For at least a couple of generations university scientists refused to consider consciousness, whether or not it exists, because they believed that the question fell outside of empirical hard science, that it was Woo woo! Mystical mud that had no place in the lab.
But as it becomes more clear in physics –as it has long been stated by mysticism and spirituality –consciousness may be the center of all natural phenomenon as we know it, that is, reality itself. Without conscious experience the cat is both dead and alive.
Consciousness creates reality.
And how does reality come to us, how does human consciousness work?
We tell ourselves and hear stories about everything, and we believe many of them, even when they’re not true, like the memory we had as children, getting into a fight, giving my first blackeye, when in fact, if you asked somebody else, like the kid I supposedly gave a blackeye too, I’m the one that got the black eye.
The truth doesn’t matter to our physiology, in cases like this; what matters is meaning. Our brains encode memories based on their meaning and emotional impact.
We believe two main stories, one about ourselves, who we are and one about truth, God or science or how we think the world works.
These two stores scaffold millions of the micro stories we tell ourselves or are told by others in our life time.
The mere act of reading this text is a story. Why are you still reading? Most people gave up after the title.
Why are you reading?
Whatever you take from this —is a story, and it more or less reinforces your belief about the two main stories, who you are and what is reality.
If you’re reading this you’re probably interested in consciousness, you like to have fun with metaphors of philosophy and science, and you like to look for connection in things, to use your imagination.
Our two stories, the story of me and the story of God or Science or both,
are only stories. They are false.
There is no God, no Theory of Everything, and no such thing as you.
And that’s a good thing.