In the continuing paradigm war between the mechanistic Newtonian paradigm (i.e., materialism) and the emerging paradigm of consciousness/mind which is the source and superset of all matter, this war would not be possible without tacitly begging the question. As the late Terence McKenna observed so well, science requires "one free miracle" by which they can then go on to explain everything from their 'miracle matter'. As history informs us, the major problem the mechanistic Newtonian view of the world has encountered is consciousness. It can't explain it except to hoodwink the public, as when Carl Sagan said, "The cerebral cortex, where matter is transformed into consciousness, is the point of embarkation for all our cosmic voyages" (Cosmos, p. 229).
What is clear in all of this is that the mechanistic Newtonian view of the world takes matter as a given—the miracle. Matter then somehow turns into biological matter. This eventually evolves into a brain from which emerges consciousness! But from the side of the contending paradigm in which consciousness/mind is proclaimed to be the source and ground of all, it can just as easily use Terence McKenna's one free miracle card. With a free miracle this new paradigm can deduce matter, and its material world, from consciousness putting it somewhere closer to the metaphysical state of 'resistance' along with other such metaphysical terms as time, probability, wave, energy, acceleration, velocity and mass. Make no mistake about it, it is much easier to see matter and with it our material world as a virtual reality born of consciousness.
And this is the way physicists like Max Planck and the other pioneers of Quantum Mechanics saw what was happening in physics when the reign of Newtonian physics was drawing to an end, unable to account for consciousness. In fact, Quantum Mechanics was much more successful than its predecessor Newtonian mechanics. But this more successful perspective brought with it an equally different vision of reality turning everything in the past upside down. According to Henry Stapp commenting on the new theory of Quantum Mechanics,
"Any notion that your conscious choices make a difference in how you behave was branded an illusion: fundamentally incorrect. During the first part of the twentieth century, that classical-physics-based conception of nature was replaced by a new theory that reproduces all of the successful predictions of its predecessor, while providing also valid predictions about a host of phenomena that are strictly incompatible with the precepts of eighteenth and nineteenth century physics. No prediction of the new theory has been shown to be false" (Mindful Universe).
We are moving to the point in our human history where we have to treat our everyday world, not as real, but as a virtual reality. In light of this, the only true reality is consciousness or mind. We are, truth be told, conscious agents that have wrongly over-attached to illusory, virtual bodies (I call them our protien jumpsuits), not remembering our true super-abode which is undying. This certainly agrees with Buddhism. But with our use of Terence McKenna's one free miracle card, making consciousness the superset and the physical world we live in the subset, a great revolution is happening.
The former Newtonian-Darwinian world view is not going to give up easily—they have a legion of trolls who will go to any length to keep consciousness subordinated to the old materialistic ontology. Even now, it is marching under the banner of "globalism" which is just another name for corporatism which is the merger of the state and corporate power according to Benito Mussolini. We see it in the form of the so-called, Military Industrial Complex and the Medical Industrial Complex. Not only this, it controls the media and the universities. Here the armies of backwardness are gathering their forces. This reminds me of something out of J. R. R. Tolkien's master work, Lord of the Rings which is a war between light and shadow.