We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Students of Hermetic Arts and Sciences will recognize this thesis as foundational. Various organizations which teach Hermetic Arts and Sciences (e.g. AMORC) teach this principle first. e.g. Hermeticists note that the essential reason why we like or dislike another person is because of our relative resonance or dissonance. So, to have an effective organization, procedures are established which facilitate the harmonizing of dissonance.
Homework assignment: In your quieter moments, give thought to what would happen if this "Universal" or "Cosmic" consciousness was a characteristic of information being non-local (i.e. John Bell's theories). Lots of fun for the little grey cells in that adventure.
""Is it not good to know what follows from what, even if it is not necessary FAPP? [FAPP is Bell's disparaging abbreviation of "for all practical purposes."] Suppose for example that quantum mechanics were found to resist precise formulation. Suppose that when formulation beyond FAPP is attempted, we find an unmovable finger obstinately pointing outside the subject, to the mind of the observer, to the Hindu scriptures, to God, or even only Gravitation? Would that not be very, very interesting?"
Eddington thought that the universe was made of mind-stuff which physics is by its own laws prevented from completely measuring (the way time and lengths change to prevent certain things from being determined for instance). That sort of got around Coleridge.
Anyway if you can measure it, it's not consciousness.
Ah, but you are trying to use logic you fool. Of course I, and just about everybody, are the same kind of fool. This link is to a video of a Richard Feynman lecture on quantum mechanics cued to where he explains that we have absolutely no idea what's going on.