The complete vision of the academy together with its supplements and explanations includes the following:
- At the center of all science stands human consciousness.
- Thus, this posits consciousness as the central and higher-order topic of academic research.
- From this follows an engagement with questions related to consciousness not as an marginal academic phenomenon but rather as the central perspective for all sciences, disciplines, research areas and ultimately all areas of life ("radical perspective of consciousness"). (1)
- Consciousness studies as a form of academic inquiry and as development of human consciousness creates the preconditions and frameworks for all other disciplines and research areas.
- The consistent, systematic and critical application of the perspective of consciousness comprehensively expands science and transforms it from the ground up.
- To this end, we have created an academy for the study of consciousness which aims towards a new and independent "universitas" (2)
- a comprehensive universitas with the radical perspective of consciousness relating to and shaping all spheres of life, since consciousness occurs everywhere and is involved in everything
- conceived as "universitas magistorum et scholarum," i.e. "the community of teachers and students"
- The guideline for every methodical approach of the academy is a critical engagement and skeptical examination of all positions.
- This requires an unprejudiced and systematic pursuit which remains open to each and every position and which proceeds along the scientific methodology of verification and falsification.
The Consciousness Studies Academy pioneers a radical approach to consciousness studies. It desires to contribute to humane lifeworlds and understands itself as an open space for social meeting and exchange as well as a place for individual and collaborative teaching, learning and experimentation.
The practical applications which may be derived from consciousness studies should be able to withstand scientific scrutiny and criticism. The willingness to critically apprehend contradictory statements and findings and to discard one’s own position, if necessary, is deemed a self-evident presupposition.
Footnotes / explanations:
(1) radical: derived from lat. radix, "the root;" radical thus means "to go to the roots"
(2) lat. universitas:
- generally: the whole, the totality, the totality of all things of a whole
- physically / materially: the world, the universe, the totality of things
- socially: the quorum, the guild, the commune, the social community