CONSCIOUSNESS

And now adherents of the proposition that the world is fundamentally comprised of energy are helping turn the world upside down, or is it right side up?

Introduction

History reveals that consensus reality—shared, group worldview—changes as circumstance gives way to new perceptions. From a flat earth to a geocentric universe to a quantum cosmos, our relationship with the world routinely undergoes upheaval. Yet the changes tend not to be immediately cataclysmic or transformative. It took some time before the ideas of Copernicus took hold, even after Galileo’s validating efforts. Einstein thought aspects of a quantum universe just couldn’t be right. Yet his legacy lives and breathes. And now adherents of the proposition that the world is fundamentally comprised of energy are helping turn the world upside down, or is it right side up? It's a matter of consciousness.

But as psychology professor and Zen student Susan Blackmore points out in her text Consciousness, actually defining consciousness remains one of the all-time riddles.28 However, we don’t need to define consciousness in order to use it to become more conscious. We do need the wherewithal provided by context and procedures that deliberately target the development and use of awareness. This process is the basis of biocognitive technologies.

 

First Section: Conscious and Unconscious