posted on Jun, 9 2011 @ 02:04 AM
Originally posted by EthanT
Ideas have been proposed that consciousness arises from quantum effects.
The only problem is that quantum phenomenon apply to the world of the very, very small, which may very well make the effects negligible to the
operation of a brain.
I suggest that we be very careful about two assumptions that are still being made by many scientists in these fields:
1) Consciousness is somehow a consequence of physical laws.
2) Consciousness resides in the human brain.
They really have no business making these assumptions about consciousness. And if they are wrong (obviously I think they are or I wouldn't be writing
this) then they might end up learning a lot about something, but it won't be consciousness.
There is A LOT of evidence, even within the academic literature, that consciousness can exist and persist separate from a live body. This idea is
. It has been ever since teachers started talking about it, and it will continue to be from here on out. One ignores this idea,
the data that supports it, and its implications, at one's peril!
We can learn, perhaps, from the basic pattern of scientific progress. It starts with the study of effects. And as the effects become better
understood, we begin to understand their causes. With more research the basic patterns get simpler and simpler. We know today, for instance, that all
life forms on earth share the same chemistry, cellular structure, and dependence on genetic coding. And we also know that all matter that we have
found, in all its incredible variety of forms, is made up of different combinations of the same basic particles that communicate with each other
according to just a few basic rules. So progress has been in the direction of common basic patterns that underlie a huge variety of different
manifestations. Science has discovered many of the causal patterns of the physical universe. Now it is attempting to connect this knowledge to the
universe of ideas. Let's not jump to conclusions about the role of consciousness in these patterns! If you want a "scientific" answer to this
riddle, then you will have to be patient and let science figure it out.