This groundbreaking course takes you on a mind-expanding journey through the fundamental questions of our time – from the origins of the universe to what consciousness, and the nature of our relationship with reality, might be
Are you fascinated by the ‘big questions’?
This unique online course, which is based on a weekend course of the same name, takes you on a fascinating journey as it explores some of the fundamental questions of our time – before arriving at some convincing and potentially explosive new explanations.
The most stimulating course I've ever done. Why do we have a questioning mind, if not to find the answers?J. Smedley
These new insights are compatible with the latest scientific findings and could have huge implications for mankind – they also throw important light on what the ancient mystics have been saying for centuries about the true nature of reality, and our place in it.
If you’ve been wondering how the universe came into existence, thinking about the ‘hard problem’ of consciousness, puzzling over the mysteries thrown up by quantum science or been intrigued by mystical experiences – this course is for you.
Griffin and Tyrrell’s work soundly rejects the pessimistic reductionist view that the great mysteries about the origin of life, consciousness and time cannot be solved by the human mind.
By extending ideas derived from studies of the brain and human givens psychology they have found plausible answers to the big cosmic questions that physicists, biologists and psychologists are struggling with. Their conclusions hold out fascinating implications, not only for scientific progress but also for seekers after truth everywhere.
This course offers you the opportunity to examine these profound questions alongside them.
This could be the missing link in cosmic and quantum physics… a white knuckle ride through one dazzling, thought-provoking idea after another.Aubrey Davis, Storyteller
What the course investigates
- How the universe appeared from ‘nothing’ in a Big Bang
- Why relationships are so important
- What consciousness is and how it evolved
- How to expand our consciousness further
- Why life is full of ‘meaning’
- How consciousness connects to matter
- Why our universe is so extraordinarily favourable to the evolution of life
- Where the information that created life came from
- Why consciousness will never be pinned down by brain science
- How human consciousness changed over the last 100,000 years
- Why we experience time passing – when physicists say time is an illusion
- What Dark Matter and Dark Energy might be
- The function of mysticism
- What ‘self-development’ really means
- Can our individual consciousness survive death?
- And, if so, in what circumstances might that happen?
This online course is derived from a 2-day weekend workshop entitled ‘Delving Deeper: Exploring consciousness and your relationship to reality’ which people travelled from across the world to attend.
Fortunately one course was filmed and it is this fascinating material – which includes lively interaction and discussions with the participants – that forms the basis of this ‘Exploring Consciousness’ online course.
As some of the concepts in the lectures and discussions are quite subtle and/or very new, we’ve split the course into 21 sections (see ‘Course programme‘) so that you can take your time to absorb and think about the ideas it contains.
Each section consists of a filmed talk, many with additional questions and contributions from the participants. Then, after each film, you will receive review notes of the main ideas covered in that section (original to the online course). These notes were carefully written to stimulate contemplation and discussion among you and your friends, or anyone else doing the course with you.
You also have access to an exclusive discussion forum where you can post your own thoughts, discuss them and other threads with other course participants who are also interested in the ‘big questions’ (Joe and Ivan are also on the forum).
You can spend as long as you like making your way through the course, thinking about the points and ideas raised, and it is easy to review any film or section again should you wish to. In fact, as the content is so rich, we heartily recommend this.
How the course was developed
Griffin and Tyrrell worked together for many years on improving the understanding and treatment of mental illness. They originated the Human Givens approach to psychotherapy, education and psychology, which has been shown to hugely improve the delivery of psychological interventions, and their mental health courses and numerous books have helped tens of thousands of distressed people.
At the same time, they continued to pursue their mutual life-long interest in resolving the hardest question in science – the mystery of consciousness. Their extensive research led them to think about other questions too, such as a meaningful way to understand time, how the universe appeared, quantum entanglement, and what mysticism is for – if anything.
Their drive to understand led to years spent studying, researching and thinking about the relevant scientific research and latest theories in various fields (from neuroscience to quantum physics), as well as seeing what the ancient wisdom traditions might have to tell us.
Eventually their work and dedication resulted in the publication of ‘Godhead: The Brain’s Big Bang‘ – a book about the explosive origin of creativity, mysticism and mental illness and what that meant for our current understanding about the nature of mind and matter.
Magisterial… a grand multi-disciplinary meditation… a gorgeous spell of reflection of the Big Bang and the organization of the universe cast in a fascinating mix of the findings of quantum physics and the intuitions of mysticism… a cascade of every conundrum of our mysterious universe that has baffled the human mind down the millennia.Professor A.V. Ashok
His view was echoed by many others who wanted an opportunity to get together to explore the valuable ideas it contained – the result was a series of private weekend courses on consciousness, science and spirituality that were run in the UK and Dublin.
It covered an amazing amount of history, archaeology, psychology, physics and mysticism and pulled them all together in the most powerful and convincing way. I don't think I will ever look at life, the universe and our part in it in quite the same way again.Maggie Gibson, Designer and mother
Clearly lays out the appropriate meeting points of physics, psychology, anthropology, myth and religion, and how they weave together to explain our evolution and potential future… a practical tool for anyone who sincerely wishes to know how one 'ticks' and better understand his or her own purpose in this life.John Bell, Diplomat
A very thought provoking, enriching and enlightening experience. Sharing ideas and concepts with people on the course who are also searching and making connections provided me with the energy to move on.School Teacher