The materialists assert that consciousness is an epiphenomenon of brain processes, so when the brain dies, consciousness dies. Reality, they assert, is composed of objects in space and time that exist independent of consciousness. Consciousness evolved by chance from the outworking of physical laws and natural selection.
The materialists are mistaken. Consciousness is fundamental. What we see as matter and energy is experiences in consciousness. Experiences come into awareness briefly and are replaced by new experiences; they are transient. However, the consciousness that is aware of the experiences remains constant; it is permanent. As a result, when the body dies, the experiences in consciousness change, but consciousness remains alive.
Quantum mechanics has demonstrated that sub-atomic particles are in probability waves until they are observed, at which time the probability waves collapse into specific particle formations, creating the reality the observer is experiencing. In The Quantum Enigma, Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner, physics professors at the University of California at Santa Cruz, explain this waviness and that objects don’t exist in the traditional sense until consciousness experiences them.
The waviness in a region is the probability of finding the object in a particular place. We must be careful: The waviness is not the probability of the object being in a particular place. There is a crucial difference here! The object was not there before you found it there.
Consciousness is creating reality. Evidence that consciousness is creating reality has been provided in studies by Anton Zelinger, the Austrian quantum physicist who is professor of physics at the University of Vienna and Senior Scientist at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Recent experiments led by a group [headed by Anton Zelinger] at the university of Vienna, Austria, provide the most compelling evidence yet that there is no objective reality beyond what we observe. What they found is that Leggett’s Inequality is violated as well as Bell’s: even if you allow for instantaneous influences, quantum measurements do not fit with the idea of an objective reality. [Zelinger wrote,] “Rather than passively observing it, we are in fact creating reality.”
Astrophysicist Barnard Haisch, president of the Digital Universe Foundation and professor of physical science, math and engineering at Foothill College in Los Altos California, summarizes the conclusion Zelinger and others have come to as a result of their findings in quantum mechanics research.
It certainly looks as if there’s evidence coming out of the physics lab, not for God, but for the notion that consciousness is creating reality at the level of quantum physics. And if it’s creating reality at the level of quantum physics, then by implication, the rest of reality somehow also is being created by consciousness. And I think consciousness is actually the formative element behind the universe. It’s not that somehow it’s an epiphenomenon coming out of our brains and it’s not a matter of biochemistry taking place in here, but rather it’s consciousness that is the ultimate reality out of which everything else has come.
Pioneering physicist and mathematician Sir James Jeans, professor at the University of Cambridge and Princeton University, wrote this conclusion after studying the basis of reality from a physicist’s perspective.
The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter, we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter.
Consciousness underlies material reality. Consciousness is fundamental. Knowing that to be true, when experiences in the earth realm are no longer necessary or desirable for an individual, the body dies, but the individual’s mind, as an individuated unit of consciousness, cannot die because consciousness cannot die. The person’s consciousness lives on, enjoying a different realm of experiences.
For more, read There Is Nothing but Mind and Experiences.