Life as an explosionThe phenomena of life can be thought of as an explosion - physically, life is essentially a self-sustaining chemical reaction; evolution is a bloom of chemical diversity. Once the process is ignited, potentially starting from a single point - the reaction expands outwards, increasing exponentially with time, in volume and complexity.
[Tycho supernova remnant - http://i.space.com/images/i/8818/i02/tycho.jpg]
Consciousness and the illusion of controlIn the same way that the various components and structures that can be observed as part of a "conventional" explosion have no control over themselves as individual elements of the larger process, it is difficult when thinking of life in this context, to believe that life should have any control over itself. Also, thinking in this context, the event and development of life is inherently and inextricably connected to every other part of itself.
Consciousness and self-realisation then, can be considered an aspect and result of the increasing complexity of the explosion. So, can we think of consciousness as being like the universe observing itself in a mirror?
This thinking does not take into account or consider anything beyond the limit of our current understanding of our physical environment, nor does it aim to.
EDIT: 20130911 - changed the name of this post from "Not sure how to relate this to technology -" to what it is currently.