reply to post by AlienView
What most people call 'consciousness', where humans are involved
in any case, is a subjective self-reflection in the brain in the
circuits specialized for social interaction. In other words, despite
all the howls of protest to the contrary, the single largest activity
in any human brain, is to 'define the self' and to gain social status
for this 'self' and to defend this self and to prattle on about this
self and theories which reinforce this self-image. But this is not
in fact consciousness.
When one experiences nirvi-kalpa samahdi, one learns what
'consciousness' really is.. or rather the actual 'mental substrate'
behind everything which exists --- which is timeless awareness
which springs from timeless structure (of all possibilities expressed
as a potential at a minimum energy state).
When this raw awareness intersects with matter and energy
(which are both forms of the basic structure) then you get
'consciousness'. The real fact, is that the universe which is
really raw awareness and raw infinite structure potential
HAS TO GROW BRAINS and similar structures, to fully
experience itself, to become 'conscious'.
This is in fact why we exist at all.
My 2 cents.