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Amit Goswami proposed a theory of consciousness, rather than atoms, as the fundamental reality of the material world. He defined consciousness as "the agency that affects quantum objects to make their behavior sensible." If quantum objects are waves that spread in existence at more than one place, then consciousness may be the agency that focuses the waves so we can observe them at one place, and mental phenomena such as self-consciousness, free will, creativity, and ESP would be explained. However, consciousness is not awareness; they are different concepts. If the brain-mind is itself an object in a non-local consciousness that encompasses all reality, then what we call objective empirical reality is also within this consciousness. The one becomes many through self-reference.
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