Excellent OP. I think this should trigger a very interesting discussion.
First of all, I don't think we can discuss consciousness without including a discussion of the mind and brain. Is consciousness the result of humans
having a mind, or is it simply the result of our superior brainpower?
If consciousness is the result of our mind, this leads to the Dualist dilema presented by Princess Elisabeth to Descartes,
"it would be easier for me to concede matter and extension to the soul, than the capacity of moving a body and of being moved, to an immaterial
Essentially, she is saying there is no viable way for an immaterial mind to influence our physical bodies. Therefore, if we are to believe in the
mind, the mind must have some physical aspect that can physically interact with our bodies.
If you believe consciousness is a result of superior brainpower and you deny the existence of a mind, then that is simple enough, although it seems to
me an unattractive belief to have.
If you believe in the existence of a mind separate from the body, it seems to me the mind must be physical in some capacity, and I am inclined to
believe it interacts with our world on the quantum level.
To put my mind-body-consciousness theory in scientific terms, I believe consciousness is a manifestation of our physical minds that exist separately
from our brain and body. I like to think of our mind and body as the Buddhists think of it, it is like water in a cup of water. Our mind is like
water, and the cup is like our body. If the cup falls to the ground and breaks, the body is no more, and the water spills out. However, the water is
still water despite the fact that is has spilled everywhere.
I believe our minds are minimally connected to our bodies upon birth, and as our life goes on it becomes more and more intimately connected. The
"water" starts filling up the "cup" as we grow older.
How do I explain psychics and out of body experiences? Although most people's minds are only connected to their bodies, some people's minds have the
ability to also connect with the body's surroundings at the quantum level. Through this connection with its surroundings, the mind can influence and
experience things outside the body without the body actually being there.
That's all I have for now, just a lot of educated speculation on my part. Very interesting topic, looking forward to what others have on this.