August 1, 2012
The Science of Consciousness
Here is the next installment of an interview Andrew did for Intent.com where he describes how the teaching of Evolutionary Enlightenment aligns with the deepest and most profound understandings of the cosmos that science is continuing to reveal to us:
Question: How does the concept of evolutionary enlightenment fit in with modern scientific notions about how the brain works?
Answer: Evolutionary Enlightenment is a new culturally relevant expression of what I call the “new mysticism.” It’s culturally relevant because it is very much in alignment with science’s most significant breakthroughs in the fields of cosmology, biology, and also the latest insights into how culture is created and how it evolves. It was only very recently that science discovered that the universe is 14 billion years old and that it burst into being in a flash of light and energy.
It’s only recently that we are beginning to understand the relationships between cosmic evolution, biological evolution, and cultural evolution. It is the great breakthrough of the western enlightenment and the liberation of our rational investigation into our origins that has made it possible for us to now have this Big Picture perspective on who we are and how we arrived here-and-now in the present moment.
Science is now observing the neural correlates of consciousness in our biological brain. They will never find the deepest and most fundamental dimension of who we are — consciousness — through the lens of a microscope, but it is consciousness that makes it possible for us to make the profound and significant breakthroughs that science is making in so many arenas, including neuroscience.
You can read the entire interview here.
Image: Dr Jonathan Clarke / Wellcome Images