Quotations

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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

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Physiology seeks to derive the processes in our own nervous system from general physical forces, without considering whether these processes are or are not accompanied by processes of consciousness.

– Wilhelm Wundt

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Time is not an absolute reality but an aspect of our consciousness.

– Robert Lanza

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I would argue that nothing gives life more purpose than the realization that every moment of consciousness is a precious and fragile gift.

– Steven Pinker

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Consciousness is an end in itself. We torture ourselves getting somewhere, and when we get there it is nowhere, for there is nowhere to get to.

– D. H. Lawrence

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Consciousness surely does not depend on language. Babies, many animals, and patients robbed of speech by brain damage are not insensate robots; they have reactions like ours that indicate that someone’s home.

– Steven Pinker

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Everything has some consciousness, and we tap into that. It is about energy at its most basic level.

– Robert Moog

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To engage with art, we have to be willing to be wrong, venture outside our psychic comfort zones, suspend disbelief, and remember that art explores and alters consciousness simultaneously.

– Jerry Saltz

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Even when I was studying mathematics, physics, and computer science, it always seemed that the problem of consciousness was about the most interesting problem out there for science to come to grips with.

– David Chalmers

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We’re all affected by music. It has the power to inspire, uplift us, change our moods, and even alter consciousness.

– Andrew Weil

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Life and consciousness are the two great mysteries. Actually, their substrates are the inanimate. And how do you get from neurons shooting around in the brain to the thought that pops up in your head and mine? There’s something deeply mysterious about that. And if you’re not struck by the mystery, I think you haven’t thought about it.

– Charles Krauthammer

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Actually, I think my view is compatible with much of the work going on now in neuroscience and psychology, where people are studying the relationship of consciousness to neural and cognitive processes without really trying to reduce it to those processes.

– David Chalmers

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Everything depends therefore on encountering thought at its source. Such thought is the reality of man’s being, which achieved consciousness and understanding of itself through it.

– Karl Jaspers

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What is consciousness? Our brain simulates reality. So, our everyday experiences are a form of dreaming, which is to say, they are mental models, simulations, not the things they appear to be.

– Stephen LaBerge

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There is an urgent need for a radical revision of our current concepts of the nature of consciousness and its relationship to matter and the brain.

– Stanislav Grof

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The new formula in physics describes humans as paradoxical beings who have two complementary aspects: They can show properties of Newtonian objects and also infinite fields of consciousness.

– Stanislav Grof

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Our intellect, our awareness, and our consciousness is the most powerful form of life on this planet.

– James McAvoy

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Consciousness is indeed always with us. Everyone knows ‘I am!’ No one can deny his own being.

– Ramana Maharshi

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Studying consciousness tells us more about how the world is fundamentally strange. I think we have a few revolutions to go yet before we get to the bottom of it.

– David Chalmers

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To be an artist is not a matter of making paintings or objects at all. What we are really dealing with is our state of consciousness and the shape of our perceptions.

– Robert Irwin

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People often ask how I got interested in the brain; my rhetorical answer is: ‘How can anyone NOT be interested in it?’ Everything you call ‘human nature’ and consciousness arises from it.

– Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

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The mode of consciousness of nonhuman species is quite different from human consciousness.

– J. M. Coetzee

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The content of Saul Leiter’s photographs arrives on a sort of delay: it takes a moment after the first glance to know what the picture is about. You don’t so much see the image as let it dissolve into your consciousness, like a tablet in a glass of water.

– Teju Cole

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All science is experiential; but all experience must be related back to and derives its validity from the conditions and context of consciousness.

– Wilhelm Dilthey

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Your brain develops depending on your individual history. What has gone on in your own brain and its consciousness over your lifetime is not repeatable, ever – not with identical twins, not even with conjoined twins.

– Gerald Edelman

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We have no right to assume that any physical laws exist, or if they have existed up to now, that they will continue to exist in a similar manner in the future.

– Max Planck

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