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The Weekend University aims to make the best psychology lectures available to the general public.

To do this, we organise 'lecture days', on the last Sunday of each month, where you get a full day of talks from leading psychologists, university professors and authors.

This podcast features in-depth interviews with our speakers, so you can learn more about their work.

For more information, please see: http://theweekenduniversity.com

The Weekend University Making the best psychology lecturers available to the general public.

    • Society & Culture

The Weekend University aims to make the best psychology lectures available to the general public.

To do this, we organise 'lecture days', on the last Sunday of each month, where you get a full day of talks from leading psychologists, university professors and authors.

This podcast features in-depth interviews with our speakers, so you can learn more about their work.

For more information, please see: http://theweekenduniversity.com

    Donald Hoffman & Anil Seth - New Frontiers in the Science of Consciousness

    Donald Hoffman & Anil Seth - New Frontiers in the Science of Consciousness

    To access our conference library of 200+ fascinating psychology talks and interviews (with certification), please visit: https://twumembers.com

    Prof. Donald Hoffman is Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, and the author of over 100 scientific papers and three books, including Visual Intelligence, and The Case Against Reality.

    Prof. Anil Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, where he is also Director of the Sussex Centre for Consciousness Science. His new book: Being You has won several awards and was a Sunday Times Bestseller.

    This conversation explores parallels in their theories of consciousness but also the areas where their thinking diverges.

    The topics covered include:

    — How the reality we experience every day is an illusion

    — Whether or not artificial intelligence will ever become conscious

    — Mathematical proof that the space-time paradigm is doomed and the early research investigating what might be underneath.

    — The practical implications of Donald’s and Anil’s theories - both for society and for every day life.

    And more.

    You can learn more about Anil’s work at https://anilseth.com/ and follow Donald on X at @donalddhoffman.

    Anil’s book: https://bit.ly/3Sw0Ogp

    Donald’s book: https://bit.ly/3SCwTTA

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    Prof. Donald Hoffman, PhD received his PhD from MIT, and joined the faculty of the University of California, Irvine in 1983, where he is a Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Sciences. He is an author of over 100 scientific papers and three books, including Visual Intelligence, and The Case Against Reality. He received a Distinguished Scientific Award from the American Psychological Association for early career research, the Rustum Roy Award of the Chopra Foundation, and the Troland Research Award of the US National Academy of Sciences. His writing has appeared in Edge, New Scientist, LA Review of Books, and Scientific American and his work has been featured in Wired, Quanta, The Atlantic, and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. You can watch his TED Talk titled “Do we see reality as it is?” and you can follow him on Twitter @donalddhoffman.

    Anil Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, and the Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. He is a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, and a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Professor Seth is Editor-in-Chief of Neuroscience of Consciousness, sits on the steering group and advisory board of the Human Mind Project, and was President of the British Science Association Psychology Section in 2017.

    He is the author of 'Being You" (https://amzn.to/3E4PI8K), the co-author of the ‘30 Second Brain’, and contributes regularly to a variety of media including New Scientist, The Guardian, and the BBC. His 2017 TED talk has been viewed more than 9 million times. Professor Seth’s research bridges neuroscience, mathematics, artificial intelligence, computer science, psychology, philosophy and psychiatry. He has also worked extensively with playwrights, dancers and other artists to shape a truly humanistic view of consciousness and self.

    You can keep up to date with his work at http://www.anilseth.com.

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    Interview Links:

    — Prof Hoffman’s profile: http://www.cogsci.uci.edu/~ddhoff

    — Prof Hoffman’s book: https://bit.ly/3SCwTTA

    — Prof Seth’s website: http://www.anilseth.com/

    — Prof Seth’s book: https://bit.ly/3Sw0Ogp

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Becoming a Multidimensional Thinker - Ken Wilber

    Becoming a Multidimensional Thinker - Ken Wilber

    To access our conference library of 200+ fascinating psychology talks and interviews (with certification), please visit: https://twumembers.com

    Described as “The Einstein of Consciousness”, Ken Wilber is a fascinating character, who began a zen meditation practice at the age of 11. An intellectual prodigy as a child, Wilber briefly attended Duke University, before dropping out to immerse himself in a rigorous and multidisciplinary self-education. With an IQ of 175, he is the most published philosopher alive, and his 25 books have been translated into 30 languages.

    His work attempts to integrate all fields of human knowledge into one “theory of everything”, which he calls Integral Theory. This draws connections between fields as far ranging as: systems theory, evolutionary biology, anthropology, quantum mechanics, Jungian psychology, neuroscience, sociology, and eastern mysticism. I could go on, but I think you get the picture.

    One of the core frameworks in Wilber’s Integral Theory is The 4 Quadrants, which this interview focuses on. If you’re interested in a “deeper dive” after listening to this, you can learn more about Ken’s work by going to https://integrallife.com.

