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July 21 2013

Chopra Foundation News

Update on The Consciousness Project – Cracking the Cosmic Code

By Deepak Chopra, MD and Jim Walsh

As founders and backers, we are announcing a major initiative to solve the epic problems that the world faces. Leading the way is global warming, with its eventual threat of mass extinction if worse comes to worst.

But climate change is linked to globalization, economic upheaval, overpopulation, and hostile tensions in the world’s hot spots. The link, we believe, is consciousness, and the only way to solve our epic problems is to arrive at an understanding of consciousness that will benefit humanity.

Whether in the short run or the long run, the choice is between a deteriorating planet or a new paradigm.

The existing paradigm is scientific, as we all know. Objective science is the hallmark of society today. It has an unrivaled power base. Its description of reality has molded the modern world. Its worldview holds sway over universities, governments and the public at large. Everyone who participates in the consensus view of reality has been touched by it. But the role of the observer has puzzled and intrigued physics since the quantum revolution a century ago. We feel that this issue offers a crucial opening for expanding the role of science.

As a counterpoint to the science juggernaut, there is another view of reality supported by loosely aligned groups in religion, philosophy, and a minority in science. Their worldview is consciousness-based. Whatever their differences, supporters of consciousness place mind first in Nature and matter second. Such a worldview has no significant financial backing comparable to mainstream science. It has been excluded from experimentation in major universities and all but banished from respectability, depending on the rich heritage, East and West, of saints, sages, and seers who fall outside the scientific method.

A New Vision

The vision of The Consciousness Project is to close this gap by expanding science and at the same time submitting consciousness to experimental research. The opening for this vision has already appeared among a generation of researchers who regard the fusion of mind and body, consciousness and matter, physics and biology, as paramount. Objective science has failed to explain how consciousness arose from matter. The consciousness tradition has yet to explain how mind could create matter. Two worldviews depend on one of these explanations being true. Until we can show how molecules learned to think or how thoughts create molecules, the full truth about Nature and reality will remain hidden.

As to specifics, The Consciousness Project will focus on the most urgent questions that would lead to a final answer:

1. Does consciousness leave traces in the physical world? If so, can they be measured and replicated?

2. Are the brain processes associated with mind a cause or an effect?

3. Is there mind outside the brain?

4. Since all living organisms display biological autonomy – the ability to make decisions that are not predetermined by physics and chemistry – is this evidence of mind in all life forms?

5. Is the activity of consciousness on any level where it might exist – human, biological, physical, or cosmic – consistent with the proven findings of quantum physics?

6. Is the universe conscious?

7. Did human awareness evolve from systems throughout Nature that self-organize in an intelligent way?

The fact that these primary questions are being addressed after decades of neglect spurs the need for even more expanded research. The benefits to society could be incalculable. Through the objective approach, technologies have burgeoned to improve material life. With a parallel advance in observer-based science, a huge domain of consciousness may reveal abilities in self-healing, mental communication, the eradication of inner conflicts that lead to war, and new areas of inspiration and intellectual breakthroughs.

We recognize that consciousness, although the hallmark of human existence, has suffered from problems of acceptance and credibility in mainstream science (despite the original quantum pioneers who became convinced that consciousness must be included in any observational scheme – such figures as Max Planck, Erwin Schrödinger, and Wolfgang Pauli). Moreover, the consciousness worldview has no center, critical mass, or focus that enables people to connect with it beyond changeable intellectual and spiritual fads.

The responsibility of The Consciousness Project then, is to create that critical mass, which will become the necessary core for consciousness-based science. To do this we will organize a five- year project, in both basic and applied research, starting with a funding of $1 billion dollars. Of this initial money, half will be raised from investors, half through worldwide participation by institutions and individuals. The latter will include a global social network program to educate and inspire people about our efforts. Everything we fund will be transparently outlined. We want as many as possible to grasp the basic consciousness premise, the reasons for working on it, and the potential benefits to society. Since the Project will act as the funding institution for qualifying researchers worldwide, we have enlisted advisers and consultants to act as enterprise partners if and when we discover technologies that measurably improve people’s lives.

The Consciousness Project aims to be open-minded but one-pointed in its focus. There are many competing definitions of consciousness, tracing their origins back thousands of years. East and West, each of these strands has something valuable to contribute. A modern definition of consciousness that all or most researchers can agree upon is highly desirable. Such a definition doesn’t exist at present. It is hidden at the junction of visible matter and invisible mind. Now that science has turned its gaze, at long last, to this junction, we believe it will be the very crux of reality. The Consciousness Project is going where reality leads us – this has been the impetus that resulted in every great scientific discovery, past, present, and future.

 

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  • What progress has been made in the following front for which you a strong supporter? The Structure of a Synchronicity A ………………………………………. A’ Subjective experienced Linking Principle Objective Event (causes/ or a causal?) Consciousness as an universal causal principle? Now hoping for more scientists and engineers to design more gorgeous experiments. Does Adriana Castelazo rings a hint? That was one beautiful synchronicity that links us. It was fun back 7 years ago. Phenomena blossoming every day.

