Posts tagged conciousness
The Nature of Consciousness

Scientists and philosophers have puzzled over this question for ages without agreement. For many, discussing the c-word in academics is taboo - as the gaping hole in our vast library of human knowledge, it’s best left unmentioned. However, quantum physicists, neuroscientists, and cosmologists are slowly breaking these taboos now, using modern discoveries to bring new light to these ancient questions. 

I reject the materialist notion that the mental state spontaneously arose out of physical processes simply through natural selection. I don’t reject natural selection - it’s an excellent description of how forms change over time. But the process does not explain the development of the subjective experience. It may even articulate how subjectivity developed neurologically, but that still doesn’t explain why. What is the purpose of awareness? 

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The Energetic Universe

The idea that the universe is energy isn’t controversial or new. Einstein and a parade of quantum physicists have upended the materialist conclusions of classical physics: it turns out that time is relative and that physical objects are just made up of energetic waves. So the two essential foundations of physical reality that we all take for granted - time and matter - aren’t totally there.

Our approach to reality hasn’t caught up with this new understanding. Relativity and string theory grasp at a truth that mystics have known all along:

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