“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”

– Max Planck, theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918

It’s great to see that in today’s day and age, multiple prominent scientists from all over the world have started to study and examine several different areas that deal with non-physical phenomenon and human consciousness. Truth is they’ve been doing it for decades, but it’s just now starting to receive the recognition it deserves.

“It was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to consciousness.”

– Eugene Wigner, theoretical physicist and mathematician. He received a share of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963

Consciousness is the way we perceive and observe our world, the way we think, our intentions, feelings, emotions and more. One of the biggest questions regarding human consciousness today is whether it is simply a product of our brain, or if the brain is a receiver of consciousness. If consciousness is not a product of the brain it would mean that the human physicality is not required for the continuation  of consciousness, or consciousness itself.

Below is a great video from Dr. Gary Schwartz, professor of psychology, medicine, neurology, psychiatry and surgery at the University of Arizona discussing whether consciousness is the product of the brain or a receiver of it. It’s a little overview of a subject that is full of peer reviewed  scientific research that not many people have the time to go through. It would actually be almost be impossible to go through all of it.


The Modern Scientific Worldview And Why It Can Be Limited

Most modern day mainstream science is a science that operates under the assumption that matter is the only reality. Today, this notion is known as “scientific materialism.” Fortunately, this view is disappearing at a fast rate given the fact that quantum physics has shown us that what we perceive as our physical material world, is not really physical at all.

“If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet. Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.”

– Niels Bohr, physicist who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum theory, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922

At the turn of the nineteenth century, physicists started to explore the relationship between energy and the structure of matter. In doing so, the belief that a physical, Newtonian material universe that was at the very heart of scientific knowing was dropped, and the realization that matter is nothing but an illusion replaced it. Scientists began to recognize that everything in the Universe is made out of energy.

Even with the what quantum physics has shown us:

“Despite the unrivaled empirical success of quantum theory, the very suggestion that it may be literally true as a description of nature is still greeted with cynicism, incomprehension and even anger.”

– T. Folger, “Quantum Shmantum”; Discover 22:37-43, 2001

Not to say that “scientific materialism” has not been tremendously important. Various modern day scientific breakthroughs and advancements have stemmed from it. The problem with it is that it absolutely dominates modern day scientific academia, and as a result it has severely hindered the examination and development of the science of non-physical phenomenon, like consciousness.

“At the end of the nineteenth century, physicists discovered empirical phenomena that could not be explained by classical physics. This led to the development, during the 1920s and early 1930s, of a revolutionary new branch of physics called quantum mechanics (QM). QM has questioned the material foundations of the world by showing that atoms and subatomic particles are not really solid objects—they do not exist with certainty at definite spatial locations and definite times. Most importantly, QM explicitly introduced the mind into its basic conceptual structure since it was found that particles being observed and the observer—the physicist and the method used for observation—are linked. These results suggest that the physical world is no longer the primary or sole component of reality, and that it cannot be fully understood without making reference to the mind.” (1)

– Dr. Gary Schwartz, professor of psychology, medicine, neurology, psychiatry and surgery at the University of Arizona

Scientific Evidence Suggests Consciousness Could Originate Outside The Brain

Today, there is not enough scientific evidence to conclude that the brain creates consciousness, and that point is elaborated on in the video above. There is also not enough evidence to say (with one hundred percent certainty) that the brain is simply a receiver of it. We do however have a number of scientific studies that have been published in various peer reviewed journals that indicate consciousness might actually not be a product of the brain, but something completely separate, and this should not be ruled out as a possibility or ignored by modern day materialistic science.

“Some materialistically inclined scientists and philosophers refuse to acknowledge these phenomena because they are not consistent with their exclusive conception of the world. Rejection of post-materialist investigation of nature or refusal to publish strong science findings supporting a post-materialist framework are antithetical to the true spirit of scientific inquiry, which is that empirical data must always be adequately dealt with. Data which do not fit favored theories and beliefs cannot be dismissed as priori. Such dismissal is the realm of ideology, not science.”

– Dr. Gary Schwartz

One example could be the various controlled laboratory experiments that have documented that mediums (people who communicate with the minds of people who are physically dead) can sometimes access information about the deceased individual. This would support the idea that the mind is separate from the brain.

Another example would be the fact that conscious mental activity appears to continue after death. Some near death experiences (NDErs) have reported out of body experiences during cardiac arrest. In these cases, it’s interesting that these experiences have occurred when there is no electrical activity in the brain following cardiac arrest.

One of the best examples (in my opinion) is what’s called parapsychological (psi) phenomena. This type of phenomena has demonstrated that we can receive information without the use of our senses, that we can mentally influence physical devices and living organisms by using our consciousness. Research has also shown that some people have the ability to project their consciousness outside of our body and view another remote location. Research has suggested that distant minds may behave in ways that are non-locally correlated.

