Is consciousness an epiphenomenal happenstance of this particular universe Or does the very concept of a universe depend upon its presence Does consciousness merely perceive reality, or does reality depend upon it Did consciousness simply emerge as an effect of evolution Or was it, in some sense, always out there in the world These questions and , are addressed in this special edition FEATURING Cosmological Foundations of Consciousness Origins of Thought Evolution of Consciousness Neuroscience of Free Will Quantum Physics Consciousness Out of Body and Near Death Experiences Dreams Hallucinations Paleolithic Cosmology Spirituality How Consciousness Becomes the Physical Universe