Peter Ramster’s latest film is a film on consciousness. Consciousness is like a beacon that suggests something special exists in this material world. For millennia it has engendered mystery and questions about ourselves. But there has been a tendency of the world to believe what is desired to be believed, to choose what is comfortable. Feasible speculation has been offered as fact. Ancient gods were once seen to rule and influence aspects of life. In the modern world, many believe that everything of this world can be traced to the atom and to the chemical nature of the physical world, with nothing beyond that, but indications would suggest this to be as fanciful as the ancient gods. Should we just accept it as common sense and an inevitable conclusion that there is nothing more than this physical world? In scientific terms, the concept that we are simply matter and nothing more, is an assumption that actually has no scientific backing and in some ways seems to contradict science. The science of consciousness is in its early phase, but there is a complexity to the mind beyond even that of genetics. We possibly await discoveries that will change our perception of ourselves, in the same way as our forebears awaited the discovery of radio waves, or radiation. Science actually confirms that there is much more to life than we understand, or that can be satisfactorily explained by atomic theory, by chemistry, or by present biological realities. Sometimes, scientific facts simply get pushed under the carpet for the convenience of comfortable belief, but in truth, much remains to be explored and understood.
DO WE UNNECESSARILLY DEVALUE OURSELVES?
Many forget that consciousness is a greater puzzle than the Rubric Cube and in some respects, this atomic world is largely an illusion. Inaccuracy of self perception can have important influences on society and the world. The world is full of anomalies we ignore, but they say something about who we are. Human awareness and intelligence is an extraordinary occurrence in what is essentially a molecular world. The complexity of the biological and cellular worlds sometimes makes us forget this. We allow them to account for things we don’t understand, like the ancient gods accounted for the things the ancient world didn’t understand. At the same time, we take consciousness for granted, that amazing capacity we have that allows us to be aware of what we see, aware of what we think, aware of what we plan, aware of what we project, aware of our desires and longings and all of the things we wish for. We not only develop complex ideas and thoughts but we are aware of them and we manipulate them while at the same time we consciously consider what we might achieve through these new ideas and manipulations, yet we are physical, and the brains we attribute these amazing attributes to are also physical. What is the mechanism for this? Can this world of matter be the well of magic upon which lies each individual’s consciousness? Can life have a higher purpose in this case? Is there any point in pursuing a spiritual journey? Should we revalue or devalue ourselves? It is time for science to remove the guesswork for the average person, and at least answer two questions “Can this physical world account for conscious awareness, and if not, will it ever be able to?” Is science up to the task of answering those questions? Those answers lie at the heart of the great divide between those who would have us as nothing more than grains of molecular sand on the chemical landscape of the cosmos, and those who see us as a part of a spiritual journey. This is what lies at the heart of the science of consciousness. This is what lies at the heart of Peter Ramster’s new film.
This film is designed to put the record straight, to explore the world of biological and molecular science in a interesting way that people can understand, at a time when it is possibly more useful than it has ever been to do so, to answer these and other important questions, when we float down a river of uncertainty, both in relation to where we head, and who we are.