Evan Harris Walker and “The Physics of Consciousness”

Evan Harris Walker’s book The Physics of Consciousness plays an important role in Keep This Quiet! IV, bringing in quantum mechanics. Below is an excerpt from Ancient Secrets Revealed:

I don’t pretend to solve the thorny, tricky problems of QM, but it intersects with issues in Keep This Quiet!—in particular that the Knokke light body meditation raised—so I didn’t duck but headed into the mysterious waters.

Two positions will fight it out. In one, the physical world (of atoms) is primary, and for many consciousness is an epiphenomenon of matter, though no one claims to know how the brain might have produced it. In the other, in reverse, consciousness is primary, the ground of being—out of which comes matter. But matter is waves of possibility until a wave “collapses.” I was eager to see Walker lay out the argument in favor of consciousness as the Ground. He waxes lyrical in describing consciousness (human and other). He says, let’s resolve this.

First a little summary: The Physics of Consciousness: The Quantum Mind and the Meaning of Life asserts that “consciousness is real but nonphysical.” Consciousness, writes physicist E. H. Walker, is “not so many atoms. It does not consist of photons or quarks. Neither is it molecules spinning about in the brain. Consciousness is something that exists in its own right.” 176 Foundational to Walker’s investigations are the role of the observer and of quantum mechanical tunneling in the brain. His experience of satori, or enlightenment, permitted him to understand consciousness and his task is to make “enlightenment” scientific. I look at his book from my experience with ancient Eastern teachings and the Ground state.