Dr Bernardo Kastrup is the executive director of Essentia Foundation. His work has been leading the modern renaissance of metaphysical idealism, the notion that reality is essentially mental. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy (ontology, philosophy of mind) and another Ph.D. in computer engineering (reconfigurable computing, artificial intelli
Dr Bernardo Kastrup is the executive director of Essentia Foundation. His work has been leading the modern renaissance of metaphysical idealism, the notion that reality is essentially mental. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy (ontology, philosophy of mind) and another Ph.D. in computer engineering (reconfigurable computing, artificial intelligence)
Thank You: Bernardo had discussions with children, answering their big questions
Dr Elaine Finkelstein is a registered clinical psychologist, is the founder of TELERF, a foundation that researches non-ordinary transformative experiences, particularly those associated with the end of life.
Thank You: Elaine has developed a guide for adults and carers to support children who have anomalous experiences
Dr Steve Taylor is an International Author, Speaker and Chair of the British Psychological Society 'Transpersonal Section'.
Thank You: Steve has wrote a selection of poetry for children and young people
Dr Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author best known for his hypothesis of morphic resonance. Dr Sheldrake studies the sense of being stared at and non-local mind in everyday people and animals
Thank You: Rupert has advised on researching experiences with young people and families and supported research on 'being' connected
Dr Anoop Kumar has spent the last several years speaking around the world, writing books, and encouraging audiences to rethink consciousness and unveil a more complete experience of life that also informs solutions to real-world problems. Anoop communicates his vision through the lens of the Three Minds–a framework inspired by Advaita V
Dr Anoop Kumar has spent the last several years speaking around the world, writing books, and encouraging audiences to rethink consciousness and unveil a more complete experience of life that also informs solutions to real-world problems. Anoop communicates his vision through the lens of the Three Minds–a framework inspired by Advaita Vedanta that places consciousness at the heart of reality.
Thank You: Anoop is involved in discussions about self and anomalous experiences, helping to create new ways to think about them
Essentia Foundation aims at communicating, in an accurate yet accessible way, the latest analytic and scientific indications that metaphysical materialism is fundamentally flawed. Essentia Foundation identifies and helps to promote scientific and philosophical work relevant to metaphysical idealism or nondualism. As such, we can be regarded as an information hub
The USEN network has developed from our research and is a collaborative venture between young people, practitioners and their families.
Together we aim to develop a better understanding of USEs through co-production and interdisciplinary working. We hope to explore choices for support for young people and families through direct involvement in the development and decision processes. And we want the USEN network to have young people and their allies at the centre of every stage of our research.
The world today is dominated by science and by its underlying assumptions, which are seldom explicitly articulated. The Galileo Commission’s remit is to open public discourse and to find ways to expand science so that it can accommodate and explore important human experiences and questions that science, in its present form, is unable to integrate.
A conversation with Aaron from the Mourning Talk Show about children, consciousness and the self
A presentation of a pilot study, Who am I: Exploring the Nature of Self, Experience and Reality with Children and Young People
A discussion between Anoop Kumar and Donna Thomas about the similarities between children's experiences of self and the three minds model developed by Anoop
A presentation given at the British Psychological Society Consciousness and Experiential Section: Children in Crisis and ontology
An interview with Professor Aidan Worsley about a new paper 'Who am I: Reauthoring self, subjectivity and stories in research with children, Global Studies of Childhood
A conversation with Anthony Peake , Ed Gilchrist and Dr Natalie Tobert about children and young adults anomalous experiences
Donna Thomas is an Independent Researcher and holds a Research Fellow position at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. Donna has a background in Linguistics, Language and Literature Studies and has researched with children and young people for the past 18 years. Developing innovative ways to conduct research 'with' children and creating children as researcher programmes. Donna's research interests are self, experience and the nature of reality. The programme of work Donna has developed aims to bring attention to, and challenge conventional ideas about being human and the nature of the world. A key focus is children's 'anomalous' experiences - looking at what they can reveal about who we are.
Donna is interested in bringing about change to how children and young people's experiences are understood by adults, in response to a current 'mental health crisis' for children in the Western World. Donna has published academic and public interest articles and is working with children and young people to bring this information to our younger generation. Her book (co-authored with Dr Deborah Crook) will be published in 2022. The book 'Self and Subjectivity in Social Research' aims to develop a fresh way of researching with people. From a different understanding about the mystery of being human and reality. Donna is a professional affiliate of the Galileo Commission, a member of the Centre for Children and Young People's Participation (UK) and the Scientific and Medical Network. She has presented at the British Psychological Society Transpersonal Section (2018), The Science of Consciousness Conference (2020) and the BPS Consciousness and Experiential Section (2019 - awarded 'Best Paper').