Why consciousness “must be an illusion”

Why consciousness “must be an illusion”

by Jon Rappoport

November 10, 2015

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, click here.)

As my readers know, I’ve tackled this subject from a number of angles. (See also here.)

Conventional physics has painted itself into a corner, because it assumes that all sub-atomic particles (the constituents of the brain and the universe) contain no awareness whatsoever.

Therefore, there is no reason to assume that consciousness exists. The idea that it does must be an illusion, a misnomer, a groundless superstition, a holdover from a more primitive time.

And yet, there you are, right now, reading these words, and more importantly, you are conscious of the fact that you’re reading these words.

So you must be crazy, the victim of an illusion. You must be the end-user of a stream of thought over which you have no control—a stream that “tells you” you’re conscious…in the same way a voice in your head might tell you you’re living on the moon right now.

And if you multiply this unfortunate situation by about eight billion, you have a madhouse of a planet where everyone automatically assumes they’re conscious, whereas, in fact, no one is. Everyone is a machine responding to stimuli, some of which are prompting you to say, “I’m conscious”—an entirely meaningless statement.

And if you buy all that, I have golf course memberships for sale on Jupiter.

Conventional physics has painted itself into a corner, and wants to be in that corner, because admitting there is such a thing as consciousness is tantamount to admitting that a major component of life, the major component of life, is outside any analysis of matter and energy, since it, consciousness, is not made out of matter or energy.

All sorts of drug researchers would chime in at this point: “But we knew that chemicals change consciousness by affecting the brain. Therefore, the brain is the seat of all consciousness.”

As usual, they miss the point. The fact of being conscious, regardless of the particular state, is independent of those chemicals.

Whether you’re aware of seeing buildings on a street or green writhing polka-dot creatures directing traffic, you are the one who is aware. You’re the one who knows you’re seeing buildings or creatures.

Now we’re really in deep water, because, you see, you’re not supposed to exist at all. You’re supposed to be a brain. You’re supposed to be a few trillion neurons clicking and ticking. You’re supposed to be, at best, “someone who thinks he’s someone,” or rather, “no one who thinks he’s someone.”

“Hi, I’m no one who thinks he’s someone.”

“Hi. Me too. Let’s do whatever our brains are making us do, since we can’t have freedom—another illusion.”

“Sounds good. Where do we start?”

“We wait for instructions. In the meantime, I have beer, wine, or sparkling water.”

If it occurs to you that this mechanistic view of life has some uses for those who are highly interested in mind control, you’re right. “Waiting for instructions” would be an ideal state for the reception of programming. Freedom, on the other hand, would be a non-starter.

“Test subject 465-A believes he is free. His illusion is interfering with the insertion of our package of beliefs…”

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the armies of “rational people,” who are quite sure that a rejection of all-out scientific materialism would suddenly put them in the camp of religionists. They see no other alternatives. It’s either science or a church.

Well, that’s their problem. They can only entertain two possibilities. They reveal a distinct lack of imagination.

And I suppose I should also say a word about “the DNA people.” They’re utterly convinced that DNA creates consciousness. But DNA is matter, and according to the same scientists who research the whole genetic puzzle, matter is composed of tiny particles or waves that display no sign of consciousness.

Now, admitting that what I’m writing here won’t find its way into any TED talks (the source of all cutting-edge wisdom on the planet), I should point out that the issue of consciousness has been plaguing philosophers in the West ever since the onslaught of science and technology at the end of the 19th century. And in time-honored fashion, philosophers have opted for their favorite strategy: ignore the problem, pretend it doesn’t exist, claim the problem itself is based on a confusion about…anything. About language, for example. Language, as (mis)constructed, contains words that indicate the existence of meaningless objects (like consciousness). There, all done, move along, nothing to see here.

Finally, we have another bunch of people who would happily report: “Scientists miss the mark. The brain and the universe are made out of particles that do, in fact, possess consciousness. ‘Everything is conscious.’”

They say that, and for some interesting reason, they avoid saying that the individual, the You, the non-machine non-material You, has consciousness.

They only want to posit collective consciousness. That’s their tune. They keep singing it. And if you listen to the words, they are, in their own way, trying to erase the whole notion of the individual.

Why? Because the most basic form of mind control involves denying that the individual exists. If they can put that one over, if they can sell it, they can push an agenda of: The Group is All.

This resonates quite nicely with the way the world is shaping up these days. Or rather, being shaped up. On purpose.

In case you hadn’t noticed.

Among the endless number of states of consciousness, there is certainly a collective version. The individual can enter it, and he can exit it. It’s not the be-all and end-all. It’s not a permanent paradise with closed doors.

But who would notice that fact in a world where the population has bought the idea that the conscious individual doesn’t exist, and is merely a biological machine programmed this way or that way?