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    Ken Wilber, a visionary thinker of inspired genius, is the developer of an integral “theory of everything” that embraces the truths of all the world’s great spiritual, scientific, and philosophical traditions. He is the most widely translated academic writer in America, with 25 books translated into some 30 foreign languages. Ken Wilber currently lives in Denver, Colorado, and is still active as a philosopher, author, and teacher, with all of his major publications still in print. Often referred to as the"Einstein of consciousness studies", Ken Wilber is a preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development.

    He is also the founder of the Integral Institute, which is the first organization fully dedicated to advancement and application of the Integral Approach in relation to contemporary global issues. It was formed in collaboration with over 200 scholars and experts, specializing in education, politics, business, medicine, psychology, spirituality, as well as, law and criminal justice. In 2007 Wilber co-founded Integral Life, a social media-hub dedicated to sharing the integral vision with the world wide community, as well as documenting and catalyzing the progress of the integral movement.

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    Interview Links:

    — Ken’s website: https://integrallife.com/who-is-ken-wilber

    — Ken’s books: https://amzn.to/3uJYx9a

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Consciousness, Psychedelics, & Psychological Flexibility - Dr Steven Hayes & Dr Matthew Johnson

    Consciousness, Psychedelics, & Psychological Flexibility - Dr Steven Hayes & Dr Matthew Johnson

    To access our conference library of 200+ fascinating psychology talks and interviews (with certification), please visit: https://twumembers.com

    Professor Steven Hayes and Professor Matthew Johnson.

    Although they work in widely different fields, with Matt being a leading researcher in psychedelics at John Hopkins, and Steve being the co-developer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, both have reached similar conclusions about the psychological processes underneath mental health and wellbeing - so I thought it might be interesting to bring them together for this conversation.

    You’ll learn:

    — How a behaviourist perspective has been advantageous for Matt and Steve in their research

    — How and why psychedelics may promote “psychological flexibility”

    — Steve and Matt’s thoughts on the origins of spirituality

    — Their views on consciousness and the “hard problem”.

    And more.

    You can follow Matt on X @Drug_Researcher and learn more about Steven’s work by going to https://stevenchayes.com. You can also check out the PsychFlex App by visiting: https://psychflex.com/signup.

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    Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. The author of forty-three books and more than six hundred scientific articles, he has served as president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and is one of the most cited psychologists in the world. Dr. Hayes initiated the development of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and of Relational Frame Theory (RFT), the approach to cognition on which ACT is based. Most recently, he has been focused on developing Process Based Therapy along with Prof Stefan Hofmann.

    Dr. Matthew W. Johnson, PhD, is a distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. He is internationally renowned for his prolific research on the human effects of psychedelics and his groundbreaking work in the behavioral economics of drug use, addiction, and risk behavior. In 2008, Dr. Johnson published psychedelic safety guidelines, contributing to the resurgence of psychedelic research. He led groundbreaking studies on the psychedelic treatment of tobacco addiction and cancer distress, as well as investigating psilocybin for opioid dependence and PTSD. Dr. Johnson’s research extends beyond psychedelics, with influential studies on various psychoactive substances. As President of the International Society for Research on Psychedelics and a respected NIH-funded Principal Investigator, he continues to be a leading figure in the field.

    Learn more at www.hopkinsmedicine.org/profiles/details/matthew-johnson.

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    Interview Links:

    — Dr Hayes' website - https://stevenchayes.com/

    — Dr Hayes' books - https://amzn.to/3MQlJbV

    — Dr Johnson's Profile - http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/profiles/details/matthew-johnson

    — Dr Johnson's Twitter - https://twitter.com/drug_researcher?lang=en

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Neuroscience, Near Death Experiences, & How God Changes the Brain - Dr Andrew Newberg

    Neuroscience, Near Death Experiences, & How God Changes the Brain - Dr Andrew Newberg

    To access our conference library of 200+ fascinating psychology talks and interviews (with certification), please visit: https://twumembers.com

    Dr Andrew Newberg is a neuroscientist and one of the world’s leading researchers exploring the relationship between neuroscience and spirituality.

    His research includes taking brain scans of people in prayer, meditation, rituals, and trance states, in an attempt to better understand the nature of religious and spiritual experiences.

    He has published over 250 peer reviewed articles and 14 books. His work has been featured in Time, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, and he was listed as one of the 30 most influential neuroscientists alive today by the Online Psychology Degree Guide.

    In this conversation, we explore:

    — Studies exploring the relationship between mass meditations and crime rate

    — Near death experiences

    — Dr Newberg’s views on consciousness

    — The extent to which we can say that religious and spiritual experiences cause physical changes in the brain

    — The link between spirituality and mental health.

    And more.

    You can learn more about Dr Newberg’s research and books by visiting: http://www.andrewnewberg.com.

