There was an interesting article in New Scientist on March 30th, 2022:

A new place for consciousness in our understanding of the universe

”To make sense of mysteries like quantum mechanics and the passage of time, theorists are trying to reformulate physics to include subjective experience as a physical constituent of the world.”

This is something that has been quite obvious already from the born of quantum physics but finally also mainstream science is starting to acknowledge this. We need to learn to understand subjective experiences and the relationship between mind and matter. There is no such thing as completely objective science, the observer always has an effect on what they are observing.

I wrote about this topic also in my book “Hyperreality”: 

”All objective information is based on subjective observation. As a result of materialism, the understanding of subjective experiences has been almost ignored. Many times subjective experiences have been considered to belong under parapsychology.  …

We have searched for objective reality, but what we should understand is the subjective.”

And everything points to the fact that consciousness is fundamental.

There are scholars who have studied these kind of subjects for years, and I of course have to mention studies of Robert Jahn, Ph.D. and Brenda Dunne from PEAR laboratory, since their research series has been so exceptional. For almost 30 years, they studied a broad range of experiments on consciousness-related physical anomalies and proposed theoretical models to illuminate the fundamental nature of these phenomena, and thus, our nature.

In their paper from 1997, titled: Science of the subjective, they mention that over the past few centuries subjectivity has been progressively excluded from the practice of science, leaving an essentially secular analytical paradigm:

Quite recently, however, a compounding constellation of newly inexplicable physical evidence, coupled with a growing scholarly interest in the nature and capability of human consciousness, are beginning to suggest that this sterilization of science may have been excessive and could ultimately limit its epistemological reach and cultural relevance.”

They also mention that there are some challenges:

“However, any disciplined re-admission of subjective elements into rigorous scientific methodology will hinge on the precision with which they can be defined, measured, and represented, and on the resilience of established scientific techniques to their inclusion. “

I can whole-heartedly agree with them that:

“It is not unfounded, therefore, to hope that the same exquisite consciousness that has so brilliantly conceived and refined its science of the objective, and that has at the same time so fully experienced and celebrated the subjective dimensions of its life, can now finally integrate these complementary per- spectives into a super-science of the whole, wherein consciousness will stand as full partner with its cosmos in the establishment of reality.”

We have definitely now entered the post-material era. And the sooner the better, since as written in the Manifesto for Post-Materialist Science:

“The shift from materialist science to post-materialist science may be of vital importance to the evolution of the human civilization. It may be even more pivotal than the transition from geocentrism to heliocentrism.”

Read more

New Scientist, March 30, 2022, “A new place for consciousness in our understanding of the universe”

Hyperreality – Beyond the Horizon Where Physics Meets Consciousness, 2021

R.G.Jahn and B. Dunne, The PEAR Proposition, Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 195–245, 2005.

R.G.Jahn and B. Dunne, Science of the subjective, Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol.11, No.2, pp.201-224,1997.

Manifesto for Post-Materialist Science


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