“These events are so common that they cannot be viewed as anomalous nor as exceptions to natural laws, but as indications of the need for a broader explanatory framework that cannot be predicated exclusively on materialism.” – Dr. Gary Schwartz

How To Access Some Of This Research

We would love to hear your thoughts on this topic in the comment section below. Do you think consciousness is a product of the brain, or do you think consciousness is something that “plays” outside the realm of the human physicality?

You can view some of this research, published in scientifically peer reviewed journals HERE.

Original source: Collective Evolution


1. http://www.opensciences.org/files/pdfs/Manifesto-for-a-Post-Materialist-Science.pdf

About the author

Arjun Walia joined the CE team in 2010 shortly after finishing university and have been grateful for the fact that he has been able to do this ever since 🙂 There are many things happening on the planet that don’t resonate with him, and he wanted to do what he could to play a role in creating change. It’s been great making changes in his own life and creating awareness and he look forward to more projects that move beyond awareness and into action and implementation. So stay tuned 🙂 arjun@collective-evolution.com

Near-death-experiences (NDEs) are experiences people have when their physical body is dead.

While their body is dead, their consciousness detaches from their body and has vivid experiences of other worlds. These worlds are usually heavenly in nature, and all of the people who have NDEs come back completely transformed by what they have experienced.

Some may say these experiences are DMT flooding into the brain, or are just hallucinations.  We know they are not hallucinations because some people are able to accurately report specific details about what the doctors were doing in the room at the time they detached from their body.  And we know this is not DMT, because Dr. Eben Alexander, a Harvard trained brain neurosurgeon of 25 years, had a vivid NDE while the neocortex of his brain was completely disabled.

His NDE remains the most scientifically credible experience of the afterlife that has ever been recorded. But the point of this post is not to convince you that they have real experiences. It is to talk about the implications their experiences have on how we relate to our life on earth.

Here are 3 things NDEs have taught us about life:

1) Life is a test

Life is a schoolhouse where your soul develops and evolves.  It is a test of personal growth.  Just like tests in school, you can pass, or you can fail. To pass is to act out of love, compassion, and understanding.  When you “fail” in life, you will feel dirty inside yourself as if you have done something wrong.  This sense of conscience and moral apprehension is your soul attempting to guide you through this life. When you fail in school, you get an “F”.  When you fail in life, you learn a new lesson.

As weird as this may sound, an important part of life is making mistakes, because it is only through direct experience that we can be permanently transformed. Life is not a random accident, and your job is not to pay bills until you die.  Your primary job is to evolve and mature your consciousness, and this is done by embracing all of life’s experiences.

2) God is real

God is not some man or woman in the sky.  God is an all-pervasive, eternal, timeless, formless, loving consciousness.  Every single NDE account I have read or researched contains people reporting they feel an incredible sense of communion of something bigger than themselves. They feel the presence of the Creator.

Which God? The Source of all creation, being, intelligence, and moral perfection.  Different religions try to interpret the Creator.  Some religions come close, and some not so close.  To understand God in intellectual terms is impossible for our brains, but simply put, God is Love with creative potential. Dr. Eben Alexander said this about love:

Love is, without a doubt, the basis of everything. Not some abstract, hard-to-fathom kind of love but the day-to-day kind that everyone knows-the kind of love we feel when we look at our spouse and our children, or even our animals. In its purest and most powerful form, this love is not jealous or selfish, but unconditional. This is the reality of realities, the incomprehensibly glorious truth of truths that lives and breathes at the core of everything that exists or will ever exist, and no remotely accurate understanding of who and what we are can be achieved by anyone who does not know it, and embody it in all of their actions.

The experience of God comes not from liturgy and dogma, but from personal depth and the expression of love.

3) You are eternal

You don’t die.  Whoever told you that you were born was mistaken. YOU were never born. Your body was born, but you existed eternally in the past in one form or another, and you will continue to after your physical body dies.  Everyone who survives a NDE comes back with absolutely no fear of death, because they understand that there is no end to identity.  There is only transition.

Your life here is just a flicker in the eye of eternity, and you will soon wake up from this dream and remember that you were only pretending to be a human being. ”Human being” is just a mask you soul is wearing right now.

NDEs can teach us a lot about the nature of consciousness and the brain, but they can teach us even more about the nature of life as a whole.  When we include the experiences of others as part of our personal databank of information, we can evolve into high understandings much faster. Trust that one day, you too will leave this physical world behind.

Embrace your spiritual nature.  You are just a visitor passing through.

Source: thespiritscience.net

Steven Bancarz,

Team Spirit

Professor of astronomy and mathematics Bernard Carr believes that many of the phenomena that can be observed but cannot be explained using the terms of the physical laws of our dimension, in fact, occur in other dimensions.

