“The stream of human knowledge is impartially heading towards a non-mechanical reality. The universe begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter. We are beginning to suspect that we ought rather to hail it as the creator and governor of this realm.” -Sir James Jeans, The Mysterious Universe (1930)
This all-enveloping sensation of feeling, perceiving, experiencing is second-nature to us. We do not see it; but we employ it to see. We cannot comprehend it but it is the essence of our comprehension. And what it is can often appear an unfathomable and endless mystery. We may refer to it as our awareness of the world and we may also refer to it as the world itself. They are not separate. Consciousness is matter and matter is consciousness. What we are, after all is conscious matter.
This is everywhere apparent. At the scale of the microcosm, the act of observation creates the pattern of waves and particles defining the subatomic realm. Awareness is intimately bound up in the very tangible results of scientific measurement. Observation is required to collapse the wave-function of infinite possibility and create definable and measurable matter and energy. The vacuum of intergalactic space is a froth of virtual particles, which comprise what we once believed, was pure non-existence. We now know that in the cosmos at large something issues from nothing on a continuous basis.
The world we have created from natural and synthetic materials is the concrete manifestation of our thought and our will. These are qualities of mind that find their way through matter and energy to become, by brute application of the force of muscle and machine, our technological landscape. This is another way that mind and matter are one.
The cultural matrix which surrounds us is a realization of our imaginations, fantasy-lives, dream worlds, and our collective nightmares. We communicate with each other by means of information, sound, and image. These are reflections of our mental experience. Media extend our nervous systems in measurable pulsations of electromagnetic energy. This is not metaphor. This is how it is.
Image: “Matter and Mind” by Tullio DeSantis, ink drawing, brain and galaxy images, 2010