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    Dr Andrew Nerberg is a neuroscientist, author, Professor, and the Research Director in the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He studies how brain function is associated with various mental states, and is a pioneer in the neurological study of religious and spiritual experiences – a field known as “neurotheology.” Dr Newberg’s research has included brain scans of people in prayer, meditation, rituals, and trance states, as well as surveys of people’s spiritual experiences and attitudes. He has also evaluated the relationship between religious or spiritual phenomena and health, and the effect of meditation on memory. He believes that it is important to keep science rigorous, and religion religious. You can learn more about Dr Newberg’s work at: http://www.andrewnewberg.com

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    Links:

    - Dr Andrew’s website: http://www.andrewnewberg.com

    - Dr Andrew’s books: https://amzn.to/3uIAC4F

    • 59 min
    Chairwork: A Radical Approach to Healing - Dr Scott Kellogg and Amanda Garcia Torres LMHC

    Chairwork: A Radical Approach to Healing - Dr Scott Kellogg and Amanda Garcia Torres LMHC

    To access our conference library of 200+ fascinating psychology talks and interviews (with certification), please visit: https://twumembers.com

    Dr Scott Kellogg and Amanda Garcia Torres are co-directors of the Chairwork Psychotherapy Initiative - an innovative therapy training organisation which empowers mental health professionals to integrate chairwork with their therapeutic approach. I attended one of their trainings in September 2023 and it was incredibly powerful, turning over many of the assumptions I held about how therapy should be done.

    In this conversation, we explore:

    — The therapeutic benefits of viewing human beings as containing multiple different parts

    — The two origins of the inner critic and why it may be behind the vast majority of mental health problems

    — How chairwork can be applied to heal addiction, trauma, and a wide range of issues.

    — How this approach helps to create space and distance internally from maladaptive coping parts that may be having a negative effect in our lives.

    And more.

    You can learn more about Scott and Amanda’s work by going to https://www.chairworkpsychotherapy.com/.

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    Amanda Garcia Torres, LMHC is a certified Chairwork Psychotherapist and Co-Director of Training at the Transformational Chairwork Psychotherapy Project. Ms. Garcia Torres received her Master’s Degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University and has also completed training in Voice Dialogue. She began her journey with TCPP in 2013 and has trained clinicians in NYC and internationally. Her presentations and writings have addressed such topics as chairwork, trauma, social justice, oppression, and identity issues. Ms. Garcia Torres is in private practice at Chairwork Therapy NYC.

    Scott Kellogg, PhD is the author of Transformational Chairwork: Using Psychotherapeutic Dialogues in Clinical Practice (2015, Rowman & Littlefield). He is a former Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at New York University and a Past-President of Division of Addictions of the New York State Psychological Association. An ISST-certified Advanced Schema Therapist, he has also trained in Gestalt Therapy and Voice Dialogue. Dr. Kellogg currently runs a chairwork-centered private practice in New York City. Through the Transformational Chairwork Psychotherapy Project, he has taught this method of psychotherapeutic dialogue to practitioners in the United States and abroad.

    Interview Links:

    — Amanda’s website: https://chairworktherapynyc.com

    — Dr Kellogg’s website: http://transformationalchairwork.com/about/about-scott-kellogg

    — Amanda’s latest article: https://bit.ly/transformational-chair

    — Dr Kellogg’s latest article: https://bit.ly/APA-Psychnet

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Jung, Free Will, Synchronicity, Religion, & Paths to Transcendence - Dr Bernardo Kastrup, PhD

    Jung, Free Will, Synchronicity, Religion, & Paths to Transcendence - Dr Bernardo Kastrup, PhD

    To access our conference library of 200+ fascinating psychology talks and interviews (with certification), please visit: https://twumembers.com

    Dr Bernardo Kastrup is a philosopher, author and the Director of the Essentia Foundation. He is the author of several books, including “Jung’s Metaphysics”, “Why Materialism is Baloney”, and “More Than Allegory”.

    In this conversation, we explore:

    — Bernardo’s thoughts on free will

    — The major differences between the eastern mind and the western mind.

    — Why engaging with the religious tradition of our upbringing can be the most direct path to transcendent meaning

    — How psychedelics have impacted Bernardo

    — Carl Jung’s concept of synchronicity and what this reveals about the nature of our world.

    And more.

    You can learn more about his work by going to https://www.bernardokastrup.com or https://www.essentiafoundation.org. You can also check out their latest videos by going to the Essentia Foundation YouTube channel.

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    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). As a scientist, Bernardo has worked for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Philips Research Laboratories (where the ‘Casimir Effect’ of Quantum Field Theory was discovered). Formulated in detail in many academic papers and books, his ideas have been featured on Scientific American, the Institute of Art and Ideas, the Blog of the American Philosophical Association and Big Think, among others. Bernardo’s most recent book is Science Ideated: The fall of matter and the contours of the next mainstream scientific worldview. For more information, freely downloadable papers, videos, etc., please visit www.bernardokastrup.com.

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    Interview Links:

    — Dr Kastrup’s website: www.bernardokastrup.com

    — Dr Kastrup’s books: https://amzn.to/3fQ4yKv

    • 1 hr 14 min

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