Consciousness. One word that holds enormous value. Over the years, I slowly began to realize that the idea of consciousness is probably the most fundamental aspect in life itself. It just so happens it is also the least understood, and that is the motivation behind why I will continue to delve into the idea of consciousness.
Attending the basic high school and college science classes, you begin to notice the redundancy of a few names. Newton, Einstein, Darwin. The deeper into science you travel, names such as Bohr, Schrodinger, and Heisenberg become recurrent. All revolutionary scientists, shaping the their respective fields, and leaving their marks in history. I would, however, like to point out that each of them hypothesized and conducted on matters of the outside world. Although, Darwin could be a fair argument.
Now don’t get me wrong. There has been great strides in the field of neuroscience. Back in 2007, Robert Lanza proposed the concept of Biocentrism. This definition should provide the gist. The theory espouses that biology is the central driving science in the universe, and sees an understanding of the other sciences as reliant on a deeper understanding of biology. Biocentrism states that life and biology are central to being, reality, and the cosmos — life creates the universe rather than the other way around. It asserts that current theories of the physical world do not work, and can never be made to work, until they fully account for life and consciousness.
Disclaimer: I intend to read Lanza’s book, dubbed Biocentrism.
Other scientists believe the theory is incomplete, which indeed it is as it only presents extremely abstract ideas. I sometimes ask myself this question. What is it to be a conscious? Is it self-awareness? Knowing that you are you? Well, it appears as if that consciousness led us down a path not at all concerned with why things are this way.
It baffles me how the most notable scientists aren’t those who have made significant steps in the understanding of our own species. Humans. String theory is relatively popular in terms of describing the makeup of universal building blocks beyond the subatomic level, but will a full understanding of this allow us to grasp consciousness? I’ve heard it’s too complex a subject. Then I think about the Supercollider and say to myself, “Rubbish.”
- On Consciousness: A Comparison Between Biocentrism and Christian Science (madcapchristianscientist.com)
- Existence or consciousness is the only reality,… Ramana Maharshi (doninmass.com)
- What is consciousness? A scientist’s perspective (thebrainbank.scienceblog.com)
- Spirals of Consciousness (philosophers-stone.co.uk)