Debating materialism at Sages & Scientists 2014

Logo of the Sages and Scientists conference.

As many of you know, last August I gave a talk and participated in a panel at the Sages & Scientists Symposium in Carlsbad, California. This is an extraordinarily interesting and balanced event, where most sides of the metaphysical spectrum are represented. Deepak Chopra envisioned and hosts the event every year. Carolyn Rangel, of the Chopra Foundation, masterfully puts it all together and runs it. The result is unique and that weekend will stay with me for years. Sages and Scientists surely deserves a lot more coverage than it gets. It's an example of the kind of thing we desperately need more of in our culture.

Here is the video of my brief talk. It works well as a general and easy overview of my philosophy, very accessible to any lay person:

And here is an edited, shortened version of the "Science and Consciousness" panel held in the first evening of the event. I trust you will find much to think about in this discussion involving some of the world's best known and most respected materialists and non-materialists (plus little-me in the middle!).

The participants, sitting from left to right, were: Neil Theise, Stuart HameroffRudy TanziHenry Stapp, myself, Menas KafatosErhard SeilerLeonard Mlodinow, and Michael Shermer. Deepak moderated it.

My most sincere thanks go to Deepak and Carolyn for making it all possible, for giving me the privilege to participate, and for authorizing the video uploads above!