You have a type. A series of types—blood type, genotype, Myers-Briggs type. But you are individual. Your life is unique. You believe in certain things because they match your experiences in life. Your logic fits almost perfectly, given a few imponderables. The universe according to your world-view is validated regularly by events. Yet you find yourself often at odds with certain other people over the meanings you assign to these events. You are rarely swayed in your assessments. You are exactly you, a perfect example of seven plus billion individual humans on the planet.
That is the evidence of consciousness. You are alive. You think and feel. You remember and imagine. You are a classic and singular example of a group: homo mamadada.
Being alive is a real thing. Consciousness is fundamental to the universe. Like Space. Like Time.
Let’s take that as a starting premise and subject it to the framework already established to qualify and quantify concepts: scientific inquiry.
To begin, what do we know to be replicable about our universe from mathematics and physics? Here are some of the biggies: Electromagnetism. E=mc2. Relativistic space and time. Quantum mechanics. Antimatter. The weak nuclear force. The strong nuclear force. String theory.