Here’s another old journal article from July 2005 where I attempt to create the universe from pure consciousness, along the lines of Husserl’s phenomenology combined with mathematics and quantum theory (Dennett probably also had something to do with it):
The argument for a subconscious or subliminal mind is an argument from silence. In terms of agency, one could just as well argue for spirits and demons. What the subjective reports suggest is the priority of feelings and inner voices arising from they know not where. Sometimes they accord with conscious, volitional tendencies and sometimes they are opposed. It seems to the subject as if he were two selves conversing, or that some powerful external agent were communicating with him, in his inner self, sometimes articulately and sometimes inarticulately, or a combination of both.
One could argue that spiritual and demonic agency is entangled in material agencies of various forms and media. This is how one can discriminate between the moral value of a thing or thought ‘in itself’ and the moral intention of a thing or thought. Things ‘in themselves’ are generally morally neutral; moral value arises solely from intention in relation to contingent moral models or frames of reference (narratives).
This is also why it is easy to confuse or to be unable to discriminate between one’s own conscious agency and those that are ‘foreign’. Psychologists label these foreign agencies subconscious or subliminal but this is merely an assumption, a working theoretical model of mind which tries to explain where certain inclinations or thoughts originate without reference to anything external to the brain. Therefore, this assumption reveals its biases and limitations in terms of its conception of reality in general.
Dennett’s position of memes as external shaping forces for consciousness is helpful in admitting and identifying one type of external source that informs and creates consciousness. However, these memes are also subject to moral discriminations in terms of their inherent and intentional values. His theory is also consistent with materialist philosophy.
However, if one’s understanding of ‘material’ should include that matter – physical matter, ‘particles’ and ‘waves’ – itself is conscious, based on recent, state of the art science which demonstrates that elementary particles exhibit non-local ‘awareness’ and that their very existence as solid, localized, ‘real’ things is totally dependent upon their being consciously observed, and that the evidence from experiment is now pointing toward the existence of higher spatial dimensions and time symmetric properties (i.e. that particles are aware of the future as well as the past), one’s understanding of ‘materialism’ will undergo, must undergo some modification.
I am going to go front to back on this one. Here is my theory:
God created a living universe that originated in a perfect geometrical concept, this being the nature of God who is consciousness. The consciousness ‘realized’ an externality by ‘speaking’, moving itself into original motion, breaking the silence of its concept into tiny bits, vibrations, which it observed. The complexity of this concept is evident by our observation of the universe, and reality as we know it is the epiphenomenon of this complex concept.
Therefore, vibration, movement resulted in the appearance of particulate matter – light – whose properties are yet mysterious and from which the entire universe, visible and invisible, is composed [see John Gribbin, Schrodinger’s Kittens, for a discussion on how all particles are made of light, or photons; see also Michio Kaku, Hyperspace, for an even more detailed discussion]. Light is a combination of concept (wave), and percept (particle). It is extremely malleable and powerful as a building material of the most intricate, hypergeometric, supersymmetric structures.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans: “…since the knowledge of God is manifest among them; for God has openly shown it to them. For his unseen qualities have been observable, by reason, from the things made in the creation of the universe, which [qualities] are his amazing power and divinity..”
We know from observation of nature that these perfect geometrical concepts are conceptual, virtual objects that exist in consciousness, by consciousness, yet they are the basis and the ground of all function, all universal laws by which particulate matter holds together and by which it works in its productions for perception, both of itself and by the ‘machines’ which it composes. ‘Mechanics’ is a conscious process, proceeding from design, which proceeds from the thought of God.
God did not hack off a piece of himself and make matter out of it. Matter proceeds from awareness by design, and so it seems to us and to God. Thus, this real-seeming universe, as a production of the alien consciousness, the spirit of God, APPEARS and we appear within it, as constructs of it and of God’s consciousness. Consciousness pervades every particle, ‘realizing’ it and so, each particle realizes every other, conceptually, immediately, hyper-dimensionally, geometrically.
So particles are pieces of God’s consciousness that he has observed. The meaning of observation in this sense reveals to us the nature of God as all powerful, because by our own observations of particulate matter, we find a tremendous force in their reality – that God’s observation enforces the particles with such energy [εργα] that we find them mysteriously indestructible. Protons do not decay, their lifetime is longer than that of the universe. We also discover, by different observations, that they maintain their purely conceptual nature and conscious properties, i.e., the corresponding wave form of a particle such that the particle does not exist until it collapses by observation into something real. Recent developments in the science of theoretical physics and mathematics reveal that particles are the geometrical manifestations of the symmetries of higher dimensions that have been dissected in our lower dimensional frame of reference, but that this perspective is what results in particles and their properties. From the perspective of hyper-dimensional geometry (‘space’), the differentiated qualities are united by the principle of supersymmetry, a symmetry that is above what we can observe in nature – a conceptual simplification of reality, of details, from a higher perspective (which explains certain ‘invisible’ forces, as gravity for example).
These dimensions are impossible to visualize in the sense of optical vision or images related to or based on optical images, but they can be ‘visualized’ conceptually, especially mathematically, but also metaphorically. The beauty of mathematics is its precision, both in terms of scope and in terms of definition. Math helps us to ‘see’ what we cannot see visually. Its symbols of representation are poetic, derived from specific aspects of reality and yet abstracted, pure. They are a combination of perception and concept, and so, mathematics moves upward from perception to concept, whereas reality moves downward from concept to perception.
And so, we and all matter are localized within a dimensional plurality which is not entirely perceptual but is entirely conceptual. This is reflected in our awareness of qualities of reality that only ‘appear’ to us abstractly, as opposed to literally, e.g. color – qualities of which our consciousness is constructed in concert with qualities consciously perceived. The conceptual and perceptual qualities of matter combine in design to form the great machine, the universe, and the various mechanistic entities existing in it, all of which are conscious and directed by the thought, the will, the intention of God.
God is a free being, unfettered and unhindered. His consciousness knows no limitation, especially no limitation in terms of his creation. His intention manifests in the universe as a necessity of its being entirely his production, just as we find our imaginations to appear limitless and without restriction in the creation of our thoughts, our personal universe, our selves. We are able to do this as an extension of the nature of the universe, the nature of the matter of which we are made, and the nature of God as its maker.