A SMALL group of children invited Philosopher and Scientist Bernardo Kastrup to answer some of their BIG questions
Many scientists are now offering new ideas about the nature of the universe and our place in it. What is striking is how children's views about reality matched what these scientists and thinkers are saying.
One child told us that the world is like virtual reality and we are avatars. When we die, we get rebooted! This is familiar to theories such as the 'simulation theory' that proposes we live in an advanced digital construct.
Some children saw the universe as being held by a large being, that wasn't a man or a woman or person. But it held everything and we are part of that. This resonates with idealism philosophies.
Where do children get these ideas from? Well, it seems to be a mix of experience, popular culture and other influences. Just like scientists, children draw from their own experiences, knowledge and intuition to work out what this all means!
Its important to include children and young people in philosophical enquiry, especially if we can appeal to their own experiences.