“Quantum physics, and particularly Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, reveal that, as our perception of an object changes, the object itself literally changes.” – Marianne Williamson
Daily Nugget of Gold 1544
We live in a world which is connected to us through indirect means. For everything we know of it, we get our information second-hand. What do we mean by that? All of our input about our world arrives to us through our senses. Our senses convert the information received into electrical signals which are transmitted to the brain and then interpreted. Our brain then assembles what we’ve received as input through these electrical signals into what we believe is reality. For most of us, it seems to be a pretty good match because of how well we function in our world.
Rupert Spira defines consciousness this way (after pointing out that it really cannot be defined), nonetheless- he calls this “a good, provisional definition of consciousness”:
“Consciousness is that in which all experience appears.
Consciousness is that with which all experience is known.
Consciousness is that out of which all experience is made.”
By experience, he means anything objective, whether through our senses or internal thoughts and feelings having to do with the physical nature of life. We would suggest re-reading his definition a few times over to get the full meaning of it. “Experience” is the word he uses to describe everything we encounter, every detail of every observation and interaction we have. Without consciousness, there is no “experience”.
Back to our senses- and the way they convey all the information to us through electrical signals to the brain. We cannot experience anything within our world without them, yet everything we receive in the way of input is brought to us in the form of electrical impulses. The impulses are information encoded in the energy sent. Without consciousness, or awareness, there is no meaning, and the same is true of whatever is written in a book. Information relies on consciousness to interpret the meaning contained. That interpretation is our “experience”.
While science had pushed the idea that consciousness evolved from the physical world we live in, there is now growing acceptance among some in the scientific community that we might have gotten that relationship backwards- that the physical world is a product of consciousness or awareness.
Next time let’s talk about the glitches that can be found in video games, shall we?
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“Without the imperfect, what is the advantage of perfection?”
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