When it comes to the fundamental questions are most people asking or deciding on the wrong ones? Questions such as ‘does God exist?’ or ‘is there an afterlife?’ Or indeed, ‘is any religion right or is it all hogwash?’
Forget God, forget the afterlife, forget religion. Instead turn to science and what we know and do not yet know about the universe and life itself. The most fundamental question, still unanswered by materialist science, is about the nature and origin of consciousness. It is the mystery on which everything else hangs.
There are two main trains of scientific thought in the 21st Century, which can be summarized as the presently accepted scientific paradigm of materialist science, and the upcoming theories which can be summarized as post-materialist science. Materialist science suggests consciousness is the product of the brain, but it cannot begin to explain how it can arise from brain cells. It also has the major disadvantage that this theory does not fit in with the observable facts. It cannot explain why the double-slit experiment of Quantum Physics, for instance, indicates that sub-atomic particles revert to wave function when not being observed or measured. Nor can it explain remote viewing, out-of-the-body experiences where people accurately report on events at a distance, or when they are in a coma or clinically ‘dead’ during an NDE. Nor can it explain various other paranormal phenomena such as telepathy, telekinesis (affecting objects by mere thought), ESP, etc..
Post-materialist scientific theories, however, explain all these things by making Consciousness the fundamental reality. If everything is a gigantic Thought, as some scientists have suggested, then it means Consciousness is non-local and does not originate in the brains of living organisms. Mind and brain are separate, and the brain acts more like a transmitter/receiver than the origin of consciousness.
These post-materialist theories which suggest, based on the overwhelming evidence, that Consciousness is non-local and creates matter, not the other way around, does not equate to proving the existence of God. At least not if you define ‘God’ as an all-knowing, never-changing, entity which plans and controls everything. It suggests rather that Conscious energy is constantly evolving and learning from its mistakes and that we are all part of this process.
Scientist/engineer the late Ronald Pearson, who had his theories published in scientific journals in Russia and elsewhere, calls this Conscious energy the ‘intelligent ether’ or ‘i-ther’, a Conscious matrix which permeates everything and creates material environments to experience and thereby evolve. He discards the ridiculous Big Bang theory, which explains diddly squat and does not even explain why the Universe is constantly expanding at an accelerating rate, and instead suggests constant net creation also known as the Big Breed Theory. According to the Big Bang Theory the Universe should not be expanding at an ever increasing rate, but should slow down and ultimately contract into the Big Crunch. This is not happening. So instead the ever expanding Universe is put down to the existence of Dark Energy and Dark Matter, which in fact makes up 96% of the multi-verse.
In other words, only 4% of the Universe or multi-verse (various dimensions or universes) is observable, the rest is Dark Matter or Dark Energy. This is where String Theory, Biocentralism, Quantum Physics and many other scientific theories and disciplines suggest there may be many alternative universes or dimensions which we cannot observe.
The Big Bang does not explain anything since it assumes everything suddenly appeared out of nothing. If you ask a scientist what happened before the Big Bang they cannot answer this question. You might as well ask a priest, a rabbi or an Imam what happened before God existed. They will probably say it/she/he always existed, and that at least makes sense according to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity which says Time is just the fourth dimension of our Universe. This suggests outside our own Universe Time does not exist, at least not as we know it. However much of the Theory of Relativity and many other of Einstein’s theories are incompatible with Quantum Physics. This led Einstein, when he reached 70, to suggest to a friend that he doubted if his theories would stand the test of time. Two particles, millions of miles apart, for instance, can communicate to each other far faster than the speed of light.
Surely we must think outside the box of our four-dimensional Universe and admit that Time is as illusory as matter. We are existing in a virtual reality. Nothing is really solid, and even the sub-atomic particles which appear to make up solid matter are separated by space, so a solid block of concrete is, in fact, largely empty space. It feels solid to us because we are tuned in to the vibrations. An entity on a different wavelength could pass through apparently solid matter, but in their dimension everything would appear solid. Indeed it is suggested by scientists that many dimensions or universes interpenetrate our own, invisible and undetectable to us normally. However mediums can sometimes tune in to those dimensions closest to our own. Some animals and tiny children also seem to have this ability.
If Time does not really exist, then everything is eternal, or outside of our understanding of Time. Therefore there was no beginning and there will be no end either. It can surely not be more mind-boggling than the idea that everything suddenly appeared out of nothing.
We are in a century of great changes. Just as it took hundreds of years for scientists to accept that the world was a globe and revolved around the sun, so it will take time, hopefully not hundreds more years, for the prevailing materialist paradigm to change and for a new one to replace it putting Consciousness as the fundamental reality from which everything else originates. This has many implications, of course, and means we are all essentially beings of conscious energy temporarily operating through physical bodies but perfectly able to exist independently of them and to survive death of the physical body. Also, that we are all inter-connected and essentially we are all One. All part of the Universal Consciousness, albeit at different stages of evolution. Some aspects of this Universal Consciousness are much more highly evolved than others, but it is an eternal ongoing process.