I have been continuing research into what thinks and what doesn't, and I have come to a few conclusions. Bacteria appear to think and make choices,
such as swimming towards food and away from poisons. However, this form of life evolved naturally and is all mechanical - no thought required.
Let me digress a moment to discuss my views on evolution. I am not religious, and I accept that I need to learn more about evolution in order to
understand it. I do believe things evolved, just as said in scientific circles, however, I suspect there may be some will involved in evolution - just
as I suspect there is will involved with bacteria.
My suspicions have turned up no evidence of will in bacteria. However, what I do see is a complicated machine that has things like a memory - and this
memory allows it to compare its current state to its past state to see whether or not it is moving closer to nutrients. This is temporal sensing, and
it is necessary to make choices. However, these choices all seem to be mechanical when it comes to bacteria. It looks as if they were programmed or
designed by someone, however that is supposed to be an illusion created by survival of the fittest. Even so, a bacteria seems to be something that was
designed, just like a computer program, but cannot think for itself. But a computer program cannot be written unless it is created by something that
can think for itself.
For a while now, I 've known about a theory called ORCH-OR which says there are quantum reactions in our neurons that cause thoughts. I think these
quantum reactions cause perception and emotion, something not Newtonian in nature yet something that I think is still explainable through science.
So, the search for consciousness begins. What thinks and what doesn't. After a conversation with a friend and more research, I decided that something
that thinks probably has a brain, and if I were to speculate, I'd say a brain with the ORCH-OR process. Maybe this could have evolved naturally. We'll
get to that - also, I don't know anything about plants. Their thought processes have not been seriously looked at.
So I did some more research, and I found out that insects think. Bees and ants perceive each other and have feelings as well, according to scientific
studies - however, it is not known how advanced these are. But a bacteria would not have the ability to perceive or feel. I believe perceiving and
feeling are quantum processes. I believe that we are a quantum being and we perceive one perspective (our own) and feel one set of emotions (our own).
We may empathize with others to simulate their emotions, but we can only feel our own.
This quantum thought brings with it something entirely new - culture. Humans are one of the only species that has developed the ability to store data
in symbols. This allows for language, and more and more information is stored.
I believe there is a spiritual realm where all possibilities exist and in this realm, if one accesses it, they can quickly see what blueprints are the
most effective. Or inventions can be made in the mind. This is basically the mental realm, but not some physical process, all quantum in nature. At
any rate, ideas can be brought from that creative realm and stored in the physical realm through symbolism.
For example, I can write a sentence. Each letter in that sentence has an associated sound and an associated history. I wrote a thread on letters
called The Alphabet of the Phonecians
that describes how I think each letter actually
has the secret to how to say it hidden in its shape.
Culture sort of becomes its own organism. Cars driving along roads look a lot like cells, and cities seem like entities in themselves. Corporations
are like cultural entities as well as nations. What if a corporation or a religion was actually an entity composed of individuals, each with a
perspective. Does this corporation or religion have its own perspective? Likely not, but it acts like it does.
The question that has me a bit suspicious is what drives life to go forth and evolve? I do understand that life gets its energy from the sun and
nutrients from the earth, but a rock gets nutrients from the earth it sits on and has the sun in its face as well. We can focus on this another
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