The Elusive Element by Nadya Johnson

Consciousness: the Great Enigma

What is the real nature of the Mind? Who are we, really?

Featured in ART UNIVERSE

(Inspired by this music – and the latest episode of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freedman on the Science Channel)

Some subscribe to the concept of the Human Soul, an immortal something, mercurial and spirit-like, existing in conjunction with our bodies but beyond its physical parameters. This idea has been long proposed by western religions in particular. Eastern philosophies ~ Hinduisim, Buddhism ~ have proposed that that which “makes us, us” exists outside ourselves as well, but in another way entirely; not as something individual but rather something Universal, something part of and integral to the cosmos in and of itself.

For the most part, modern science has discounted both ideas. We are told by a majority of experts that “what makes us, us” simply lies within the structure of our brains. Consciousness they tell us, is derived from inter-actions of our neurons and synopses. Everything we think and everything we are is physical and transitory. No other, esoteric part of us exists, they say. But another breed of scientists have begun to question that today; they believe that as with space, time, energy and matter, consciousness itself is among the basic forces, or components which comprise our Universe, existing since its outset at the Big Bang. They believe the brain operates not as a “generator” but is more like a “receiver.” According to their theory, that which we call Mind, or Consciousness, is quantumly entangled with the Universe ~ thus existing long prior to our births and continuing beyond our deaths albeit, in another, undetermined form ~ much as Eastern religions have held and taught for centuries.

Some physicists have gone further yet. They say Consciousness IS REALLY ALL THAT IS! That which we perceive as space and time ~ energy and matter ~ stars, planets, galaxies ~ are but designs interwoven in the fabric of the Space/Time/Mind Continuum. The question then being, “WHOSE mind?” But that’s a question few physicists are willing to address!

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  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanover 2 years ago

    You’d think as old as I am I’d have a pretty good answer for that question, but I’m as clueless now as I was when I was born! Cool creation, Nadya!

  • Thanks, Monnie! I know what you mean… I thought I had ALL the answers back when I was young but maybe the older we get, the wiser we really are (and we finally reach the stage where we admit we Just Don’t Know!) lol! I do think it’s ironic in a way, that so much New Science ~ quantum physics mostly – seems to echo what was ridiculed by other, older scientists as superstition and religion not that many years ago. Makes things just a little crazy but hey, at least it’s interesting! :))

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...over 2 years ago

    Intriguing thoughts and image, Nadya . . . Maybe one day we’ll know the answers to the great questions . . . in any case . . . interesting!

  • Thanks for your comment! Did you see that episode? I think it’s fascinating ~ much of the New Science seems to mirror the oldest beliefs in the world. Does make ya wonder! :))

    – Nadya Johnson

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 2 years ago

    Great work always makes me think. Lix

  • Thanks so much for your great comment, Liz!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • virginian
    virginianover 2 years ago

    Fantastic work and colors.

  • A Huge THank You, Judy! Really appreciate your comment! :)

    – Nadya Johnson

  • vic321
    vic321over 2 years ago

    Fantastic, love the colours !!

  • Thank you, Vic! Really appreciate your comment!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 2 years ago

    07-08-12 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • So very pleased to have this featured in your awesome group, Kira!! Thanks!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • shadowlea
    shadowleaover 2 years ago

    wow fantastic/stunning work

  • Thank you for your great comment, Irene!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • mYmEMine
    mYmEMineover 2 years ago

    The God Particle. We know where our brains are but where is the location of the mind? It’s not in our brain.

  • Stacey Lazarus
    Stacey Lazarusover 2 years ago

    Great Work!
    Your Hosts SG & Deborah

  • Ann Morgan
    Ann Morganover 2 years ago

    Just so beautiful Nadya!


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