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Epiphileon # Posted on October 27, 2013 at 5:32 am

@woodstock,
Consciousness is a result of the dynamic signal processing of the brain. It specifically relies on phasic re-entrant signaling, occurring on nested, distributed systems of local neural circuits, that are specific to the various task specific nuclei of the brain.
Rudimentary consciousness is simply when an entity has a sensorium, A sensorium is the recreation of the external world as a result of the combination of the neuronal signals generated by the various sensory modalities; visual, auditory, tactile, et cetera
In conversations such as this one, what is most often being referred to by consciousness, is actually the consciousness of consciousness, or the “I” of mind, this occurs when an entity perceives its’ sensorium.

For all practical intents and purposes, reality exists independent of the individual observer. If this were not true scientific method would fail.

The motivation to induce altered states of consciousness, no matter by what means, is the result of a very basic characteristic of the nervous system, i.e. things that do not change become ignored. Your underwear elastic, your wristwatch, anything that becomes a steady state presentation to the nervous system. By the way, this is the reason your eyes jerk around in tiny movements called saccades. When you alter the state of consciousness you become much more aware of it, and for a certain subset of the population a high existence, is highly desirable,