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the future of Consciousness

Thursday, January 25, 2007
Registration: 18:30-19:00, Conference: 19:00-21:15
Where: EnlightenNext, Oudeschans 46a, 1011 LC Amsterdam
The conference language is English.


"In the Critique of Pure Reason Kant argues that the unity of consciousness cannot be understood in terms of the contents of experience. But he also argues, in effect, that it cannot be understood in terms of the unity of the self as a thing in itself either. This Kantian dilemma has a modern descendant: there are difficulties for both subjective and objective accounts of the unity of consciousness." - Susan L. Hurley, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick (UK)

"The experience of consciousness is entirely subjective. The paradox, however, is that despite the indubitable reality of our subjectivity and thousands of years of philosophical examination, there is little consensus on what consciousness is. Science, with its characteristic third-person method - the objective perspective from the outside - has made strikingly little headway in this understanding." - Dalai Lama

Our speakers are:

Mauk Pieper, Trainer, Coach, Teacher

Cultural development and the development of man as a new more conscious being have to go hand in hand.

Everything we become conscious of is interpreted through our cultural perspective; the values and beliefs of our culture. So whatever we experience is mediated by culture.

One of the models that provides insight in the evolutionary process of cultural development is Spiral Dynamics. Using this model we can recognize where a culture is on the evolutionary ladder of value systems that every culture went through or will have to go through in order to reach a higher stage of development. Looking at Dutch culture in this way shows the stifling individualism, that is such a high value in our culture but of which we are now starting to recognize it is also making further development impossible, individualism will have to be transcended and included.

Arjan Kindermans, EnlightenNext Amsterdam
Transcending and including individualism, how do you do that?

Arjan Kindermans will briefly explain Andrew Cohen's groundbreaking philosophy of Evolutionary Enlightenment which explains the way to a new culture; what do individuals have to do to be available for the development of consciousness and what happens collectively when this new culture emerges, what is it, how does it work? And finally, how does this collective experience become a developmental stage?

George Pór, Founder, CommunityIntelligence Ltd.
What Color is Your Collective Intelligence?

Collective intelligence (CI) is the capacity of human communities to evolve towards higher order complexity and harmony, through such innovation mechanisms as differentiation and integration, competition and collaboration. Communities have different forms of CI in different developmental stages. A form of CI is wiser, more evolved than another if it's driven by an authentic, collective self, rather than a collective ego. Get smarter about telling the difference because CI is both outside and inside you. Learn how to upgrade yours.

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