“A scientific worldview which does not profoundly come to terms with the problem of conscious minds can have no serious pretensions of completeness. Conciousness is part of our universe, so any physical theory which makes no proper place for it falls fundamentally short of providing a genuine description of the world.”
Sir Roger Penrose (1931 – present)
Who are we really? This is a question that has travelled with us down the corridors of time. And now we have a mind-boggling set of answers to this question – each one largely shaped by geography, culture, language and religious tradition. Subject to where we are born we are likely to have a different answer to this question. And yet, under closer inspection, we find there are many overlapping themes… there is, in fact, more that binds us than divides us. But we need to listen more carefully if we are to find common ground. From there we can build bridges of understanding, which will help us to unravel the mysteries of consciousness.
The subject of consciousness is vast… and one thing for sure is that in order for us to make sense of reality, it cannot be ignored. Where science ignores consciousness it becomes blind, unable to see its own limitations and unable to embrace the vastness of the metaphysical truths. And as Einstein beautifully put it, not everything we count counts… and not everything that counts can be counted (paraphrased).
So, if we are to understand ourselves and our part in the cosmos we have to let go of what we think we know, in order that we might know the truth beyond our opinions and perspectives.
In this interesting documentary a number of neuroscientists, meditators, survivors of near-death experiences, and other commentators, offer their perspectives and experiences on this most fascinating of subjects. Our view is that unless you go on your own inward-looking journey, then the answers to this question will continue to elude you.