In the end, though, it is mostly an inappropriately hopeful, if not wildly optimistic, essay about a tipping point, about the future—be it near or far—of a new worldview, a new real that is presently forming around the epiphany of mind as an irreducible dimension or substrate of the natural world, indeed of the entire cosmos, before and beyond any present scientific, ethnic, political, or religious story that one happens to find oneself (caught) in at the moment.
As these stories dramatically demonstrate, a radically new real can appear with the simplest of “flips,” or reversals of perspective, roughly, from “the outside” of things to “the inside” of things, from “the object” to “the subject.” And this can occur without surrendering an iota of our remarkable scientific and medical knowledge about the material world and the human body. The general materialistic framework of the sciences at the moment is not wrong. It is simply half-right.
We know that mind is mattered. What these stories suggest is that matter is also minded, that this mindedness is fundamental to the cosmos, not some tangential, accidental, or recent emergent property of matter. Some of the stories go even further and suggest that matter may, in fact, be an expression of some kind of cosmic Mind