1.4 There can be only one thing

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Summary:
It is inconceivable that the world was created from several "things" at once. Everything that exists must be able to be traced back to one thing. Since we actually experience being conscious, we know that consciousness exists. Either consciousness must come from matter, or consciousness is this one, fundamental. We believe that matter is something material, but physics tells us that this is not the case. Matter can thus well be a notion in consciousness.
1.4.0-1  For many thousands of years, dualism has been the most prevalent view in the world. There is a God, spirit, higher power (or more) - and there is a physical world. The spectacular is how the spirit and matter play so perfectly together.

1.4.0-2  When a child of flesh and blood is born, it also comes with a consciousness. A newborn baby responds to external stimuli and is thus believed to be conscious to a certain degree.

1.4.0-3  But the child does not become aware of itself until after a couple of years. Consciousness develops as the brain develops and is exposed to impressions. The child understands more and more of the world. How did consciousness jump into the body, if it is something other than the body itself? How is it that it developed as the child develops?

1.4.0-4  How can consciousness be experienced to exist inside the brain if it is not physically itself? How can consciousness at all have any relation to the physical world? How does the brain pass on its conclusions about the world to consciousness? What kind of machine do we need to build to measure when this happens?

1.4.0-5  And how can you with your consciousness choose to run after the tram? When you see it coming, you get the idea that it should be possible to reach it even if you are some distance away. How can this idea of the tram get trillions of atoms in your body (about 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 pieces to be more precise) to play together and insert a question?

1.4.0-6  The questions become many and slightly absurd. How can the world consist of two completely separate things that interact almost perfectly?

1.4.0-7  How did one thing arise - physical matter? It is impossible to explain in itself.

1.4.0-8  So how did the other consciousness come into being? It is at least as difficult to investigate empirically. And what is the chance that these two "things" will meet in "nothing" and create "everything"?

1.4.0-9  I do not even want to try a theory. Western philosophy has tried valiantly for more than two thousand years. For me, it logically stops even before we get started.

1.4.0-10  My intuition says that there can only be ONE thing. My logic says the same thing. Both consciousness and matter must come from the same thing, be the same. This view is called monism, as opposed to dualism.

1.4.0-11  We are beginning to get a small bunch of axioms; assertions that we assume are true, unassailable.
  1. Consciousness exists
  2. Awareness is to experience
  3. There can only be ONE thing


1.4.0-12  Now you too have become a philosopher. Guess what the next statement has to be:

1.4.0-13  Consciousness is the only thing that exists.

1.4.0-14  Or let's say it in three words, the three words I promised you that will change our whole view of the world:

1.4.0-15  Consciousness is everything.

1.4.0-16  Notice something important. If there is only one thing and this one is consciousness, then all of us humans (and everything else) who have consciousness must be of the same. You have no other consciousness than me.

1.4.0-17  In a material world we would say that your body is made up of particles and atoms, just like mine. Everything is made of the same fabric; the elementary particles. But we have been given each our set of atoms, which by the way are constantly being replaced through that we eat, pee, cut our hair, etc. Therefore, we are unique, separate individuals, constructed quite similarly.

1.4.0-18  In a world where everything is consciousness, we must ask the same question: Are there "particles of consciousness"? Have you been assigned a bucket of consciousness and I another?

1.4.0-19  When I experience my person as something other than yours, is it because the consciousness is concentrated in two places? It would be reasonable to assume?

1.4.0-20  Just as the atoms are everywhere and clump together into everything, from flies to emeralds, so one could imagine that consciousness forms "clumps". A lump you, a lump me.

1.4.0-21  You can pick a fly apart. You can cut an emerald into pieces. Can you share consciousness in the same way? Or is consciousness something indivisible, something completely behaving differently?

1.4.0-22  For now, we're just asking. Intuitively, you might say that consciousness cannot be divided into smaller pieces by any method we know today. Yet it is distributed over all living things. How are we to understand this?

1.4.0-23  One possible solution is that consciousness is universal, undivided, everywhere. In that case, there is no lump you and lump me. We just experience it that way, it's a construction, a conception, a notion - in consciousness.

1.4.0-24  We will return to this.

1.4.0-25  Maybe you yourself are a philosopher or a researcher by profession? Then I would think that you are stepping over the extremely simplified reasoning so far. You probably have a number of objections and call for a discussion on many levels.

1.4.0-26  That discussion has been going on for thousands of years among philosophers and scholars. It has behaved like a sizzling dispute where the ingredients are religion, power interests, gender struggles, power struggles, greed, politics, vanity and not least the fear of being expelled from the group of justices.

1.4.0-27  We should not throw ourselves into that pot, even if we could. This book could be about the tortuous path to the simple statement "consciousness is everything". But we have a bigger task, so we start where the debaters are exhausted.

1.4.0-28  We begin our story with an idea, an axiom, a hypothesis. Suppose it is so… let us assume that it is so… let us try to see what happens if it should actually be so… that consciousness is everything.

1.4.0-29  Consciousness is not something that is inside you, you are inside the consciousness.

1.4.0-30  Of course, we can not know that this is true. But join the mind game. Dare the thought. Let's start there and see what happens next. Is the whole universe a game of thought?