Saturday, July 2, 2011

Does Consciousness Create the Universe?

"All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind the existence of this force a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter."
-- Max Planck --
It is safe to say that the work of Max Plank inspired Einstein's vision of relativity. He may also be called the father of the quantum theory. Indeed, it was Planck who first coined and used the term 'quanta" to describe the smallest possible unit of energy.  His work at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries set the stage for the "new physics" which has contributed so significantly to a new scientific and sociological worldview. And his observation that "the matrix of all matter" is "mind" continues to present a challenge to physics, psychology and metaphysics as collectively we search for paradigms of new meaning to understand reality and our place in it.

The attached video, from which Planck's famous axiom is taken, explores the possibility (some would say "probability" or even "reality") that it is consciousness itself which gives birth to the universe as we know it . . . and it is the quality of consciousness that effects the quality of our reality and our world.