Thirty Quotes Pondering Mind And Consciousness


Let the mind be enlarged…to the grandeur of the mysteries, and not the mysteries contracted to the narrowness of the mind. – Francis Bacon

If we cannot openly challenge beliefs…we stand at risk of being enslaved by them, and manipulated by those who would impose them for sinister purposes. 2,400 years ago Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Equally so, it could be said that the unexamined belief is not worth holding. – John Lamb Lash

It is a great but terrible thing when doubt is born, terrible in that it destroys the old world, great in that it opens the way to a new and nobler one. – J.J. van der Leeuw

I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as fraud. – C. G. Jung

A scientific world-view which does not profoundly come to terms with the problem of conscious minds can have no serious pretensions of completeness…I would maintain that there is yet no physical, biological, or computational theory that comes very close to explaining our consciousness or intelligence. – Roger Penrose

The supreme task of the physicist is to arrive at those universal elementary laws from which the cosmos can be built up by pure deduction. There is no logical path to these laws; only intuition, resting on sympathetic understanding of experience, can reach them. – Albert Einstein

Real scientific endeavour does not dictate what “should” be. Ideally, it designs a sound protocol through which nature can reveal what “is”. – Brendan D. Murphy

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It is not a question of belief; the scientific attitude one should take on any subject is whether it is true. The Law of Gravitation worked as efficiently before Newton as after him. The cosmos would be fairly chaotic if its laws could not operate without the sanction of human belief. – Sri Yukteswar

(Opening the mind) will orient you to the possibility that you can be redefined continuously. In other words, give your allegiance to transformation rather than defending the status quo. Now you are ready to disassemble your worldview. You are ready to stop having a stake in the world limited to the narrow confines of I, me, and mine. – Deepak Chopra

Presently scientists have not the foggiest notion what mind, being, life, death, time, etc. are. For that matter, they don’t really know what matter and energy and charge are either…Our modern “science” is only about three hundred years old, and that’s a snap of the finger in even just the existence of this world. Much of modern science still considers the mind as a “meat computer”…Materialism has not died, even though quantum mechanics essentially wiped it out decades ago, and the old concept of “mass” as something hard, permanent, and “material” has also long since vanished. – Colonel Tom Bearden

Probably whatever is true will in fact be crazy, because historically the truth in physics always seems to be more far-out than anything you could have imagined. – John Baez, physicist

I don’t see the soul and consciousness as an epiphenomenon, or product, of matter. It’s just the other way around: I see matter as an epiphenomenon of soul and consciousness. The material world has evolved from the absolute vacuum of space–the home of the soul. – Fred Alan Wolf, physicist

When it comes to consciousness and its myriad capacities and functions, science is still playing “catchup.” Its job is to learn the rules, not invent them. – Brendan D. Murphy


Scientists would do well to remember that they have not made the facts and laws, the discovery of which has enabled them to do so many marvelous things. They have merely discovered those facts. – I. K. Taimni

The individual ego is a marvelously high-order unity, but compared with the unity of the cosmos at large, it is pitiful slice of holistic reality. Has nature labored these billions of years just to bring forth this egoic mouse? – Ken Wilber

A mystic is a man who has partly “come to.” – Colin Wilson

The reality is that physical existence arose from non-material existence, as the physics of the Aether Physics Model clearly reveals. – David Thomson

The way in which the world usually treats a new truth is first to ridicule it, then to grow angry about it, and then to adopt it and pretend that it has always held that view. In the meantime the first exponent of the new truth has probably been put to death or died of a broken heart. – Charles W. Leadbeater

The universe wants to make itself known to those who can comprehend its language, and that language becomes more and more intelligible to us as our spiritual component unfolds. – Itzhak Bentow


Our innate superstition that the world we see is the world indeed is so deeply ingrained in our nature that it will rise again and again and make us believe that our world-image is the world in reality. Our primitive illusions need to be rudely shaken before a wider knowledge can be born. – J. J. van der Leeuw

One can no more hope to find consciousness by digging into the brain than one can find gravity by digging into the earth. – Karl Pribram

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. – Albert Einstein

The separation of the two–matter and spirit–is an abstraction. The ground is always one. – David Bohm

It is the integration of logical science with intuitive experience that fosters the greatest advances in human understanding. They are the ultimate conceptual- experiential team. – Gary E. Schwartz

A truth cannot be created, but only perceived. – Paramahansa Yogananda

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. – Arthur Schopenhauer


Not only is the universe queerer than we imagine. It is queerer than we can imagine. – J. B. S. Haklane

I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness. – Max Planck

That which is looked upon by one generation as the apex of human knowledge is often considered an absurdity by the next, and that which is regarded as a superstition in one century, may form the basis of science for the following one. – Paracelsus

A scientist would have to be either massively ignorant or a confirmed bigot to deny the evidence that the human mind can make connection with space, time and matter in ways which have nothing to do with the ordinary senses. Further, he cannot deny that these connections are compatible with current thinking in physics, and may in the future become accepted as a part of an extended science in which the description “paranormal” no longer applies, and can be replaced by “normal.” – Dr. Kit Pedler, Head of the Electron Microscopy department, University of London


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