Bernardo Kastrup’s Why Materialism is Baloney is a brilliant and easy-to-read theory of what reality might actually be. His main point is that mind may be the ground of reality, a point that has also been expressed in Buddhism and other ancient Eastern and indigenous traditions. Kastrup articulates it in very modern and non-mystical terms, however, and shows how this idea is consistent with the most recent developments in physics, including string theory’s M or membrane theory. He also shows how this idea would make easily understandable many preternatural or psychic phenomena, such as telepathy. If each of our individual minds is a kind of whirlpool or knot in the fabric of the larger reality that is the universal consciousness, information can easily travel in waves between us. (Personally, I have seen evidence of this happening quite a lot: for example, it is not uncommon for people to report waking in the middle of the night at the exact moment, they later learn, that someone close to them died.) His discussion shows how materialist science, including neuroscience, has to make terribly convoluted speculations to explain phenomena of everyday experience, while his view (which he calls idealism) is actually the more parsimonious/simple one. I heartily agree with his analysis of why these ideas are excluded from “mainstream” scientific discourse, including in psychology: he says that scientists are overrepresented in the intellectual elite of our current society, at the expense of philosophers, artists, and spiritual leaders. Moreover, and once people achieve membership in that elite, there is a strong pressure to enforce the currently-dominant materialist worldview (which holds, for example, that consciousness is nothing more than brain activity, and is extinguished at bodily death), and to penalize people who express dissident views. This is a book I think I will be returning to again and again, and which I heartily recommend.