As we think of the future, when we will learn to control more and more of nature, it is obvious that consciousness is a component of the universe that is cataclysmic. Whether given to us deliberately or not, the conscious mind has the potential to become a major active component of the universe. It is for this reason, that I believe consciousness is more than just a driving force, it is inevitable.
By this, I mean that consciousness is not just something that evolves, but is actually a component of the universe's existence. I've believed for some time that consciousness is an attribute that's been missing from our science, that perhaps it is another "dimension", like space and time, another contributing factor that has been left out of scientific equations and rendering them incomplete.
How do we incorporate consciousness into scientific experiments? First we need to understand more about the human mind, and perhaps how it differs from animal minds - if indeed it does. Memories, dreams, deja vu, and meditation are all phenomena that we are yet to fully understand. There is much that happens in the mind on the subatomic level, that which is subject to quantum mechanics, and these conditions make it extremely difficult to set up legitimate scientific experiments.
For a couple of hundred years, science has been objective, but it's becoming obvious as we learn more about quantum physics that the observer is a vital element of such experiments. Perhaps it's time to think about bringing the subjective back to science.