Have you, by chance, read or looked into Tom Campbell's book, "My Big Toe"?
He has a wonderful theory regarding that very question.
He posits that everything is "consciousness", and our individual consciousness is just a part of the whole in order to interact with itself with the primary goal of lowering our entropy. It's a really great read and really opens ones mind to the possibilities.
No but I will look into it!
This is my current view on the conscious universe theory. I'm making an assumption here as I haven't looked into his specific theory yet, which is naughty of me, but....
....is it the same as the popular belief now that the universe is a thinking entity, that re-orders itself to influence your fate?
At face value, this theory doesn't sit well with me. Perhaps it did once, when I was much more spiritual in my approach, but that didn't really give me any useful answers, only more questions.
Questions like this...
As I see it, consciousness is defined as an identity - a collection of experiences, beliefs, attitudes, and interpretation of sensory input. Anything that can freely receive and process data then willfully act on it is conscious, right? That includes humans and animals, and one day computers.
So at this level of understanding, it seems like a big jump for the entire universe - a vast collection of independent inanimate bodies and conscious beings - to be able to behave willfully as one identity. It feels to me like invoking the idea of an omnipotent god, and then saying (s)he's in all of us.
I realize my logic is reductionist but then again that works pretty well for us in many existing scientific models.
If I were to argue pro
this theory, I'd say that kidney cells don't know they're part of a kidney, so why should I know
I'm part of a super-mega-conscious-being at least 14 billion years old?
But I still have to ask, where is the giant kidney? How can we say it exists.... how did that leap come about?
I do accept that there is MUCH we don't know about the universe... there may be unidentified forces, many more dimensions, and exotic stuff we haven't found yet. So I would not say with 100% certainty that the universe isn't conscious, that would be foolish. But I do believe that this theory is somewhat mystical and that the current data shows no mechanism for it, and I find it unscientific (my core values) to take that leap of faith. But that's just me.
Maybe that's what Tom Campbell's book is about?
If you want to elaborate on the mechanism I'm all ears...