Nobody, including scientists, can explain consciousness or how it arises. The big debate in scientific circles is whether it originates in the brain or whether it is, in fact, the ultimate reality giving rise to matter systems. Nobody can explain how brain cells could produce consciousness, and like all other cells in the body they die and are replaced. Therefore none of us have any of the cells in our body by the time we reach adulthood that we had when we were born. This means, in effect, we have survived death many times. Yet our consciousness, memories, our personalities remain intact.
Quantum Physics experiments strongly suggest that matter is created or organized by consciousness, and therefore is the fundamental reality. Matter is largely an elaborate illusion in any case, all scientists agree on this. Everything we perceive as solid is largely composed of empty space between the sub-atomic particles. Quantum Physics has shown that wave function or waves of probability are the normal state of things, and only when being consciously observed or measured does this wave function collapse to create matter.
If consciousness is indeed the fundamental reality, this means the whole multiverse and everything in it is basically an enormous thought. Does this equate to ‘God’? I would argue it doesn’t. We are all part of this universal consciousness, it is not an external entity or being, much less a male father figure. That is just religious myth. Such a religious concept of God is supposed to be all-knowing, in which case why would evolution be necessary? All the evidence points to an evolutionary process.
Consciousness, if it is indeed the fundamental reality, is constantly evolving. It experiments in matter environments it has created and evolves very gradually. With life on Earth, for instance, this slow experimentation and evolution is aided by natural selection, with the experiments which are not so efficient discarded.
The alternative theory, that consciousness is a product of the brain, has serious flaws. One, it flies in the face of Quantum Physics experimentation. Second, nobody can explain how brain cells can produce consciousness, much less relay it to new brain cells when the old ones die. Thirdly, how to explain the evolution of the species if there isn’t some consciousness guiding it and designing tiny experimental changes? Complicated organs like the heart, liver, the eyes, etc. are supposed, according to this theory, to have just evolved by pure accident or chance, yet they seem to be very carefully designed for specific purposes. Of course if you really believe millions of monkeys typing blindly on millions of keyboards for millions of years will eventually produce the complete works of Shakespeare in perfect English (or any other language), then you will also believe these organs could evolve by accident. You then have to explain why cars, televisions, spaceships and all the other wonders of our age, all intelligently designed, have not just evolved by pure chance as well.
There are many alternative post-materialist scientific theories and different terms are used to describe the fundamental consciousness, such as the ‘intelligent ether’ or ‘i-ther’ (Pearson). No true scientist would describe it as ‘God’, of if they do, it would be to patronize the religious. Such a fundamental consciousness has little in common with the religious idea of ‘God’, which is not supposed to evolve and which is worshiped and described as an all-wise, all-knowing, unchanging Entity or Being.
If consciousness is indeed the fundamental or ultimate reality, it has enormous implications. It means all matter systems, which we already know are just virtual realities, are temporary illusions, and that we and all living things are part of this consciousness and, just as we survive the death of individual cells in our bodies, we will also survive death of the physical body itself. We are essentially thought energy which cannot be destroyed.
What then, skeptics will ask, of the many experiments with the brain and the fact that if it is damaged then consciousness is altered? In fact this is not always the case. There are recorded instances where someone with no measurable brain has a perfectly normal consciousness and even a high IQ. But the fact that a damaged brain may affect consciousness does not mean it originates in the brain. If you took the valves out of an old television set it would not work properly, or at all. Yet other TV sets would still pick up the signal being transmitted. Similarly if you opened the TV set you would not see the newscaster sitting in there reading the news. The TV set is a receiver, that’s all. If the receiver is damaged, the picture and sound will be damaged or non-existent.
The brain, according to post-materialist science, is a receiver/transmitter. It also seems to be a filter to screen out things which would be too much for the brain to contain. Thoughts are received by the brain, and can be transmitted by the brain as well (telepathy).
That we are more than our physical bodies and that Mind and Brain are separate has been proven many times in many ways. Quite apart from things like Near Death Experiences (NDEs) when people flat-lining on operating tables after a cardiac arrest have accurately described things occurring around them or at a distance at the time they were clinically ‘dead’, the CIA and other secret services have made use of Remote Viewing to spy on facilities and even documents hidden thousands of miles away. Out-of-Body Experiences (OBEs) produce similar results. The mind is much more powerful than some imagine. It can not only travel instantly enormous distances and observe things accurately, but it can travel forwards and backwards in Time, which is also illusory. Remote Viewers have proved this to be the case by observing things in a different time frame. Mind or Thought can also move objects and even create matter, as Quantum Physics suggests.
It may be much simpler and less complicated to just imagine everything came about by chance, our brains create consciousness, and this ends when we die. If people find that comforting, so be it, but they may well be in for a rude shock which may well be pleasant or unpleasant. All our actions while alive on Earth have repercussions, known as the law of cause and effect or karma. People who believe there is no comeback, good or bad, from our thoughts or actions in life are living in a fools’ paradise if the overwhelming evidence of survival is correct, and many skeptical scientists have investigated survival and come to the conclusion it is real – we do survive death. This applies to everyone regardless of belief, though some who survive refuse to believe they are really dead, while others sometimes experience oblivion for a while as do some religious people who expect to sleep until the Final Judgment. However it seems evolution is unending, so all such states are only temporary. Although outside our understanding of Time, there is progress or evolution, an eternal spiral upwards.