Recently i got into an interview as a part of my assessment. The interviewer asked me about the existence of consciousness, which usually everyone knows . Although it was a predictable question, yet an unexpected question for a beginner. On hearing the question, a puzzle of twists and tricks shrieked through my mind. Yes! its those twists i would like to unwind today here on my wall.

Consciousness is defined and explained to public and pupils in diverse ways. Philosophy, religion, spirituality, metaphysics and often jargons has its own explanation and views. Sometimes its sheer waste of time trying to explain an incomprehensible entity, while on the other hand its the only awesome entity which can give clues to the beginning and end of the universe. Hmm, though it sounds philosophical, some have explored into the science of consciousness. And its results are astounding! at times, its brainstorming too.The question was a little bit twisting, just like a chicken and egg paradox.

He asked: ‘I say consciousness is a symptom of life. In your opinion, which evolved first, consciousness or life? Magnifico! thats an awesome question. And it was so nostalgic at the same time! I have heard that similar word before. New Agey, i suppose! My guess was absolutely right though forbidden.Later on I’ve came to know the interviewer was a superb reader as well as a great follower of New age culture in the west, from the bullets of twisting questionnaire he shot at me. However, i had to dwindle my answer because i knew the interviewer was expecting a metaphysical answer rather than an experimentally proved thesis that obviously needs a scientific validation. To be suboptimal, i ended the scenario with a simple practical answer ” both consciousness and life are interlinked, there is no life without consciousness and there is no consciousness without life”. Anyway, It was a pleasant experience to meet a rare personality.

Furthermore, evidences and researches are aplenty to comprehend this puzzling questions which have sow as many as seeds of quest in seekers of consciousness. Its interesting to see day by day new discoveries and experimental models been published journals worldwide. I have a fundamental base for my answer though it may appear as mere words to suffix that situation. And that fundamental base had been the fundamental base for many researchers and scientist to dedicate their life to explore into the expounding secrets of the consciousness. So lets jump into that fundamental base which everyone talks about!

I think you are familiar with Youngs double slit experiment in physics. Obviously its were we learned that an atom has a particle and a wave nature at the same time. To sum up the experiment quickly, when a beam of light (photons) is passed through a slit, it was observed that a single fringe of light appeared over the screen. ( which means particle nature of photons ). However, on certain circumstances, the screen displayed multiple fringes of light ( which means wave nature of photons). This was of-course an experimental evidence for wave nature too, but thats not the point what we need to discuss about.

see figure 1 to refresh your memories.

Moreover, that doesn’t tells us the whole story. But what matters the most is the incident which happened a few moment later in the experiment. “That Trick of Universe Puzzled The Greatest Minds”. Perhaps that was the title which you might have read at the top of my article. Its almost time, i guess. You might have lost somewhere reading the whole article to know whats happening at the end of the article.

see figure 2 before reading the next passage.

I hope you might or might not have understood the figure. To make it shorter, whenever we physically observed the photons (atoms) in the experiment, it behaved like like particles. However, when we turned our attention away from the photons (atoms) , it behaved like waves. Which literally means that our consciousness can physically influence the behaviour of atoms or in other words the destiny (decree) of atoms of universe. To exemplify, our thoughts and emotions that constitutes the fundamental blocks of consciousness in a human body can some how influence or determine the direction of the atoms of the universe which is in other words are the reality of what we perceive with our 5+1 senses which makes the past, present and future of the universe . Thats the reason why i said “consciousness and life are interconnected” like the old sayings
Mashriq (sunrise) and Maghreb (sunset).

Dr. Fahad Basheer
Author The Science of Emotions


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