The deeper connective principles of consciousness

Interview with Prof. dr. Dirk K.F. Meijer in Epoch Times Magazine, Israel. Date: 8th of July, 2019. 

A new consciousness model suggests that our thoughts are not only affected by the neurons in our brain, but also by external forces acting on us and shaping our consciousness.

Beginning in the 1980s, Meijer began to delve into “information theory” that deals with measuring information and the ability to transfer it from one source to another. As he deepened the subject, he finally concluded that everything in our world consisted of three basic elements: matter, energy, and information. Think of a grain of sand. It is composed of matter – sand, but it also contains energy and information. “Information is what gives form to matter and energy, and also gives shape to cellular proteins, DNA, and more,” explains Professor Meijer. “In addition, all three of these components can be mutually converted to each other, such as converting energy into information, and vice versa.”

Professor Meijer does not stop here and explains that not only human beings have consciousness. “Every creature in this world that aims to survive, gathers information from the environment, keeps it and employs it to continue living. That is, consciousness is not unique to humans, there is certainly consciousness in animals and to some extent in plants, and even single-celled creatures such as bacteria may have at least some proto-consciousness. Gathering of information from the environment and employ this as information to survive was crucial in biological evolution. 

If there is a sort of consciousness in other bodies of nature, such as plants and bacteria, the fractal principle we dealt with earlier, suggests that it may even exist in much larger elements than humans. “I argue that consciousness is manifest at any scale in the cosmos. That is, universal consciousness is always present as such in the whole nature that we observe, it is present in the greatest of black holes to the smallest sub-atomic scales we can imagine. When you picture this fantastic variety of forms and sizes, we humans are exactly in the middle with regard to relative size in our universe (see picture below). Perhaps that means that humans have a central place in the expression of cosmic consciousness and thereby a major responsibility for survival of our planet. “

The full article about this interview is here:

Henk Kieft

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