The Conscious Experience

“I teach people that the notion of free will is a myth, and belongs in the same basket as the notion of a flat earth.”

Come along to an exciting talk/workshop and discover how this counterintuitive idea could be so! And discover how knowing this could help you get through the struggles of day-to-day life with greater ease.

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Free will or the next best thing!

Day-to-day it seems like we have free will, it seems like we are constantly making choices about one thing or the other; what to drink, what to wear, what movie to go and see, or avoid. But is this sense of freedom/autonomy real or an illusion?

This workshop will address the following questions:

Do we really make choices?

Do we control reality, or does reality control us?

Do we sculpt and craft our thoughts, or are they automated conscious occurrences?

Is the notion of, 'could have done otherwise,' a myth?

Is blaming others irrational and a process that tends to make us angry?

Would knowing that free will is an illusion help our day-­to-day lives?

2pm Sunday 24th September 2017

The Old School, Hawke St, New Brighton, Christchurch, New Zealand.

(entrance by the zebra crossing opposite the fire station)

No need to book.

Koha appreciated, but not compulsory.

About myself

In the late 70’s I became involved in rock climbing and started a journey of travelling the world to find good places to climb. Climbing led to skiing, paragliding, and mountain biking, which in turn led to guiding scientists in remote regions of Antarctica. In the mid 90’s I started attending personal growth workshops, sitting in on philosophy lectures, and doing some courses in psychotherapy training. This has led to a passion for understanding the conscious experience, which, if nothing else, is mysterious.


Contact information

+64 22 099 6693


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