Monday, September 7, 2015
Consciousness vs. Science
The question of consciousness is like a chasm that science will never be able to build a bridge over. Science produces many wonderful things. It has revealed tremendous mysteries, made truly incredible discoveries and led to almost magical inventions. But to whatever extent it seeks to comprehend the real nature of reality, it will ultimately fail. Because understanding the nature of reality can't be relegated to machines and objective observation. What would modern science be without machines? It's like in the Douglas Adams book, in which they invent a machine to tell them the meaning of life. It takes a hundred years for it to calculate the answer. And then, finally, it delivers the answer to those waiting so long for it: 42. The joke is on them.
Science can't tell us the true nature of reality, because the most important revelations that will explain reality lie within the observer, not within the observed universe. Thus, the most important answers will come not from objective observation, but rather from subjective experience: from direct experience within one's own being. The ultimate answers will not be found through endlessly picking apart the universe "out there". They will be discovered through connecting with the nature of reality within one's own conscious awareness; discovering what is really real, and what the true meaning of life is, through one's subjective, individual experience of reality.
Consciousness: the final frontier.