First, what are some of the "hard problems"?
Secondly, let's address the problem and think about them in open minded and clear ways.
The first hard problem I want to tackle is the subjective nature of human experience. This is, fundamentally how each of us experience reality and
from this experience we come to certain realizations and understanding relative to oneself.
This has always fascinated me, in how humans evolve from single-celled organisms which at some point evolved a relationship that enabled single-celled
organisms to suddenly form families of cells that worked in groups to preform more advanced and sophisticated tasks. Certainly, I am not alone as
many of us endure to try to understand such a profound and complex cellular systems as found in the human body, this organic complexity is found in
Each cell in a relative way must also experience it's life and existence subjectively. Is a single-cell self-aware? At some cellular level it must
be. Not necessarily in the way each of us are, but certainly in a way that is to scale and relative to the single cell.
It's in the single cell that we find a new system of relationships which is not multicellular rather protein based and amazing that at a molecular
level, proteins are forming simple mechanical systems which propagate functions needed for cellular life. Is a single protein also subjectively
self-aware as the cell may be? It is composed of many atoms which create it's molecular structure, thus potentially providing a framework for
conscious, self-aware circuitry to propagate in scale upwards into larger systems. Just an idea.
It seems that subjectively experiencing reality is part of the laws as every living organism is subjectively experiencing information from the
objective Universe. This is where many of the hard problems come from, how the subject experiences the objective. How do we measure this, how to we
quantify it and understand it?
It's relative in understanding the subjective nature of human experience as all organisms function at this similar fate. At least what we do know is
that each subject is experiencing life in an objective universe and certain fundamental mechanics are at work which govern the experience for that
It's that experience of reality which makes the entire symphony of relationships between atoms, molecules and cells as it scales up into multicellular
organisms. Moving from the physical mechanics, there are also informational mechanics at work. A communication system that propagates information.
A digital, language orientated system that nature uses to preform functions relative to rendering out the experience of objective data in a subjective
way so that the organism can survive and exist in it's current subjective state.
The digital aspect of these systems is where we find self-awareness, consciousness and our experience of reality. It is the result of all of these
atomic, molecular and cellular relationships which produces an amazing self-aware conscious organism that is experiencing the rendering of data in a
subjective way as something we call reality.
It's very profound as it seems every living system has this requirement to digitalize information into subjective renderings of reality. How reality
renders is based on the limits of these relationships as eyes, ears, noses and other sensory organs interpret very specific ranges of energy,
vibration and chemistry. The end result is the subjective nature of reality. What I like to call the experience of reality. A not entirely
objective view, but good enough to survive in model.
What is this digital chemistry in the brain that renders out the experience of reality? Does a cell also produce a rendered version of sensory data
within it's limited ability to process information? It's really something one can only muse at. I really don't know, but there are interesting
systems in each cell that suggest this is so. Systems which scaled up appear like multicellulared organs in our body.
For example digestion. Each cell uses a protein arrangement that deals with digestion where in larger systems this is a cellular matrix. Like the
larger scale organisms each cell has a nucleus that is like the central CPU of the cell processing all the data the cell gets from it's limited
sensory apparatus. So you might think a cell does not render an experience of reality, but in fact it's very likely that it does within the nucleus
in a way similar to how our brain also renders this data.
Proteins and atoms however is much harder to suggest such a possibility. In turn-machines and automata, even an atom has the basic requirements to
produce automata thus create information processing potential.
Information processing is a very important part of life and an ongoing evolutionary marvel. How does a cell process information? How does a larger
multicellular organism process information? It's relative to scale, it's relative to evolutionary design... we are living examples of what that
end-result is capable of.
Each of us subjectively rendering out an experience of objective reality. Something that can lead to a difference of opinion, but that is expected.
Being subjective predicts that trait. Thoughts?
edit on 10-9-2011 by YouAreDreaming because: (no reason given)