Da Fuq is Conciousness?

 Verbal DNA (@doblearcoiris) 7 years, 8 months ago

Lately, I’ve been leaning towards the theory of consciousness as an illusion of the cognitive interplay between all regions of the brain firing and resting at different intervals. It makes sense.

The following is what makes me lean the other way.

You move your hand to grab some food because you are consciously experiencing hunger and our brain fires the neurons responsible for hand movement. This harmony between awareness and neuronal activity creates “will.”

Now, if you weren’t consciously experiencing your hunger, your neurons would not fire and you would grow weaker and weaker until you died. Still, your brain would begin the process of eating up your extra fat.

So, if consciousness arises in the brain, it is only a function of it, like an onboard radar yet it does not preclude the brain from “knowing” that you are hungry and beginning the secondary process without conscious awareness.

This relationship between external awareness and internal activity suggests that consciousness is a consequence of the external world acting upon a highly complex and reactive material (the brain) and either producing resonance with it (the ability to be aware of danger and move) or dissonance (Not being aware of an infection and dying).

If that is the case, then consciousness cannot exist in the external world without a brain, but neither can it exist in the brain without the external world. It is then not the brain that produces consciousness, but a combination of it and the environment.

So, consciousness can only exist so long as there is material complex and reactive enough to respond to the environment? It makes sense then that when our brain ceases to function, consciousness also stops, it’s like that saying about the one hand clapping makes no sound right?

But then what the fuck is going on when you’re dreaming!?

In that case, consciousness still exists. The brain must be oscillating at a different frequency with the same environment but producing a different consciousness.

Think about it this way.

Slapping a wall with the nails of your hand produces a particular sound right? (Waking Brain and the environment)

Slapping a wall with the palm of your hands produces another different sound. (Sleeping brain and the environment)

Does this make sense or should I drop some acid to clean it up a bit?

February 3, 2014 at 3:08 pm
Mr. Arbiter (86) (@snaysler) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

“Think about it this way.

Slapping a wall with the nails of your hand produces a particular sound right? (Waking Brain and the environment)

Slapping a wall with the palm of your hands produces another different sound. (Sleeping brain and the environment)

Does this make sense or should I drop some acid to clean it up a bit?”

Totally don’t know where you were going there, but the first part sounds cool. Yes it is very interesting the the mind requires and external existence to shape an internal existence.

Dreaming is just entering one’s intrinsic faculties for imagination, as sensory input signals become so dampened during sleep that the “loudest” activity in your mind becomes your very imagination.

And while I believe that consciousness dies with the brain, our subjective existence does not, and we live on is an inanimate “awareness”.

My two cents

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Verbal DNA (74) (@doblearcoiris) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

Yeah, I went a little overboard with the hands. Thank you for you input.

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