July 2014 Newsletter
Is Human Design the Science of Consciousness?
Have you heard of TED? I love watching the brilliant topics that TED brings to life for us as educational videos – amazing people who are expert in their field putting their own spin on anything from the mundane to the absurd and everything in between! (www.TED.com) So when I recently saw a new release called “How do you explain Consciousness?”, I was curious. David Chalmers, a philosopher at NYU, said “There’s nothing we know about more directly…but at the same time, it’s the most mysterious phenomenon in the universe.” So he shares some ways to think about the “movie playing in our heads.”
He suggested that scientists don’t know yet how to distinguish whether there is consciousness or not – or at least they don’t agree on how to do that. Even talking about consciousness as a science, he said, was rather controversial in academia because “science” is considered to be purely objective while “consciousness” is considered to be subjective – that is, we each have one, but mine is different than yours! Here’s the video of Chalmers’ talk – see what you think!
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Chalmers began with many reasons for why consciousness is hard to define. About half way through his talk, he got to the heart of it. He posited two “crazy ideas” whose time had come, he thought, at least to be considered and that would help to define consciousness. The first idea was that it is “fundamental”, as fundamental a law in science as gravity, time, space and energy. On that point, I would have to agree. What are we as humans or animals without a blip on the heart monitor or taking our first breath? Doesn’t that define us – by defining the beginning of our life – and when it’s gone, the end of our life? Even someone in a coma has consciousness – as they’re happy to tell us once they’re out! (see Simon Lewis’s talk called “Don’t take Consciousness for Granted” at TED in December, 2010)
David’s second “crazy idea” is that consciousness is universal. Again, this totally makes sense to me and to Human Design. Human Design ascribes a chart to everything – humans, animals, plants and even to inanimate objects like rocks and sand. We each are made up of atoms and therefore energy. We all vibrate – though at different rates, of course – and are part of life on the planet. So, we are all part of the global consciousness, too, while maintaining our own unique consciousness. All those individuals with consciousness become one large pulsing, vibrating mass on Planet Earth and we’re all inter-connected! How could we not be so, when a typhoon in Malaysia will cause a Polar Vortex in July in most of the US a week later? How could we not be inter-connected when the death of a young Middle Easterner or refugee children on the US border pulls on the heart strings of so many?
And yet we each have our own work to do, our own life to live, our life’s purpose to fulfill. Perhaps the dilemma comes for the scientists when they keep trying to lump us into groups, when in fact each of us is so unique as to defy any simple categorization. Even in Human Design, we start with five energy types, twelve profiles and seven authorities, but quickly move into so many different gates and channels that our uniqueness is completely evident once we know our Design!
As Ra Uru Hu, the founder/creator of Human Design, explained so succinctly:
“When you are looking at different activations in a chart, you are looking at the unique imprint of a person. We have receptors to everything. Everything that is white (on the chart) is a receptor. The imprint is what makes you different; it isn’t what makes you the same. What makes us the same is the whole map in its entirety; what makes us different is our individual imprint. This is the Science of Differentiation and Human Design teaches us about our uniqueness, what it is to be uniquely ourselves within the totality”.
From “The Definitive Book of Human Design: The Science of Differentiation”, p. 35.
Ironically, Chalmers at TED started his talk on Consciousness by saying that science is objective because it is repeatable. Having personally run thousands of Human Design charts, I and my Human Design colleagues can attest to the “repeatability” of Human Design, as well as its accuracy and uncanny ability to act as the “instruction manual” for one’s life. So I guess it’s only a matter of time before someone will be up on the stage at a TED conference, letting the world know about the new Science of Consciousness – Human Design. But for now, we can start by allowing Dr. Chalmers’ “crazy ideas” into the lexicon or as we ponder them on a lazy summer afternoon!
Enjoy your summer! When I write again, we’ll have moved from the Garden State – New Jersey — to sunny Florida to start a new adventure!