Human beings first discovered the presence of a consciousness. Early savants, philosophers, and teachers talked about this at some length. The word Brahman, which means the ultimate reality or the universal principle was first described in the Veda Samhita in 2000 BC. The term Brahman is gender neutral as it denotes a universality that transcends everything. Consciousness first described by human beings took root with two dimensions – materiality, i.e. consciousness was something that existed within man and human centricity i.e. that it was a man who was conscious. This implied that other than man, nothing was conscious. Obviously, the stars, planets and other matter could not possibly be conscious.
Panpsychism questions this belief in human centricity. Why would consciousness only exist in man? In fact, how can it only exist in man? As someone famous once said, “if a tree falls in a forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?” Obviously, since we are experiencing something, we believe it exists in us and because of us. Yet imagine if there was no mankind. The world would still exist. Is it possible that our Universe can exist with no consciousness at all? Aren’t we exaggerating the importance of man more than can be justified?
A rational mind needs more than just a rhetorical question. Where is the evidence? One theoretical possibility is called the Paranego’s Discontinuity. This is the observation that cooler stars like our Sun move faster than other stars. This apparently is due to the emission of unidirectional jets. Some have posited that this is the Star manifesting its consciousness and emitting Superjets in order to manipulate its own speed. All cooler stars seem to demonstrate the same behaviour which is apparently strange since the chemical reactions should make them varied in their behaviour. Science has little to show as proof that consciousness exists. Of course, there was a time not long back when the Earth was the centre of the Universe.