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The Universe Isn't Conscious - The Universe is Consciousness  Deepak Chopra (Prof., UCSD School of Medicine, The Chopra Center, Carlsbad, CA )   PL9

In 2005, Science magazine published a special edition devoted to the most important open questions unsolved by science. There were 125 of them, and the first was "What is the universe made of?" The second was "What's the biological basis of consciousness?" These two questions are crucial for understanding our fundamental reality. The most fundamental fact of existence is our awareness that we exist. I will propose that existence and the awareness that we exist are actually the same. We do not have minds the way we have brown hair or a short temper. Mind is a mode of consciousness. By the same token the universe cannot have mind/consciousness the way it has galaxies and gravity. The argument over panpsychism or cosmopsychism has been hampered by the inability to see that it is impossible to "have" consciousness. When Max Planck asserted to a London reporter in 1931 that there is no getting behind consciousness, he made exactly the same argument: "I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness." I will unfold the argument through the following points: Everyday reality is a mental construct, therefore arbitrary and artificial. We inhabit a spell/dream/illusion that is only virtual reality; Fundamental reality is pure consciousness, unfolding in the modes of mind and matter without departing from its essential nature; In Vedanta the aim is not to upgrade the illusion but to escape it; The Indian sages reached fundamental reality through exploring their own awareness. Physics has reached the boundary where spacetime, matter, and energy are sourced in a mathematical space that has an ambiguous relationship to reality. Peering beyond spacetime, matter, and energy is not the difficulty we suppose. It is the solution to the difficulties we face in science and philosophy; A nondual approach to consciousness erases the boundary between "in here" and "out there." This renders the conventions of objective science no longer useful. An evolved science must take the unitary nature of consciousness seriously and indeed put it at the very center of future theories about life and the cosmos. Deepak Chopra MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation and founder of Chopra Global and co-founder of Jiyo, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. Two articles to read https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/15/opinion/letters/deepak-chopra-consciousness.html https://dailygalaxy.com/2019/09/the-ultimate-mystery-consciousness-may-exist-in-the-absence-of-matter-weekend-feature/