Albert Einstein claimed that there are at least four dimensions, and the 4th one is time or space-time, as he argued that space and time cannot be devided. In modern physics, there are many supporters of the theories about the existence of 11 or more dimensions.

Carr says that our consciousness interacts with other dimensions. In addition, multidimensional universe, as he imagines it, has a hierarchical structure. And we are in the lowest level of it…

“The model explains the well-known philosophical problem of the relation between matter and thought, explains the nature of time and could be used as an ontological basis for the interpretation of metaphysical and unexplained phenomena such as ghosts, out-of-body experiences, dreams and astral travelling“, he writes.

Carr concludes that our physical senses show us only a 3-dimensional universe, although in reality it has at least four dimensions. Entities that exist in the higher dimensions are simply imperceptible to human physical senses.

“The only non-physical beings, of which we have some idea, are mental, and the existence of supernatural phenomena suggests that these entities must exist in a certain space,” writes Carr.

The space of another dimension which we visit in our dreams intersects with the space where our memory lives. Carr says that the existence of telepathy and clairvoyance indicates that there is collective mental space.

Carr also bases his views on previous hypotheses, including the Kaluza-Klein theory, which combines the fundamental forces of gravity and electromagnetism and also assumes a 5- dimensional space.

At the same time, the so-called “M-theory” suggests that there are 11 dimensions, and the superstring theory refers to the existence of 10 dimensions. Carr thinks that there is a 4-dimensional “external” space, which means the four dimensions according to Einstein, and a 6 or 7-dimensional “internal” space, which means that these dimensions are associated with psychics and other “imperceptible” phenomena.

Original source: learning-mind.com

About the author

Anna LeMind is the owner and lead editor of the website learning-mind.com. She is passionate about learning new things and reflecting on thought-provoking ideas. She writes about technology, science, psychology and other related topics. She is particularly interested in topics concerning consciousness and subconscious, perception, human mind’s potential, as well as the nature of reality and the universe.

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Dr. Eben Alexander changed his mind after his vivid journey into the afterlife.

Do we have a soul? Is there life after death? In a society where science and empirical testing have taken over as the only was to test for truth, the idea of there being a life after death is sometimes thought of as wishful thinking. The afterlife, however, is something that has been experienced by countless people since recorded history who have returned to tell their tales, with the most noteworthy account experienced first-hand by Harvard trained brain neurosurgeon of 25 years, Dr. Eben Alexander.

Before his experience, he did not believe existence of a non-physical spirit. Trained in western medical school and surrounded by medical colleagues who are deeply invested in the materialism view of the universe, he thought that the idea of a soul was outlandish.  Dr. Alexander changed his mind after he was in a coma for seven days caused by severe bacterial meningitis and experienced a vivid journey into the afterlife. He was guided by an beautiful angelic being and shown the Divine Source, which he referred to as “Om”.

He then returned to his physical body, experienced a miraculous healing, and went on to write the NY Times #1 best selling book Proof of Heaven. What Dr. Alexander confirms is that our life on planet Earth is a “test” of personal growth, and that the way to make progress in this test is to overcome evil while spreading love and compassion. Here are some other notable points he made:

– The experience of the afterlife was so “real” and expansive that the experience of living as a human on Earth seemed like an artificial dream by comparison.

The fabric of the afterlife was pure LOVE. Love dominated the afterlife to such a huge degree that the overall presence of evil was infinitesimally small. If you wish to know the Universe, know Love.

– In the afterlife, all communication was telepathic. There was no need for spoken words, nor even any separation between the self and everything else happening around you. All the questions you asked in your mind were immediately answered to you telepathically as well.

When asked what he wants everyone to know about the spiritual realm, he always answers saying that you are precious and infinitely loved more than you can possibly imagine. You are always safe. You are never alone. The unconditional and perfect Love of God neglects not one soul.

Love is, without a doubt, the basis of everything. Not some abstract, hard-to-fathom kind of love but the day-to-day kind that everyone knows-the kind of love we feel when we look at our spouse and our children, or even our animals. In its purest and most powerful form, this love is not jealous or selfish, but unconditional.

This is the reality of realities, the incomprehensibly glorious truth of truths that lives and breathes at the core of everything that exists or will ever exist, and no remotely accurate understanding of who and what we are can be achieved by anyone who does not know it, and embody it in all of their actions.”

Eben’s neocortex was completely nonfunctional during the time of his coma do to his severe bacterial meningitis, so there is no scientific account for why he experienced this.  The DMT explanation is also not valid here, because with his neocortex being disabled, the molecules would have no anchor point to ground themselves in.   In fact, gives refutations to 9 different possible scientific explanations for his experience in his book.  He is living proof of an afterlife. “Our spirit is not dependent on the brain or body,” he said. “It is eternal, and no one has one sentence worth of hard evidence that it isn’t.”

Source: spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com

By Steven Bancarz