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What is consciousness, an emerging rationalization of stimuli?

What makes brain matter “conscious” or capable of thought and memory?


  1. There are many different levels of consciousness. Simple bacteria have neural impulses. For us it is far deeper. Human consciousness begins with the realization of the “self”. Very few other animals can recognize themselves in a mirror. Once that is done we enter an entirely new world.

  2. Synapses fire and as long as we receive adequate oxygen and cellular nutrition, we as organic human creatures experience life via a mental construct, some prefer to call this mental awareness, “spirit”, but this duplicitous error makes the false assumption that after the body, (which includes the brain where our consciousness originates) dies, that somehow the organic matter that gives us the ability to be self-aware of our own existence somehow “survives”, (like in fictional depictions in movies) the death of the organic matter that provides us with the ability to do things that live humans can do, such as think, (while awake, typically) or dream, while resolving sub-conscious conflicts while asleep.
    The two elements that perform most of the functions we enjoy as thought patterns are the electrochemical dielectric(s) commonly known as Sodium/Potassium.

  3. apparently there is a deep connection of consciousness intertwined with what we find to be a simple existence, call it God, call it energy, call it what you want… but I find it obvious that whatever it may be like IS there

  4. In the same way that the lungs are hard-wired to breath, so the brain is hard-wired to begin analyzing sensory stimuli. The process is called epistemic, and the results are metaphysical.
    So in a sense, you are correct, but I think “rationalization” is the wrong wrong. First, that usually means “to make excuses for what shows a lack of reason.” Second, because the stimuli than an infant receives can often hijack a rational process of epistemology, resulting in an irrational metaphysics.
    “At birth, a child’s mind is tabula rasa; he has the potential of awareness–the mechanism of a human consciousness–but no content. Speaking metaphorically, he has a camera with an extremely sensitive, unexposed film (his conscious mind), and an extremely complex computer waiting to be programmed (his subconscious). Both are blank. He knows nothing of the external world. He faces an immense chaos which he must learn to perceive by means of the complex mechanism which he must learn to operate.” http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/tabula_rasa.html
    If a child is abused, say because his single mother is a drug user and does not properly feed the baby, and leaves it in dirty diapers, and blows pot smoke at it, s/he will not properly identify the objects that come to fill his tabula rasa. Think of a woman abused by her husband, who keeps going back to him because he apologized and says he loves her, then beats her again. Both her epistemic processes and her metaphysical estimations of what life is, have become twisted.
    Yet, if all things worked properly, your answer would be absolutely correct. Unfortunately, it is only correct in some, but not all, cases.


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