The Mystery of Consciousness Peter Russell

The one thing of which we are certain is the fact that we are conscious. But what is consciousness? Modern science, which has enjoyed such success in furthering our understanding of the material world, has failed to account for the existence of subjective experience. As far as the contemporary scientific worldview is concerned, consciousness is one big anomaly. From a personal perspective, consciousness is equally mysterious. We experience our perceptions, thoughts, and feelings. But what is this "I," the seeming subject of experience, that seems so obvious, yet it is so hard to define or grasp? Peter Russell proposes a new worldview in which consciousness is as fundamental as space, time, and matter - perhaps even more so. This leads to a radical new understanding of our essential nature, and to a new worldview in which science and spirituality are no longer in conflict.