In this blog I would like to share an excerpt from one of my unpublished texts from my studies, titled “Beyond material conception of human consciousness: empirical and phenomenological evidence”.
Here we go:
For over three centuries we have had the cannon balls and apple trajectories of Newtonian classical physics and decades of mechanical conception of the human psyche as portrayed by, from a modern cognitive perspective, rather superficial behaviorism.
Today, even the solid science of quantum physics is not only volunteering but indeed vigorously proving the essential role of the consciousness in strictly physical experiments (i.e. delayed-choice experiment). According to the reproducible results of those experiments, the consciousness is powerfully entering the domain of ‘objective’ physical reality (as per the Copenhagen interpretation) and thus forcing us to reassess our most cherished beliefs about basic premises of ‘reality’. While the Newtonian mechanical and deterministic standpoint is obviously in accordance with our day-to-day life experience of solid material objects, we cannot but dignify the possibility that there must be more to ourselves and to the universe we live in.
This ongoing paradigm shift is also being reflected in psychology. The mechanical, bodily and deterministic viewpoints on the human psyche of psychiatry in general, and behaviorism in particular, have been giving way to new, positive, more permissive and light, forces in the area of human conscious experience, namely humanistic and transpersonal psychology. While hard material evidence that would unequivocally authenticate the origins of consciousness still eludes scientific researchers in laboratories worldwide, empirical and phenomenological research evidence that clearly speaks in favor of its existence beyond the material brain matter is truly voluminous.
In the present paper I examine various scientific research results and other resources that provide ample evidence for existence of consciousness beyond orthodox line of thought and even beyond material brain matter.
A violation of the first law of thermodynamics
At Sri Ranga Patna orphanage in Mysore, in the south of India, there are two quite intriguing objects, an ongoing miracle from the point of view of classical physics: two thumb-nail sized slivers of porcelain, both bearing the likeness of a certain Indian saints. For the last twenty-five years or so, they have been producing a honey-like liquid that tastes and smells like jasmine, out of nothing.
I was at that orphanage back in 1993, on my first trip to India. I was standing right there, holding one of the two pieces of porcelain in my right palm, witnessing the liquid coming out of the small object, continuously materializing from the small object. When my palm was full of liquid, the manager of the orphanage took the object and placed it on my left palm, right in front of my eyes. And the little object filled up my left palm with liquid in a few seconds.
I remember a young visitor from our group, he just stood there, with the two objects in his both palms, completely dumbfounded, in shock. His whole body and non-verbal communication was screaming a disbelief, doubt and amazement. He was keep repeating: “I don’t believe it! This is impossible!”
Yes, it indeed is impossible, at least from the Newtonian point of view. The phenomenon at that orphanage would no doubt have left Newton, the great scientist, in anguish. Clear violation of the firmly established first law of thermodynamics (see details here >>) would probably be an enormous challenge for his belief system: objects in question do not heat up or cool down, they do not change temperature at all (at least they didn’t in my palms), no external material apparatus or energy source is connected to the objects, no external energy input of any kind is present and yet, liquid keeps pouring out.
If we embrace the Latin proverb, nullum gratuitum prandium, who or what is empowering the objects to keep producing large amounts of sweet liquid out of nothing, for free and for over twenty-five years?”