Thank you for your meaningful comments. With respect to my statement regarding why the brain cannot answer ontological questions about the universe: The brain, housed in a physical body, is part of the universe and as such, and here I agree with Max Tegmark, is a mathematical structure.
The thrust of my essay is to suggest and support the idea of a new way of thinking about how the universe we (observer) experience came about: from a Unified Mind to a split-dualistic mind. Mind is not part of the universe, it is the Source of our experience, it is not material in nature and, of course, is definitely not the brain as I stated. Within the universe the brain would be seen as processing information generated by mind.
To be sure, these ideas require a much, much deeper and thorough discussion. This essay barely touches the surface of the magnitude of this idea. My old way of thinking never afforded meaningful answers to the personal, social, political, environmental etc. issues confronting me. However, since interpreting my experiences from this framework, the “world” is very meaningful and helpful and I understand my role in it: To be in the world but not of the world.