Our most august intellectuals are, under the surface, arguing for the machine view. They’re mixing and matching the metaphysical and the political on behalf of a Collective Hive, because the winds that carry money and prestige are blowing that way.

They’re selling the proposition that the individual, his consciousness, his freedom, and his power are delusional dust of a bygone era.

They’re using a story about science as their primary tool.

If you want to buy that ticket and take that ride, understand where it’s going to take you.

the matrix revealed

You can watch any number of talks where the speaker mentions “the ground of all being,” “collective wisdom,” “universal consciousness,” “the universe gives you permission,” and the audience snaps it up like pure sugar. It’s very interesting. Stimulus-response. Bell rings, dog drools. This is a form of programming whose time has come—if people want to surrender and drift into a passive state.

And leave behind their own individual power.

Tonight, on the cosmological news channel, the individual isn’t conscious and doesn’t exist, the brain is all, and we’re all the same thing together. Brought to you by The Great Cheese Glob in the Sky, coming to theaters soon…”

“But first, let’s talk about Nature. As we know, we’re all part of Nature. Being an individual is a delusion that keeps us separate from Nature. And did I mention Nature? Order your manual that tells you how to think and talk about yourself as part of Nature and you’ll receive this free set of twelve dinner knives and a box of doilies reproduced from Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh’s personal collection, inscribed with his famous environmental statement: “I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus.”

A real humanitarian, the Duke is.

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

9 comments on “Why consciousness “must be an illusion”

  1. gb99 says:

    Try ‘Biocentrism’ by Robert Lanza for a thoughtful discussion on the topic of consciousness in a post quantum paradigm.

  2. jetsam2flotsam says:

    As Kylneth is wont to say: “Talk to the animals, they’ve more to say…”
    If you *DO*, watch both wild and civilised animal behaviour, your cognition can grow in leaps and bounds, as I’ve discovered after 70-odd years of thinking about it.
    However, the chemical onslaught is now unstoppable for the most part and the peak weapon/crown jewel in the armory of Our Owners is so simple and now inescapable – for all but the truly determined(fearful?) and it is good old SODIUM Fluoride. ( anyone?).
    The few – very few left who can think – or at least remember – are just straws in the wind. Best hope is to escape yourself. The herd cannot follow any more….. The days of the heroes are now gone.

    • Michael Burns says:


      Yes, the halogens have been a very, very destructive….from flourine in the water, to it being the basis of anti-depressants.
      Chlorine in bleach and its chloride spin-offs in food preservation.
      Iodine and astatine as basis to chemotherapy and it’s extremely toxic affects. Waste from the nuclear.
      Even simpler bromine in headache medicine….and, as fire retardant fabrics
      in children clothing, gasoline additive and it’s most deadly use, the making of pesticide, and even the polyvinyl siding on your house.

      And then the aluminum connection. And halides.

      Strange how it is so abundant. And yet it is so terribly toxic for us.

      Thanks-you for the animal knowledge!

      Straw in the wind….hmm….that conjures up such interesting images.

  3. jetsam2flotsam says:

    WOOPS! Little glitch in my last post – caused by using Dragon Professional speech-2-text in latest buggy Version5 of LibreOpenOffice.
    The missing critical bits:
    *SODIUM* Fluoride: read the truth: look up the ANTI Fluoride Network. If you like most Americans (in particular) take good ol’ Prozac(r), you only need to drink more water for the same effect.

  4. R says:

    The answer is: Panpsychism

  5. Beautiful post, Jon, and must stress I truly believe they now fudge everything for “theatre’s sake”. We got the song – “singers wanted”!


  6. Michael Burns says:

    “I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus.”
    -the Queen’s Ole Man

    ….and I see him as exactly that. A deadly virus.
    The bastard likes killing things….a lot.
    He has despicable hunting habits.

    He has kill so many thousands of animals from the extremely rare African beastie to the gentle little country fox in their hound chases.

    Deer, Elk, Geese….Duck, pidgeon, Pheasant… Moose, Bear, Boar…Elephant and Tiger.
    And even the rare and oh so special Siberian Tiger….this bastard has killed.

    His grandson is the same and actually killed a rare Egyptian and endangered Ibis with nary a complaint from single soul.

    Oh well young princes and aged Dukes are forgiven their trespasses.
    As we forgive trespasses against us, and delivery us from their evil…. almond.

  7. Notborn yesterday says:

    Debating over whether consciousness exists is about as silly and time-wasting as one can get. I just looked up, and out through my window to enjoy the sun shining from a clear blue sky and illuminating beautiful, lime-green “liquid amber” trees. No, I’m not going to waste time and effort debating consciousness. I’s rather smell the roses.

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