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What Is Consciousness? Philip Goff On The Nature of Reality & The Science of Mind

By March 6, 2023No Comments
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Episode #740



What is consciousness? Where does it come from? What happens to consciousness when we die? And what is the nature of reality?

It’s time to ask the big questions and tackle the hard problems that have perplexed humanity since the dawn of inquiry.

Our guide for today’s journey is Philip Goff, PhD, a modern philosopher who has devoted his life to better understanding the qualities of reality.

Philip is an associate professor of philosophy at Durham University who specializes in the nature of consciousness. He is a proponent of panpsychism—the controversial theory that everything material in our universe is imbued with some element of individual consciousness—which he beautifully captures in his fascinating book, Galileo’s Error.

For longtime listeners, panpsychism might sound familiar. It’s a topic that I discussed with Annaka Harris way back on RRP #460. After our conversation Annaka introduced me to Philip and his work. Down the rabbit hole I went—and now here we are.

“Nothing is more certain than consciousness, and yet nothing is harder to incorporate into our scientific picture of the world.”


This is a fascinating, awe-inspiring conversation about the science of mind, the nature of reality and consciousness, the meaning of the multiverse, artificial intelligence, and spirituality. A conversation that I must admit began to stretch past the boundary of my intellectual capabilities—but in the most enjoyable way possible.

The visually inclined can watch it all go down on YouTube. And as always, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Warning: this exchange holds the potential to radically change your perception of consciousness and the nature of reality itself.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Peace + Plants,

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