    Kangeloux // 2013-07-21 23:10:44 // //
  • want to know the books which have shaped your thoughts, if you name a few books in your web site suggesting us to read apart from yours .

    Sushanta Saha // 2013-07-22 05:01:42 // //

 

 

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  • the confines of this body and perception through its senses is what consciousness is.... although in true sense... it sould come when all of these are directed inwards towards one own center!! thats true consciousness!

    Pooja Sharma // 2013-07-30 00:52:08 // //
  • Sou do Brasil, e adorei o livro "Spiritual Solutions"....Parabéns!

    Eliza Machado // 2013-07-23 08:18:29 // //
  • Go for a vipassana 10 day course Mr Deepak Chopra <3

    Psychology & Human Nature // 2013-07-22 16:49:40 // //
  • want to know the books which have shaped your thoughts, if you name a few books in your web site suggesting us to read apart from yours .

    Sushanta Saha // 2013-07-22 05:01:42 // //
  • Que paso maestro se soltó las trenzas NAMASTE

    Coty Aguirre // 2013-07-22 03:59:34 // //
  • I AM ~♡~ is undefinable, infinitely limitless, without borders n can never be captured

    Nicole Lauren // 2013-07-22 03:50:09 // //
  • And never will. Just as one religion never will. :-)

    Tjitske Tissink // 2013-07-22 02:45:23 // //
  • consciousness@to avoid being materialistic...

    Aditya Dhir // 2013-07-22 01:53:38 // //
  • I just saw that comment... unified field is a perfect definition... we all are our own micro-universe, some peoples gravity is so great they cannot see beyond themselves... while others give until nothing is left knowing stardust lasts forever

    Arianna Lucas // 2013-07-22 00:16:10 // //
  • see John Hagelin and the unified field on FB

    Jay B. Lawrence // 2013-07-21 23:29:16 // //
  • awareness of self and whats all around us, to different levels of reality.

    Jay B. Lawrence // 2013-07-21 23:28:09 // //
  • Great.

    Jose Angel Rivera // 2013-07-21 23:21:42 // //
  • What progress has been made in the following front for which you a strong supporter? The Structure of a Synchronicity A ………………………………………. A’ Subjective experienced Linking Principle Objective Event (causes/ or a causal?) Consciousness as an universal causal principle? Now hoping for more scientists and engineers to design more gorgeous experiments. Does Adriana Castelazo rings a hint? That was one beautiful synchronicity that links us. It was fun back 7 years ago. Phenomena blossoming every day.

    Kangeloux // 2013-07-21 23:10:44 // //
  • Defining consciousness is no different from defining any other word. The result will be a convention, relative to culture, and more broadly to humanity. That definition will change, as all definitions do, because definitions are not *ultimate* truth. The closest you can get to ultimate truth is belief in a unified-seamless reality, or better yet, the Madhyamaka conclusion that nothing exists, not even the void. Conventionally speaking, "the quality or state of being aware" isn't half bad, with aware defined as "having or showing realization, perception, or knowledge." It's a rabbit hole of convention to chase the definition further. Why not focus on the source principle: tat tvam asi / unified-seamless reality? Convince people of that, and the rest will follow.

    Mark Gladden // 2013-07-21 23:05:19 // //
  • Agreed. You look great.

    Julie Minjoe // 2013-07-21 22:55:21 // //
  • Hey Chops!! Looking cool and smooth!

    Omar Benjamin // 2013-07-21 21:39:38 // //
  • What a hipster you've become out there!!!! Love you!

    Keith Rooster // 2013-07-21 21:27:03 // //
  • Thank you for accepting (though this planned research project) that the known universe is infinitesimaly small while the unkown universe is infinitesimaly great. I'm sure your journey will serve us all.

    Andrew Goldman // 2013-07-21 21:17:48 // //
  • Mind and body "working" with no true spiritual presence of it's own. Just a malfunctioning vessel.

    Arch Albert Tesla // 2013-07-21 21:11:44 // //
  • For I have seen vessels who appear to "think" with nothing there that resembles a comfortable definition of "consciousness".

    Arch Albert Tesla // 2013-07-21 21:11:16 // //
  • BAM!!!

    Arch Albert Tesla // 2013-07-21 21:10:01 // //
  • Consciousness is not a definition, it is an experience that we try to define.

    Arch Albert Tesla // 2013-07-21 21:09:49 // //
  • I believe that what we all want to call this experience of "consciousness" is a conglomeration of mind, body and spirit. The problem is, that no consensus has been had because special interests groups want to grasp at a definition of consciousness from their own camps. The close-minded ones are the ones who make it appear that there is no answer. The ones who want a purely "physical" answer (even that involves the spirit) will not go beyond a hard data medically explainable definition. The ones who advocate a spiritual position, usually don't have the knowledge of the physics or medicine to gain the confidence of others, and thus no "definition" can be had, until we all are in agreement that it is part mind, part body and part spirit/soul.

    Arch Albert Tesla // 2013-07-21 21:09:35 // //
  • E=MC2

    Leo Everett // 2013-07-21 21:09:03 // //
  • I feel that I might have something to offer.

    Arch Albert Tesla // 2013-07-21 21:05:39 // //