### Mind Precedes Matter

#### By greimer on Jan 22, 2007

Is the mind an emergent property of the physical universe, as we normally suppose, or is it the other way around? I think the trend in physics now to describe everything in terms of information, along with recent ideas about the holographic nature of the universe, suggest the latter. Mind precedes matter.

A computer program can be understood either as a meaningful process unfolding over time, or as lines of programming code, or as stepwise interactions of the components of a theoretical machine. Ultimately, however, it's expressable as a string of ones and zeros. Perhaps our universe is also expressible in many different ways, but at the most basic level as a purely mathematical form. Such a form "exists" in the same sense that Pascal's triangle exists; as a conceptual possibility.

A potentially infinite number of such mathematical forms are possible. For each one of these mathematical forms, any number of ways of expressing them are possible. The possibility of consciousness *selects* whichever one of these gives rise to actual consciousness. In other words, we see galaxies and quantum mechanics because that's a method of expressing a mathematical possibility that coincides with an opportunity for consciousness to experience that expression. In other words, at the intersection of these two possibility continuums lies what we call reality.