"There Must Be Something Behind That Energy"

The Problem of Consciounsess

If you look at a human brain, it appears to be an unremarkable sponge-like object. However, Chris Frith, Professor of Neuropsychology at the University College London tells us that “the total number of possible connections within the human brain are greater than the number of particles in the known universe.” The human brain is a deep mystery, and a problem for science.God and Consciousness

Philosopher named David Chalmers said, “Look, I’m not a zombie, and I pray that you’re not a zombie,” Chalmers said, one Sunday before Christmas, “but the point is that evolution could have produced zombies instead of conscious creatures – and it didn’t!”  

What Chalmers is saying, in other words, is that if you believe in Evolution, why didn’t it produce creatures that were atom-for-atom the same as humans, capable of everything humans can do, except with no spark of awareness inside? As Chalmers explained: “I’m talking to you now, and I can see how you’re behaving; I could do a brain scan, and find out exactly what’s going on in your brain – yet it seems it could be consistent with evidence that you have no consciousness at all.” So consciousness must, somehow, be something extra – an additional ingredient in nature.

Science Can't Explain It

For science, and the laws of physics in particular, consciousness is a troublesome subject which cannot be pinned down and measured as a material thing as the uncertainties of subjective experience interfere with efforts to arrive at universal truths.

Steven Weinberg, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979, concedes in his book “Dreams of a Final Theory” that there’s a problem with consciousness, and despite the power of physical theory, the existence of consciousness doesn’t seem derivable from physical laws. When asked if he believed in God, even Einstein replied “There must be something behind the energy.”

“It will remain remarkable,” said Nobel physicist Eugene Wigner, “in whatever way our future concepts may develop, that the very study of the external world led to the conclusion that the content of the consciousness is an ultimate reality.”

We create, self-reflect, and come to know God through our consciousness. This is why one of the very best ways to know God is through the knowing of self. We are composed of the same essence as God.

One more thing to think about: if it wasn’t for God, there would be no atheists who could use their consciousness to dispute the existence of the God who created them and their consciousness!

Merry Christmas!

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