The Cosmos and Consciousness
Panpsychism – The Universe may be capable of consciousness.
A new scientific concept has recently come to light, which scientists are calling
“panpsychism.” Panpsychism says that the universe could be capable of consciousness,
which could change everything.
For quite some time, scientists have been working to understand the universe,
where it came from, and why we are here. However, they have often come up short
until now. The scientist responsible for such a notion is Gregory Matloff, and
his ideas are shocking, to say the least.
According to Matloff, a physicist at New York City College of Technology, in his
recently published paper, humans could be like the rest of the universe, in substance
and in spirit. Futurism reported that a “proto-consciousness field” could extend
throughout all space. Basically, in laymens terms, the entire cosmos could be
Another supporter of panpsychism is Christof Koch of the Allen Institute for Brain
Science. He says that biological organisms are conscious because when they approach
a new situation, they are able to change their behavior in order to thwart a bad
situation. Due to this view, he is trying to see if he can measure the level of
consciousness a being displays.
In order to accomplish this, he will be running a number of experiments, including
one that includes wiring the brains of two mice together to see if the information
will flow between the two like a fused, integrated system would.
“The only dominant theory we have of consciousness says that it is associated with
complexity – with a system’s ability to act upon its own state and determine its
own fate,” Koch argues. “Theory states that it could go down to very simple systems.
In principle, some purely physical systems that are not biological or organic may
also be conscious.”
As it stands, panpsychism is just in the experimental phase. However, if scientists
are able to prove their theory, it could shake the world of science to its core.