We feel the necessity of being conscious of necessary things or happenings to save ourselves from being trapped in unfavorable circumstances.
Consciousness is so basic and elemental that it emerges in us from infancy. It is consciousness that enables a newborn baby to recognize its mother’s touch. Without consciousness, we can’t perceive anything. Consciousness is more than perception, thoughts, feelings, and awareness. It embraces us since birth and grows in us with time.
Consistent efforts to develop it can unfurl the real meaning of our existence, accompanied by the sense of the world surrounding us. It is the fundamental factor that brings maturity to an individual in all aspects. It is such a basic or elemental concept that the vocabulary falls short of providing its appropriate definition despite many efforts.
So, the perfect definition of consciousness is still unavailable. Consciousness can grow to any extent and make an individual superior to others. So, in this competitive world, we usually talk about levels of consciousness instead of making efforts to define it.
In this article, neither will I try to define consciousness, nor will I speak on the levels of consciousness. Here, I am making an effort from a scientific perspective to focus on the root of consciousness in the Universe. I intend to highlight the necessity of delving deep into this concept as it holds the seed to facilitate humanity.
Primary field of energy and consciousness:
We have read about various energy and energy fields like gravitational energy, electromagnetism, strong nuclear force, weak nuclear force, etc. These names are given for the convenience of understanding different energy forms. In reality, all forms of energy have emerged from only one energy field. This field is called the primary field.
It is evident that, at very high temperatures and in an extremely small area, all energy forms create congruity and behave in accordance with each other. At this level, different forms of energy leave their properties and work as an agent of an elemental force.
As if a sort of consciousness starts working in them. It is the level of the primary field. In this field, the gravitational force is not more powerful than other forces. The forces are in harmony at this more profound level.
That is why the various things we see in our surroundings don’t break and fall on each other. The concept of the Planck dimension discovered in 1899 helps to understand the nature of the primary field.
All energy fields emerged from the primary field. Consciousness is now expected to be elementary or fundamental than the primary field. Now it is expected that consciousness might have been there in its contexture from the beginning of the Universe.
Anthropic principles and consciousness:
The anthropic principle states that the Universe’s primary condition was that it would be the home of intellectual, knowledgeable, living beings having cognitive power.
All these features point towards the necessity of having consciousness since the emergence of the Universe. As we gain all kinds of knowledge through consciousness, our understanding of the external world is also the result of our consciousness, so science must join hands with philosophy to find the roots of consciousness in the Universe for betterment of humankind.
How can we relate Genome, DNA to consciousness?
Our bodies are constructed of millions of cells having a complete set of instructions for our making. This set of instructions is known as our genome, and it consists of DNA.
In a mother’s womb, only one cell finally develops into a baby. The cell in which the DNA exists and contains twenty-three pairs of chromosomes.
This cell alone plays a significant role in forming different body parts and contains the individual’s blueprint. The DNA that was in one cell only is finally found in every part of the grown-up individual.
There must be a cosmic genome in the contexture of the Universe that contains consciousness. The Anthropic principle and the Universe’s reality of undergoing a process of growth like our body present the possibility of having a cosmic genome and the presence of consciousness in it.
How has the opinion about consciousness changed in the world?
Consciousness was once considered a by-product of a significant event. Here the observer and the event are considered separate from each other. But the emergence of quantum physics changed the scenario. It stated that an observer’s consciousness could draw results from the quantum system with various possibilities as per the observer’s consciousness. The observer’s consciousness can bring forth a possibility as the reality of life with the help of quantum particles.
Why is understanding the roots of consciousness necessary?
Quantum physics says consciousness plays a vital role in creating new realities of life. So, the world we see is the result of our consciousness. We all lament the loss of moral values, humanity from the world we see. But it is the reality of the physical world.
Changing the physical world scenario requires efforts on the consciousness level older than the primary energy field. Such actions require the scientific knowledge of the deeper level where consciousness exists.
The discovery of the components of consciousness is still awaited. Knowing its roots and details can help us understand our hidden powers and use them to facilitate society.
These efforts may finally culminate into the foundation of the global set of rules on a scientific base to restore peace and humanity in the world.