Consciousness, at every level of it's revelation, from the simple sensory inputs and the responsive interactions with the material universe, is an invisible reality which can't be quantified by material distillation and it's conscious implications.
Tom, fine post but I do recommend one change in this sentence, when you say “the material Universe” I suggest changing the term material to physical. Physical includes the idea that what is is composed of energy and matter. And energy is the ground of consciousness. I MO, of course. So just a suggestion.
Hey, I think I am reading a book you might like. “Meta Human” by Deepak Chopra. I know it’s Deepak but it is pretty interesting so far.