posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 10:13 PM
reply to post by Allred5923
A nice list! I would say that #1 (consciousness) is the most intriguing mystery of the mind.
It's very odd, but I just discovered tonight a whole thread on this subject in the ATS "Research" forum, and I spent about two hours reading that
forum. I also wrote a detailed comment to that thread. But when I posted to the thread, I got an error. (I guess I can't post to that forum -- how
Check out the section on "Consciousness Research", in the "ATS Research" forum. It is very high quality stuff.
Basically, what I wanted to say about consciousness, in my ill-fated post, was as follows: we need to separate consciousness into two different
aspects: "thinking" (which is a type of processing) and "feelings" (which are independent of processing.)
By way of example, the feeling of "addiction" you spoke of -- hey -- no processing required there. Addiction (like any pain or pleasure) is
something you feel -- not something you think!
I theorize that "feelings" exist as some physical property of the universe, independent of the brain, probably experienced by all physical
components of the universe, and probably something that continues on after we die. Being a natural phenomenon, feelings can probably be attributed to
some undiscovered physical phenomenon, such as a side effect of the future resolving itself into the past, or maybe something that will be explained
by quantum mechanics.
If feelings are independent of processing, maybe rocks and trees have feelings. Certainly dogs and cats have recognizable feelings, just like humans
do. Maybe the universe itself has feelings.
In brief, that's all I was compelled to say. Whew! One less thing to worry about.