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Given that consciousness is just a biochemical response, how can "you" and "I" be separate?

Is this separation not an illusion, a mere trick played by electrical impulses?

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  1. To even ask the question is to entirely miss the point.
    There IS no “I” or “you” that exists independently of the physical body.
    You ARE your body. I am MY body.
    And as our two bodies are not physically connected, you cannot experience my consciousness, and I cannot experience yours.

  2. “You” are experiencing biochemical responses in a different head than “I” am.
    Consider them separate test tubes, if you like.

  3. Yes it is and so is god , they call it brain activity . You see a brain has no moving parts except for its electrical activity which works almost like the magic that god used to make the universe and man

  4. Consciousness is not biochemical alone.
    It is not a response, there is consciousness prior to being conscious of something. Are you really saying that consciousness flips rapidly off and on, controlled by the outside world !!!!!!!!!!!!! Bad medicine, and bad biology.
    And of course who says ‘you’ are only your consciousness. Are you not a person under anesthesia ?
    Very sorry to see such confusion. But would love to talk personally with you as I am intrigued how you would define a ‘person’ !!

  5. Because the biochemical responses are taking place in separate, self-contained receptacles, each beyond the influence of the other.
    Your brain is inside your body and only receives input from your sense organs.
    My brain is inside my body and only receives input from my sense organs.
    I am having severe difficulties imagining what could be wrong with a person’s brain, that could cause them not to be able to understand this simple concept.

  6. well, not necessarily the majority, but a growing minority (especially among the younger physicists), believes it makes as much sense to say there are infinite universes as it does to say there is one universe. The equations of quantum mechanics can be interpreted either way. Either out of an infinite number of possibilities, the universe, every second, collapses into one – which is the reality we’re living in; or, it doesn’t collapse: all the probabilities happen at the same time in different parts of super-space.
    Both interpretations make equally much sense: they both fit the equations, they both fit the experiments, and there is nothing in science fiction wilder than this “parallel world.” I mean, the parallel-world idea literally implies that I am here, in this universe, but in the universe next door, the car I came in (which had a slight flat tire) went off the road and I got killed. Now that’s the Schrödinger’s Cat paradox: Schrödinger demonstrated that, in quantum theory, you can say a cat is dead and the cat is alive, and both can be true at the same time – even though that contradicts ordinary logic.
    Just the same way the cat can be dead and alive, I’m dead and alive. It gives you a certain Buddhist detachment from things to think that you’re dead and alive at the same time. You can’t get too worried when you start thinking of it that way.
    Other interpretations of quantum mechanics are even weirder. Bell’s theorem, a very important – the most important discovery in quantum mechanics in the last thirty or forty years. Bell’s theorem says two particles, once in contact, continue to be mathematically correlated no matter how far apart they move in space – or in time; which implies that if I take a measurement of two rays of light, and one is coming from a star and took 15 million years to get here, and the other is coming from a candle across the room, because those particles are correlated, they remain correlated no matter which way you look in time. So I’m affecting that star 15 million years ago.
    This fits the equations of quantum mechanics. It has led to a sort of general interest in monistic philosophies among physicists – monistic philosophies being those that say there is no separation in the universe, we’ve just created separations in our minds through our habit of analysis – all of which is very much like what any New-Ager will tell you, “Hey, man! It’s all one!” Well, that is one interpretation of quantum mechanics: you can’t separate anything. It’s called non-locality. You can’t separate anything in space or in time.

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