By Lou DiVirgilio
All things have consciousness. “I don’t agree,” you are probably saying. “My senses show me that some things have consciousness: human beings, are self conscious, animals to some extent, even plants have consciousness, but a rock would be too great a stretch for my mind to include under the idea of consciousness.”
Let us take some time and examine the viability of your senses to provide real understanding. Your senses are of limited quality. For instance, our vision is limited to within a certain range of light waves. Physicists tell us that the total known range of light waves is from far infrared at 3 millimeters, to vacuum ultraviolet, at .3 nanometers, (one-billionth of a meter). The average range of light waves visible to human senses is from 400 to 700 nanometers. We hear within a specific decibel range. We taste, touch, and smell all within specific ranges of flavors and tactile sensations, These given sense limitations function as a clearinghouse, filtering out all senatations not precisely corresponding to our standard range of reception. The result of this filtering process produces a standard range of experience patterns, and their corresponding states of consciousness. So within the limited range of our senses is a broad spectrum of possible misperceptions. Who has not misperceived a coiled rope or hose for a snake, or a leaf lying on the ground as a bird or squirrel? Thus we can understand that using our senses as a competent measure of reality is not always reliable, couple that with the capacity of our emotions to misinterpret our perception of reality, and we have a formidable dynamic for misperception. There is a American Indian saying that gives credence to our capacity to misperceive our senses, in goes: “Believe, only 50% of what you see, and nothing of what you hear.”
Thus far we have a good argument for not trusting our senses to distinguish reality, but that is not altogether enough evidence to conclude that a rock has consciousness. Here we will turn to a specific field of physics called Quantum Physics for an opinion. Scientist in this field, theorize that at the core of the material world there is a non-material realm that can be termed consciousness. And as we can say that the material world is made up of atoms, we can also say that this indwelling field of consciousness is what the universe is made of. A rock then, is fundamentally made up of fields of electromagnetic energy-molecules modulating on an energy level of very high frequency and low amplitude. The rock’s outer wrapping (as to density, form, and color) is the direct effect of the quality of the energy radiating from within. Thus even a rock, whose outer nature appears inert, has an inner, non-visible nature of dynamic energy.
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