To watch mainstream scientists flounder in their attempts to understand human consciousness used to be pass-the-popcorn time. You could see that they were missing the Big Picture, but you figured that if they took sufficient wrong turns eventually they would stumble upon the truth. Law of averages. Just made sense. They couldn’t insistent on being wrong forever.
Or could they?
What we think of as human consciousness is primary and pre-existing. It predates the universe. It is part of the Source energy that keeps the universe continuously in existence. Max Planck, who is among the greatest physicists of all time, won the 1918 Nobel Prize in Physics as the father of quantum theory, but Planck better deserved a Nobel Prize for what is humankind’s greatest discovery. 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.”
Robert Lanza has been called the third most important scientist alive by no less an authority than The New York Times. In 2009 Lanza followed up on Max Planck’s pioneering insight by expounding his theory of Biocentrism, the notion that “life and consciousness are the keys to understanding the true nature of the universe.” His should have been a transformative book! But biocentrism still has not appealed to mainstream scientists sufficiently to shift their ongoing floundering in a more constructive direction.
Scientists are experimenting, too, with communication by mind, which they sometimes naively call “brain-to-brain communication.” For example, experimenters have succeeded repeatedly in having one person’s mind direct the movements of another person’s body. Surely some of these researchers must be scratching their heads and thinking that if this experiment works so well, then how on earth is it possible that human consciousness is confined to the brain?
So it begins to appear that scientists have begun to stumble in the right direction, which makes it discouraging to read Scientific American’s Ten Big Ideas in Ten Years of Brain Science and find that not a single Big Idea comes anywhere close to the possibility that the brain does not generate the mind. If it is even potentially true that human consciousness predates the universe and our brains only receive it, then that would be the biggest of big brain-related ideas, it seems to me!
Instead of eagerly investigating the leading theories of our greatest scientific minds, most mainstream scientists remain un-conscious about the true nature of human consciousness. This, despite Max Planck’s pioneering insight that is many decades old; despite the wonderful work of America’s third greatest living scientist; and even despite the fact that there is no evidence that human brains generate consciousness, and in fact there is a lot of evidence against this highly speculative theory (including the fact that the human genome has just been reduced to only 19,000 genes, nearly all of which genes predate even primates).
Max Planck is not the only prominent physicist to realize that the theory that human consciousness is primary and pre-exists the universe must follow inevitably from a better understanding of quantum mechanics. Physicist Euan Squires said, “Every interpretation of quantum mechanics involves consciousness.” Physicist, Astronomer and Mathematician Sir James Jeans said, “The Universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine.” Physicist John Wheeler said, “A life-giving factor lies at the center of the whole machinery and design of the world.” And the great Erwin Schrodinger, winner of the 1933 Nobel Prize in Physics, said, “Multiplicity is only apparent, in truth, there is only one mind… ” “Quantum physics thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe.” Every quantum physicist with a free and creative mind must have had this notion as at least a passing thought!
Let’s give our last word to the immortal Max Planck, who one day soon will be seen as the grandfather of a consciousness theory of everything. In 1944 he said, “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.”