Sep 10

Mind Before Matter: How Consciousness is Making a Comeback Through Scientific Exploration

library-1074x483by Phillip J Watt

A person’s worldview has always been shaped by their culture and period in history. If we grew up in a tribal setting, we would have a remarkably different perspective then in modern society. Well, that’s what we might assume anyway, but as it turns out there are more similarities then we might think.

Back in the tribal days, most indigenous cultures were embedded in spirituality. They had their own unique myths, stories and symbols which captured their spiritual conception of reality, however much of it rested on some very similar ideas that permeate across many of these ancient human societies, as well as some current cultures and disciplines too.

The most notable example is that they understood the material world to be a manifestation of a deeper order, one that is non-physical in nature. They had many words for this, including God, Mind and Spirit, to name but a few. Humanity then transitioned through different stages of ecology, so this idea might first appear to be disproven by our recent journey utilising the scientific method. However, as some of you would know, this conception of reality is making a comeback through our rational investigation of the universe.

The field? Why, quantum physics of course.

In our secular societies, science has reigned supreme in terms of logically describing the way the world works. Yet anybody who looks beyond the lens of the mainstream consensus will know that ‘scientific materialism’ has been the philosophy that has dominated how emerging evidence is interpreted. In fact, this belief has turned out to be unscientific and unproven, which has increasingly brought the credibility of the scientific establishment into question. Simply, their philosophical bias has been exposed.

Materialism has therefore hardened into dogma, particularly for its epic failure in explaining what consciousness is, where the line between a living and non-living entity is, and the peculiar world of quantum physics. In fact, as I explained in a previous article, there are now many scientists who are calling for an end to this hypocrisy so that we can evolve our scientific models of reality into a post-materialist era which embraces consciousness studies at the core of how we investigate the world we live in:

Not all scientists have fallen victim to the materialist rhetoric. For example, in 2014 “A call for an open, informed study of all aspects of consciousness” was made by around 100 scientists. Another example in the same year was the creation of a “Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science … to visualize what an emerging scientific view may look like”, which was developed by eight respected scientists, including Rupert Sheldrake. Simply, both groups have called upon the scientific community to face their hypocrisy and transcend their philosophical bias.



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