We all know that we are aware. We couldn’t have an experience without being aware. But, despite appearances, we never experience the world directly - only the brain’s reconstruction of what is “out there.” We live in a virtual reality created by the brain.
But how do material processes in the brain give rise to something as immaterial as consciousness? And where do we draw the line between creatures that are conscious and those that aren’t?
The current scientific worldview assumes that the brain not only generates the picture of the world that we experience, but it also creates awareness itself.
An alternative assumption is that awareness goes all the way down the evolutionary tree.
This leads to the conclusion that the cosmos is a vast field of information that is also aware, a field of knowing knowing itself.
Short video summarizing Peter Russell’s latest ideas on why consciousness is fundamental to the cosmos.
If the conscious mind—the part you consider you—accounts for only a fraction of the brain's function, what is all the rest doing?
James Doty has a conversation with the audience at SAND19 US.
Nondualism and idealism aren’t purely Eastern insights, but the metaphysical and spiritual root of the West as well
Stories, fiction included, act as a kind of surrogate life.
Contents of consciousness are the results of active reconstruction of the reality.
"There's really no research that supports that point of view,"
More than a decade ago, I was diagnosed with a string of autoimmune diseases
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