (SUNY). My work as a practicing artist in films and new-media collaborations with musicians and composers has been shown in art museums and galleries, film festivals, and in live concerts in the US and abroad. Originally from France, I currently live in New York.