Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?
Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots
The figure Gurdjieff was once asked this question and he replied that scientists can’t find ‘consciousness’ because it isn’t there. This was a play on two forms of consciousness, one often called ‘self-consciousness’. That the latter is the ‘real consciousness’ is a point lost on many who have not explored the realm of meditation.
There is something very remote about this ‘real consciousness’ next to the mechanical character of ordinary awareness. The answer to the question then is that consciousness is complex and we con’t experience/observe its larger manifestation because it is beyond us.
/’/Note: we can take the suggestion of people like J.G.Bennett who call ‘consciousness’ a ‘cosmic energy’, in a system of principles more or less controversial but which raise the issue of whether man ever ‘evolved’ his consciousness, or whether it is an inherent aspect of nature that he must learn to ‘tune into’. The model of Bennett is problematical, but it suggests the obvious reason we can’t control or observe the reality of consciousness.