This hypothesis assumes that consciousness is the evolutionary product of an irreducible and primordial awareness already present in the very energy that created space, time, and matter. Therefore awareness is taken to be an irreducible aspect of the energy of the Big Bang, and this aware-energy contains the seeds of space, time, matter, and consciousness.
Loosely speaking, awareness is the inherent capacity of the primordial energy to observe and know itself and to direct its evolution as it transforms into space, time, matter and consciousness of ever increasing complexity to know itself. Awareness is then an irreducible, self-reflecting property of the primordial energy, where self-reflection contains the germs of observation, identity, perception, feelings, memory, experience, knowing, learning, understanding, imagining, deciding, acting, willing, intending, creating, and many other higher aspects, all co-evolving together with the material forms.
Physics assumes that space, time and matter emerge out of a unified energy, the energy of the Big Bang. Since this unified energy already contains the seeds of space, time and matter, why not add the seed of consciousness and thus unify ab initio the entire reality as it is perceived by us? Reality has two complementary aspects, an inner and an outer aspect, like two sides of a coin, which stand in a fundamental relationship with each other. The outer aspect is the physical, so-called objective, reality; the inner aspect is the subjective experience, the domain of consciousness. The two reflect each other, yet they are fundamentally different. We could metaphorically say that the inner reality is analogous to the wave nature of elementary particles and the outer reality is analogous to their particle nature.
The Foundation believes that the problem of explaining consciousness as an emergent property of the aware-energy of the Big Bang may actually be easier than just explaining how space, time and matter emerge out of a non-aware primordial energy. Space and time, after all, are intimately connected with the nature of the observer, and the nature of the observer is intimately connected with the nature of consciousness, even if this latter assertion is still controversial. Therefore, the unification of physics and the unification of science and spirituality may both be simultaneously possible by the simple assumption that the seed of consciousness are already contained in the energy of the Big Bang.
In other words, the aware-energy out of which everything is made has an inherent complementarity; the inner, non-material aspect which is the awareness aspect, and the outer, material aspect which is the energy or substance out of which matter is made. Space and time then may be explained as the connectives between the inner and the outer aspects of reality.
Another important aspect of the Big Bang energy is its unified character, i.e. it is an undivided and indivisible wholeness describable by the yet unknown equations that will eventually unify quantum physics (QP) and general relativity (GR). This wholeness evolves, without ever losing its wholeness, by co-creating and co-evolving container and content, i.e. space-time-awareness and matter respectively.
This view postulates the nature of the universe as a co-evolution of consciousness and material forms, starting from a common unified seed. The material forms, then, are physical representations of the self-knowing achieved by the evolving consciousness of the universe. The intuition here is that for consciousness to know itself it needs matter to function as a dynamic mirror, reflecting to itself its own ever-changing and ever growing self-knowing. Thus, matter and consciousness are tightly coupled, constituting the co-evolving inner and outer aspects of reality respectively.
Starting with this assumption, the next step is to create a conceptual framework of sufficient power to inspire the necessary mathematical theory of consciousness. This theory has to contain QP and GR as special cases; and it has to make new testable predictions that are not made by either QP or GR. In this view, the inclusion of awareness as the fundamental property of the primordial energy should facilitate the unification of QP and GR that has eluded physicists for almost a century, despite an unprecedented effort by thousands of them.
The Foundation believes that this assumption has the ultimate unifying potential and should be vigorously pursued. I also can change in a fundamental way the narrative about the nature of reality, compared to the current narrative based on a purely materialistic view, thus restoring meaning and purpose to the Cosmos.