Is Consciousness The Bridge Between Science & Religion?

Written by on December 13, 2015 in Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living with 11 Comments

Peter Russell | Collective Evolution

Science and religion often seem poles apart–and in many ways they are. But I believe the two can, and will eventually be, united; and their meeting point will be human consciousness.

That we are conscious beings is the most obvious fact of our existence. Indeed, all we ever know are the thoughts, images, and feelings arising in our consciousness. Yet as far as Western science is concerned, there is nothing more difficult to explain. Why should the complex processing of information in the brain lead to an inner personal experience? Why doesn’t it all go on in the dark, without any awareness? Why do we have any inner life at all?

This paradox–the undeniable existence of human consciousness set against the absence of any satisfactory scientific account for it–suggests there may be something amiss with the current scientific worldview. Most scientists assume that consciousness emerges in some way or other from insentient matter. But if this assumption is getting us nowhere, perhaps we should consider an alternative worldview–one found in many metaphysical and spiritual traditions. There, consciousness is held to be an essential component of the cosmos, as fundamental as space, time, and matter.

Science and religion often seem poles apart–and in many ways they are. But I believe the two can, and will eventually be, united; and their meeting point will be human consciousness.

That we are conscious beings is the most obvious fact of our existence. Indeed, all we ever know are the thoughts, images, and feelings arising in our consciousness. Yet as far as Western science is concerned, there is nothing more difficult to explain. Why should the complex processing of information in the brain lead to an inner personal experience? Why doesn’t it all go on in the dark, without any awareness? Why do we have any inner life at all?


This paradox–the undeniable existence of human consciousness set against the absence of any satisfactory scientific account for it–suggests there may be something amiss with the current scientific worldview. Most scientists assume that consciousness emerges in some way or other from insentient matter. But if this assumption is getting us nowhere, perhaps we should consider an alternative worldview–one found in many metaphysical and spiritual traditions. There, consciousness is held to be an essential component of the cosmos, as fundamental as space, time, and matter.

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  1. 10206899020507202@facebook.com' Kathryn Sunsquall says:

    “There, consciousness is held to be an essential component of the cosmos, as fundamental as space, time, and matter.” This is what Billie Meier’s Plejaren friends said too.

  2. 10153410223293925@facebook.com' Timo Halttunen says:

    yes

  3. 10203318961134445@facebook.com' Bob Gunn says:

    It’s beyond both. Hopefully at some point the other two will get there…

  4. 10208051024577591@facebook.com' Galen Flynn says:

    This article does not take into account the works of a 30 year Princeton professor. He explains why the voices gave way to what we know as the cartesian theatre we introspect with, which is consciousness. This man’s work has been hidden and not disseminated like lessor theories of consciousness. This one makes sense to me!!! From about page 120 and on the book is hard to put down as it brings rings of truth to my ears!!!
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://s-f-walker.org.uk/pubsebooks/pdfs/Julian_Jaynes_The_Origin_of_Consciousness.pdf&ved=0ahUKEwigyL_HxtnJAhUEKGMKHQ5eB30QFgh0MA4&usg=AFQjCNHir5J8azEeax5hUK4o1CMk_MB2qQ&sig2=oLnK3_LTQUcSPMSQ9I2Xjg

  5. 1100524546659593@facebook.com' Jonathan Tyrrell says:

    Conscious, differs from conscience…

  6. 521485251361908@facebook.com' Silviu Costinescu says:

    it´s getting everywhere. when you grow up , you´ll see consciousness is a common property om complex system that can trace back to themselves whatever impact they have on their environment. soon AI´s will do that too.

  7. 1077772468907797@facebook.com' Diana Rosen says:

    I’d like to think…. ?

  8. 1490273174635543@facebook.com' Shaun Wallace says:

    Actually I’ve pondered that for some time.

  9. 1690321884538915@facebook.com' Prema Bhat says:

    At highest point I believe so

  10. 1209405565756160@facebook.com' Sonny Yniguez says:

    consciousness is the bridge between our lower self and our higher self.

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