Inner Dialogue – Consciousness and Symbiosis

Anonymous (@) 7 years, 8 months ago

Who is to say that our inner dialogue belongs to us. That our thoughts are our own and come from the macro human bag of flesh we see when we look in the mirror. Could it not be that the endless cacophony of thoughts that are impossible to quiet derive from the bacteria and viruses that inhabit our bodies? Could we just be hosts for them. Our brains and neurological systems evolved as a symbiotic extension for the use of these microbes to communicate and experience the world. Our reality a pieced together amelioration of their communication. Dreams a byproduct of these organisms continuing to communicate when we are asleep. Do we not lend these microorganisms a neural network and locomotion, collect and predigest food for them, replicate to provide new hosts. Why do we assume that our sentient mind belongs to ‘us’. How would we know the difference?

March 17, 2014 at 8:57 pm
Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

You place emphasis on matter, but who to say we aren’t just material hosts for energy?

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Anonymous (64) (@) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

I often think this too. In a sense being material hosts for energy would make us antennas. Let me rephrase then, be us neurological hosts for our bacteria and viruses or material hosts for energy, there are numerous other explanations for who or what puts the self in ‘I’ and the fleshy meat bag we see when we look in the mirror may not be the one who is in control of our consciousness.

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

There are certain cells that never replicate, we have the same one through our whole life, I think it may be nerves, which are basically where energy and matter meet as one. The thing with bacteria or viruses is they have a short lifespan, they replicate, but each cell otherwise doesn’t last long.

In a spiritual view of consciousness, I have entertained that it is something more fundamental that higher brain function, that consciousness may even be quantum in nature, and exists in some form in everything.

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