Monday, July 27, 2015

The science of consciousness: the bridge between science and spirituality

Meditation in Sri Lanka by Sarvodaya Shramadana

It is an ancient desire to understand the universe intuitively. The hypothesis introduced by the book, ‘The Science of Consciousness’ incorporates theoretical physics such as cosmology and gravity, as well as evolution and the theory of the mind. The book examines material interaction as a cosmologic evolution that increases complexity in a gradual process and culminates in the emergence of the intelligent mind. Such underlying unity of existence resonates with ancient intuition, yet it is based on the most recent scientific research.

The book's conclusion is that three elementary particle classes form the foundation of the universe. These elementary particles are the matter fermions (such as the electron), the mind and the universe. Their identical energy structures and analog operational principles form a fractal structure of vastly different energy levels and sizes. The smallest of these energy structures are material fermions. Their small size determines immense frequencies and enormous energy levels. However, material fermions are fully governed by the environment, eliminating any freedom. The second energy level is the mind. Its magnitudes larger size means far smaller energies. However, matter takes shape in space, whereas the mental world (society or ecosystem) forms over temporal coordinates, hence operate opposite to matter. The mind’s control over the body gives it considerable degrees of freedom. The universe immense size determines extremely low frequencies and very small energy levels, but infinite degrees of freedom, since it encompasses and governs the other two elementary particles. The coherent, intuitive hypothesis outlines an Aristotelian complexity: an organic, interconnected universe that abhors a vacuum. In monotheistic faiths, the universe is termed God, and man was created in His image. Although both matter and the universe have symmetric energy structures, they differ by their vastly different degrees of freedom. Being placed between matter and the universe, the mind shows the characteristic of both. The negative attitude mind is overwhelmed by details. Unable to see clearly, it is biased and judgmental. Therefore, such a mind is fully directed by the environment (making it matter-like). Only the positive attitude mind has the wisdom of accepting objective reality, which gives him free will (making it God-like). However, the positive attitude mind has no incentive, or motivation to change. The hypothesis is also congruent with Hinduism. In Hinduism, the Ultimate Reality is termed, Brahman. Its extremely low frequencies form a gentle, pervasive, infinite, and eternal universe. Although the universe is unchanging for outside observers, it is the initiator of all change. The mental self, Atman, and the universe, Brahman form an interconnected, organic unity.

The hypothesis’ fresh approach has the potential to ameliorate and mend the existing schism between religion and the sciences, and its main tenets can be verified by technically feasible experiments. The recognition that matter fermions, the mind, and the universe are analogous quantum systems, a radically new physical worldview emerges, which if proven correct, can point toward potential applications in both physics and medicine. The hypothesis can explain many currently unexplained phenomena in physics, evolution, neurology and the social sciences. For example, the hypothesis recognizes time as information, it redefines entropy as the lack of change and it introduces the theory of gravity and emotions. Its new vision for evolution has implications for social sciences and economics.

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