Panpsychism: The Science and Philosophy of an Intelligent Universal Mind

Panpsychism: The Science and Philosophy of an Intelligent Universal Mind

Move over survival of the fittest. Step aside gradual evolution through adaptability and random mutations.  There is a new player on the scientific/philosophical block. It is called ‘Panpsychism’, and it threatens to challenge absolutely everything currently known about what the universe is and how it works. On the simplest level, Panpsychism makes the astounding claim that the universe, rather than being a sterile backdrop in which materialistic ‘stuff’ evolves and develops, is instead a web of consciousness that brought about everything that is. This way of thinking is nothing new for those who follow metaphysics and some ancient religious systems. The idea of an Akashic Field has been around for millennia. But for scientists, operating within the parameters of mathematics and the scientific method, to give such a theory a name and subject it to peer reviewed papers, is a breakthrough. What Panpsychism says is that the universe itself may be self-aware.

Meditate Zen Meditation Sitting Buddhist Monk (CC0)

Meditate Zen Meditation Sitting Buddhist Monk (CC0)

Metaphysics meets Science

Zen masters for thousands of years have said that all is one, but to give this concept official sounding labels such as ‘entanglement’ and ‘proto-consciousness fields’ is quite shocking. It means that lines of inquiry which have traditionally moved along two separate roads, called metaphysics and science, may have now merged into one superhighway.


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