Awareness, not matter, is the ground of reality

It may be that what we perceive as the material world is actually “mostly empty space and mysterious quantum particles.”

“When Galileo suggested that the Earth goes around the sun it was ridiculed,” and expressing the idea was even considered to be a crime against the Church at the time, punishable by death. But now we see things differently, and our perceptions continue to change. Here is a bit of insight from a few great modern scientists…

James Hopwood Jeans:

“Today there is a wide measure of agreement which, on the physical side of science approaches almost unanimity, that the stream of knowledge is heading towards a non-mechanical reality: the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears as an accidental intruder into the realm of matter; we are beginning to suspect that we ought rather to hail is as the creator and governor of the realm of matter–not, of course, our individual minds, but the mind in which the atoms out of which our individual minds have grown exist as thoughts.”

Arthur Stanley Eddington:

“The idea of a universal Mind or Logos would be, I think, a fairly plausible inference from the present state of scientific theory.”

“I assert that the nature of all reality is spiritual, not material or a dualism of matter and spirit. The hypothesis that its nature can be, to any degree, material does not enter into my reckoning, because as we now understand matter, the putting together of the adjective ‘material’ and the noun ‘nature’ does not make sense.”

“If those who hold that there must be a physical basis for everything hold that these mystical views are nonsense, we may ask: What, then, is the physical basis for nonsense?”

Erwin Schrödinger:

“The overall number of minds is just one. I venture to call it indestructible since it has a peculiar timetable, namely mind is always now.”

“We do not belong to this material world that science constructs for us. We are not in it; we are outside. We are only spectators. The reason why we believe we are in it, that we belong to the picture, is that our bodies are in the picture.”

Albert Einstein:

“The human mind is not capable of grasping the universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they were written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books. A mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects.”

“The most important function of science is to awaken the cosmic religious feeling and keep it alive. It is very difficult to explain this feeling to anyone who is entirely without it. The individual feels the nothingness of human desires and aims, and the sublimity and marvelous order which reveal themselves both in nature and in the world of thought. He looks upon individual existence as a sort of prison and wants to experience the universe as a single significant whole.”

“I maintain that the cosmic religious feeling is the strongest and noblest motive for scientific research. A contemporary has said, not unjustly, that in this materialistic age of ours the serious scientific workers are the only profoundly religious people.”

“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest–a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

Wolfgang Pauli:

“I consider the ambition of overcoming opposites, including also a synthesis embracing both rational understanding and the mystical experience of unity, to be the mythos spoken or unspoken of our present day and age.”

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