People tell me that my approach to scientific cluelessness has been too harsh. I’ve got to cut these people more slack! Fair enough. The fact that almost a century has passed as we waited for scientists to realize that the study of matter is a dead-end game may not be reason enough for me to be calling modern science a failed belief-system that has wasted what could have been a productive century.
My problem with science has been less the fact that it ran off the rails in about 1910 when scientific gatekeepers adopted materialism as a “fundamental dogma.” No, it’s more the fact that even today, scientists continue to hold to materialism, despite the fact that we long ago learned that in reality nothing whatsoever is solid! Reality turns out to be energy-based. And materialism implies solidity, right? Or else, what does “matter” even mean?
The base of all of reality is an energy-like potentiality that we might think of as consciousness, since human consciousness turns out to be a part of it. The great quantum physicist, Max Planck, told us all of this decades ago! In 1931 he said, ”I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”
He said in 1944, “As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”
Planck’s insight that consciousness must pre-exist matter is the greatest scientific discovery in history. But since it refutes the fundamental scientific dogma of materialism, to this day it must be ignored by anyone who hopes for a scientific career. Even in the twenty-first century, if you want to study consciousness as a scientist you must find a way to reduce it to mathematics and study it as a “state of matter.”
So scientists are beginning to do just that. According to the subtitle of a recent post in a prominent physics blog, “A new way of thinking about consciousness is sweeping through science like wildfire. Now physicists are using it to formulate the problem of consciousness in concrete mathematical terms for the first time.”
Of course, as Max Planck knew, consciousness invents math. It’s not the other way around! In the greater reality that we enter at death – which is to say, in most of reality – mathematics turns out to be irrelevant to a physics that seems to be entirely consciousness-based. So, am I wrong to say that the use of numbers to try to study consciousness might be called the very definition of insanity? Dear friends, if anyone still doubts that science’s problem is that it has become a belief-system, please indulge me and read this post! Or in case you worry that reading it might make you as sad as it has made me, I will quote a bit of it for you here.
“Max Tegmark, a theoretical physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, sets out the fundamental problems that this new way of thinking raises. He shows how these problems can be formulated in terms of quantum mechanics and information theory. And he explains how thinking about consciousness in this way leads to precise questions about the nature of reality that the scientific process of experiment might help to tease apart.
“Tegmark’s approach is to think of consciousness as a state of matter, like a solid, a liquid or a gas. ‘I conjecture that consciousness can be understood as yet another state of matter. Just as there are many types of liquids, there are many types of consciousness,’ he says.”
So his theory is that first we must come up with numbers that can define the shape of a living energy inherently without size or form, and then we can subject it to the “scientific process of experiment.” Good luck with that! The article goes on:
“Take for example, the idea that the information in a conscious system must be unified. That means the system must contain error-correcting codes that allow any subset of up to half the information to be reconstructed from the rest.
“Tegmark points out that any information stored in a special network known as a Hopfield neural net automatically has this error-correcting facility. However, he calculates that a Hopfield net about the size of the human brain with 10^11 neurons, can only store 37 bits of integrated information.
“‘This leaves us with an integration paradox: why does the information content of our conscious experience appear to be vastly larger than 37 bits?’ asks Tegmark.
“That’s a question that many scientists might end up pondering in detail. For Tegmark, this paradox suggests that his mathematical formulation of consciousness is missing a vital ingredient. ‘This strongly implies that the integration principle must be supplemented by at least one additional principle,’ he says. Suggestions please in the comments section!”
Oops! This new way of studying consciousness has come up against the dogma-based problem that it must of course include the certainty that human consciousness is generated by our brains. Max Planck’s discovery that consciousness pre-exists matter seems to make that impossible, but scientists still soldier on:
“At the beginning of the 20th century, a group of young physicists embarked on a quest to explain a few strange but seemingly small anomalies in our understanding of the universe. In deriving the new theories of relativity and quantum mechanics, they ended up changing the way we comprehend the cosmos. These physicists, at least some of them, are now household names.
“Could it be that a similar revolution is currently underway at the beginning of the 21st century?”
Oh, yes indeed. There is a revolution now underway that within the next couple of decades will sweep away the scientific dogma of materialism and will at last unify all of physics in a theory of everything that is consciousness-based. It likely would have happened by the middle of the previous century, but science’s fundamental dogma of materialism entirely shut off such areas of inquiry. Thanks in part to some of the same “household names” alluded to in the cited blog post, many of whom have continued to do their work in etheric laboratories, the ill-fated detour of science into materialism is about to end. Now things really are going to change!