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[Science/Spirituality] Universal Consciousness

An answer to science's 'hard problem' ?

In modern science the study of consciousness is still very much a mystery known as “the hard problem", despite being fundamental to all human life.

This has sparked a revival in academic popularity of the universal consciousness theory, well established in religion, spirituality and Philosophy - the latter adressing it through beliefs such as Panpsychism and Animism.

In Hinduism it is believed that Brahman, described as Sat-cit-ānanda (truth-consciousness-bliss) projected its consciousness into the material universe. Ancient mystery schools such as Hermeticism, believed to trace back to Ancient Egpyt, taught how the universe is created in the mind of God, and emphasised the infinite realms of possibility through exploring consciousness.

Image Credit: TrendinTech - Neural Networks of Scales
Image Credit: TrendinTech - Neural Networks of Scales

The issue is that consciousness still remains mostly unacknowledged by mainstream science because of Newtonian compartmental thinking, which placed ‘consciousness’ outside the realm of the sciences.

However the idea of an inherent consciousness that exists in the universe has been put forward by many prominent scientists and thinkers such as British Mathematician Roger Penrose - a professor of Mathematics at the prestigous University of Oxford (England), who is often spoke of in the same sentence as Einstein and Hawking for reinterpreting general relativity to prove that black holes can form from dying stars.

Penrose believes consciousness is fundamental to quantum physics in its relation to the spaces between neurons in the brain. He proposes that we may need to discover a new psychics model of understanding the universe, explaining how "In my view the conscious brain does not act according to classical physics. It doesn’t even act according to conventional quantum mechanics. It acts according to a theory we don’t yet have"

Expanding on this concept is an argument put forth by German-American astrophysicist Bernard Haisch that consciousness is produced and transmitted from quantum fields that permeate all of empty space.

Image Credit: NASA
Image Credit: NASA

When will modern science finally solve 'the hard problem' - agknowledging the role that consciousness plays in the universe as a legitimate area of study, recognised and accepted for thousands of years by philosophy, religion and spirituality.

"If evolution is to move smoothly, consciousness in some shape must have been present at the very origin of things" - William James (Philosopher)

- Psychic Garden

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