This is the initiation of a conversation between Simon Egopart and me on the idea of Cosmic Consciousness and Idealism, which began as a conversation about the metaphysics of Bernardo Kastrup. I will post here the opening of the conversation written by Mr. Egopart, and will respond in the comment section.
Mr. Egopart’ s writings can be found here: https://simonegopart.be/
Simon Egopart writes:
Cogito ergo sum. We have a mind that allows us to experience things, and clearly there is something to experience. It seems there is mind and there is “something”. To science, today, both remain a mystery.
In the 20th century, science has discovered that “the something” consists of energy. We interact with energy and, as a result, build an image of a world inside our minds. Science was able to discover a number of properties of energy, and invented formulas that allow us to predict the behavior of energy. But science can only speculate about the origin of energy or about why energy behaves the way that it does. Science doesn’t have any idea about what energy really is and based on the discoveries of the last 100 years, it seems more and more likely that the answer to those questions, will forever remain out of perception’s reach. The same goes up for mind. So far, science is stuck on the hard problem of consciousness, and can only speculate on how our mental experience of reality is generated.
For centuries now, science has been trying to improve its understanding, by extending what our senses can observe. Science tries to dig deeper into “the something” we experience. However, we can take a different approach by focusing on the second component that is involved in our experience: mind. Is there something in our mind that can explain how energy could make us experience a physical reality?
There most certainly is! There is a perfect candidate, a gem hidden in plain sight. We dream! A dreamdoor may feel hard while dreaming, but it is not an object. It is a thought. Something in our mind, I will call it the “manifestation-mechanism” from now on, is able to make a mental reality, feel like a physical reality. The manifestation-mechanism is so powerful that only minds that are trained in the art of lucid dreaming, can distinguish the dreamworld from waking reality. The dreamworld consists solely of thoughts, but the manifestation-mechanism presents the dreamer an extremely convincing experience of a physical reality.
Because we dream, we are certain that the manifestation-mechanism exists. And that reduces the question about the nature of our reality to the following very simple question: Is that manifestation-mechanism only active when we dream, or also when we are awake? In that aspect it is noteworthy that scientists have discovered that dreaming about something makes our brain fire in the same pattern as performing the activity in the real world. It looks like something similar is going.
If we simply assume that the energy of our reality is mental in nature, instead of physical, than our experience of reality becomes completely understandable. The quantum collapse is no longer mysterious. When observed, a mental energy wave feeds the manifestation-mechanism which results in the experience of observing a “solid” particle. The hard problem of consciousness also dissolves. Even dark energy, lightspeed and relativity are no longer weird. All paradoxes that science is confronted with, become understandable and the only thing we have to do for that, is assume that energy mental in nature. So let’s apply Ockham’s razor!
The purpose of these lines it not to convince that reality is mental in nature. I only want to convey that the idea that energy is mental in nature, is a valid hypothesis on the nature of our reality, and that it is by no means absurd to investigate it.
Since any reasonable person should agree that science is our best method for investigation, the concept of a mental reality should be investigated scientifically. Unfortunately, today this is NOT possible. Science was hijacked by materialism and in order to protect their precious belief system, materialists have rigged the way scientific research is conducted. They did so, by broadly adopting a frame of evidence that by its very nature, only “works” if reality is indeed physical in nature.
This is clearly demonstrated by the case of the infamous Masaru Emoto. Whether or not his discoveries are valid, is not even relevant for our reasoning. Emoto claimed that human consciousness could affect the molecular structure of water. To materialists this idea is absurd. To idealists is it entirely possible, because water and consciousness are both manifestations of the same mental energy. However, if Emoto would be right, if indeed the molecular structure of water can be affected by human consciousness, then how could he ever reproduce his results under circumstances set by materialists? If materialists are involved in the experiment, the water of the experiment would be subject to both the consciousness of team Emoto ánd the consciousness of team Matter. And since materialists do not believe the molecular structure of water can be affected by human consciousness and so, their consciousness would interfere with the results of the experiment. The only way to avoid such interference would be to isolate the experiment from opposing consciousness, and currently the only way known to us to do this, is to make sure this opposing consciousness is not involved at all. But in this case the results of the investigation would not be accepted by materialists. This is a deadlock situation and a problem that should be deeply troubling to well-meaning scientists.
The requirement that a “non-believer” should be able to produce the same experimental results as a “believer”, makes perfect sense in a physical reality, but it is completely absurd in a mental reality. If you want to investigate a specific hypothesis, you have to be able to work under conditions that are compatible with the hypothesis. If science has adopted a methodology that only allows to investigate some hypothesis and not others, it de facto is no longer scientific, but religious.
In order to fix this we have to increase our understanding of how energy works, but I’ll hold onto my thoughts on that for now. If you think all of the above is rubbish, if you can easily refute it, there is no need for me to continue.