Consciousness is recognized as probably the most hard
problem in today's science.
It cannot be reduced to swirling atoms, or neuronal blips, or
even ever seen in any
micro-scope or scanning. It exposes a problematic, and maybe
epistemological gap straddling between physics,
neuro-physiology and philosophy.
seems to be contained in the
brain, but not produced by the brain,
just as the beer is
contained in the bottle,
but not produced by the bottle...
holds the key to
understanding the nature of
core phenomena like
this so-called actual
reality versus the imaginary and fanciful dreams.
If both Early Buddhism and Quantum-Mechanics has got it
right, then consciousness
is a fundamental property or foundational element in its
own right on par with space
and time sharing the all-accommodating quality with
these physical elements insofar
as just as they - though empty in themselves! -
can 'contain' all physical things and
matter including mass, light and gravity so can
consciousness - in itself also empty -
'contain', display, and even dynamically project all
mental objects called 'phenomena'...
Consciousness (viññāna) from an Early Buddhist
The Buddha on Meditation and Higher
States of Consciousness:
Online papers on
Consciousness & core links:
TIME article: The Mystery of Consciousness:
Is consciousness a wave
form or an emergent property of the brain?
Is it up in the sky, or hidden inside the labyrinth,
or everywhere present?