We still haven't caught up with our latest understanding of existence.
We generally run around operating from a 'Newtonian Mechanics' view of existence which we now *know* is not accurate.
As soon as you say 'Quantum Mechanics' or 'Quantum Physics' people tend to glaze over.
Consciousness creates physical reality - not the other way around as we have been thinking.
This isn't a hippy dippy idea that pot smoking idealists baked up - this is the actual scientific findings of many physicists.
Cause and effect? Yes, but not the way you learned it in science class.
See : The Quantum Activist
Or : The Quantum Activist Site