AN INTRODUCTION TO MY CONTRIBUTION TO THE FIRST VOLUME
WRITTEN FOR PUBLICATION BY THE ACADEMY FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF POST-MATERIALIST SCIENCE
I was pleased and honored to be among the group of scientists invited by the founding members of the Academy to write a chapter for this volume. We were asked to focus on the primacy of consciousness hypothesis and explain, based on our individual experiences, both professional and personal, how and why we came to consider it as a valid scientific hypothesis.
In my chapter you will find a brief account of a double life: By day, I earned a living by applying the scientific method as a systems analyst, mathematical modeler and professional engineer, while by night and on weekends, I single-mindedly sought to understand the meaning of existence and the true nature of reality by studying what is known as the perennial philosophy, practicing time-honored consciousness expansion techniques and pursuing independent research in several major universities.
As someone who has spent many years passionately seeking to understand the nature of reality at its deepest level, I can tell you this much:
I am quite certain that there is no reality without consciousness. Nothing would exist without it, and nothing can be known without it: CONSCIOUSNESS IS PRIMARY.
I can state this unequivocally because I have proved it to my satisfaction by personal experience and by using hard scientific evidence, valid experimental data and rigorous mathematical proof. In my chapter of the Academy’s first volume, I hope to exceed all expectations by presenting an outline of this proof, along with disclosure of a significant discovery that provides answers to, and explanations of many issues that have puzzled mainstream scientists for decades.
Ed Close, October 22, 2017