Parapsychology Journalism: The People, The Theory, The Science, The Skeptics
I’ve spent a lot of time talking about a universe that is conscious, that is, consciousness is the force that changes quantum level probabilities into reality. By this theory, everything has consciousness in it and this consciousness is directed in some way. The best way to prove this would be to demonstrate consciousness in what is regarded as an inanimate object. That, combined with the evidence for consciousness in plants, would put to rest any ideas that consciousness is a unique property requiring a living brain of some sort, either through a root system, such as in plants or a living brain. It would also put it outside of the realm of our ordinary understanding of evolution.
It sounds absurd on the face of it doesn’t it? Yet we have seen consciousness at the level of quantum physics, we have seen consciousness in pretty much any bug or animal that we’ve been able to test for it and we’ve seen it in plants. Entanglement means that separation is really a macro sized illusion. We’re tied at the very deepest levels to everything else in the universe, so if electrons and protons all subatomic particles are tied together, and consciousness is affecting them, then consciousness is also connected. It will be everywhere. Even in rocks.
I do not choose rocks randomly. An ordinary rock is the closest thing to an organic entity we know of without actually being one. They can be very complex with many trace minerals and compounds. Perhaps this forms some sort of inanimate neural network, where the entire rock has its own kind of brain function. If such a thing exists, perhaps it could lead to new ways to design computers.
This would not be brain function the way we understand it, we would have to understand it as another method of taking advantage of the ubiquitous existence of consciousness. This whole model works on the principle that any brain type activity is a method of organizing and manipulating consciousness, not creating it. As such, there is more than one way to do this. We have identified the human brain and that of animals, we have identified roots as another such method and it has been speculated by Rupert Sheldrake that some insects may be doing this by using a collection of individual members to create a greater group consciousness. (Some studies done with termites support this theory.)
My opinion is that people tend to reflect a subconscious awareness of rock consciousness in vocabulary. “Living rock” is a term that’s been used. The use of rocks for ceremonial purposes in some cultures may reflect an awareness that “something” is there.
An experiment to discover consciousness in rocks would require the rocks to respond to their environment and have some change occur that can not be explained by ordinary means. For example, plants affecting the output of a lie detector test when subjected to outside stimuli or a Walnut tree being able to manufacture a form of aspirin in times of stress all indicate a kind of awareness. To be labeled as conscious, rocks would have to respond similarly.
But what to look for in an object pretty much anybody would agree is inanimate? It seems pretty self explanatory. Or is it? While there are perhaps natural reasons for the sailing stones at Racetrack Playa, Death Valley, California, no one has ever seen one of the rocks move. In Wikipedia, someone claims to have solved it, but in reality, they have not adequately explained the phenomenon. The possibility exists that something else is at play. Rocks could be moving elsewhere, but leave no tracks and if there are enough rocks in the vicinity, it is easy to imagine that no one has noticed. Who pays attention to the position of loose rocks?
There is the mysterious hair growing rock, of which only three are known to exist and there are the curious ringing rocks of Pennsylvania. None of these has an easy explanation. These oddities do not necessarily need an explanation relating to consciousness, I only wish to show that the whole concept of rocks has more to it than meets the eye. They are not perfectly well known and not everything about them has been discovered. They are complicated.
There are some things that could be investigated: Do rocks stay a certain way or do they experience some changes in their composition? If so, how are these changes organized? Is there a pattern to the changes that could be described as the framework for a network of some sort? For example, if you take a river rock and compare it to a recent chip of a larger, nearby stone of the same sort, is there a difference? Has the river rock possibly changed its internal composition to being a single entity instead of a piece of a larger stone? It’s just a thought and there may be nothing to it, but the point is that there are ways in which physical evidence of consciousness might be found.
They may have a way of manipulating information at the quantum level that can be measured as infinitesimally small electrical signals. This might demonstrate a sort of solid state brain. It’s an interesting concept and worth exploring.
Demonstrating consciousness in rocks by means of a replicable experiment would be a game changer in the way consciousness is perceived and could open up new areas in the study of consciousness. It would be reasonable proof that we must re-think our ideas of consciousness and adapt ourselves to a new understanding of the universe.