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How does the brain, something of material ordinance, harbor the consciousness or soul of a metaphysical world?

As the title says. I’ve always been baffled as to how or even why we are conscious in no effort to the functions of the brain and our actions, given the light on predetermined cognitive acts influenced by prior states and conditions of the external world.

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  1. How does the brain, something of material ordinance, harbor the consciousness or soul of a metaphysical world?
    ~~~ It doesn’t!
    Consciousness “harbors” the “material ordinance”.
    “Consciousness is the ground of all Being!” – Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics
    ‘Materialism’ is a refuted and obsolete philosophy.

  2. A higher ability to perceive the world areound us. Our soal may not be any diffferent than any other life form, but our gift of a higher concsiousness allows us a different perspective of our universes. This knowlwdge gives us the power to change our future path as a species. The anthropic principle is an aspect of this intuitive knowlege, and will eventually lead to the keys to time travel and the use of technologies that lead to life unending. Much of the future may be held in a form of organic technology that leads to worm holes created by combined consciousness and harmoneous mind produced resonance. the fact that are minds are geared toward such metaphysical realities makes us godlike compared to other species. We should start by reaching for a peaceful planet, both with other races and countries, and the planet as a whole. No more human pollution. More human progrerssion.

  3. You describe what’s known as “The Causal Interaction Problem” of dualism: if our brain is material and our consciousness immaterial, how can one act on the other?
    Some people solve the problem by claiming that everything is actually a material phenomenon (btw, materialism isn’t “obsolete and refuted” at all; it’s a living field of investigation); others say that everything is actually immaterial.

  4. Are you referring to David Chalmers “hard problem of consciousness”? Chalmers is quite courageous in the current intellectual environment to posit that dual properties of matter may somehow explain this and that the core reason is somehow the organization of matter.
    However, Chalmers is still a materialist (otherwise he would be uninvited from most every stage and blocked from publishing) whose premise is basically that consciousness arises from matter somehow. In the future we will accept the bald evidence of first person experience that matter is actually an epiphenomenon of consciousness. However, before that distant day, we will have all agreed on precise definitions for today’s fuzzy terms: mind, consciousness, awareness, presence, aliveness, life and, above all, supposedly “empty space.”

  5. A wrong illusion has been created today with the advance ment of science and technology that man knows everything. The belief and faith in “UNSEEN” are part of the science. In reality, we do have lot of beliefs behind the scientific development of today. For instance, Infinity in Maths, Photon in physics, light years in astronomy etc are few examples. Similarly, human life, consciousness, soul, mind are all mere terms and till now science has not defined these things precisely. In an hospital in London almost they have weighed very accurately the mass of 150 persons just before death and after death. They could not see any difference in the mass. Means we don’t know what has left the physical body when the person dies.
    Humans have to be controlled during every moment of his/her life. Otherwise we will discover problems like HIV / Aids, Cancer, Nuclear Bombs, Terrorism etc. The best control of any human being comes from his/her own self control. This self control can be achieved only by the “Fear” of God. The real challenge is to identify the “True” and “ Real” God.

  6. Functionalism gets around this question of “how” in the physical sense of “how”. We can map in real-time what is going on in the brain during different functions, such as praying, singing, doing math, etc.
    But that doesn’t explain the central question. Until we can explain it physically, we must be content with the functionalist idea that “it does work”, combined with the epistemological idea that since consciousness is consciousness of something, the mind abstracts the qualia of existence from perceptions; from multiple abstractions the mind then forms simple inductions, which it then places in logical order to form deductions, and also to form concepts.
    Aristotle said the essence of anything that exists was “in the thing”. Modern cognitive epistemology has shown that essences, or universals, are conceptual, which “functionally” makes a concept the result of abstractions, inductions, and deductions.
    The soul is the conscience of consciousness. Why we have a conscience can probably be explained in terms of the survival of values. If we did not act in accordance with our knowledge of the things we value, if instead we acted against them, doing what we knew to be destructive of them, we would destroy the things that functionalism ascribes to the soul: love, desire, joy, mental pain, etc.
    Perhaps someday the physical sciences can show us a picture of the soul, as it now shows us pictures of a brain as its mind is praying.
    For now, we must be content to accept that that is reality, and be glad we are conscious of it.

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