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What is human consciousness, where did it come from, and what is its place in the material world?

Oh Jesus. I’m obviously not asking for a definite answer. Use your imaginations a little – what do you THINK?

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  1. Human consciousness is the univerese becoming aware of itself. It came for the stars. It’s place in the material world? You got me there.

  2. That’s a question without out any factual answers. That’s basically asking, “What’s the point of life? / Who created the universe?”
    I’m assuming you won’t have anything resolved with the Q.

  3. We are working on the first two questions, so you are asking a whole lot, there. We do know that there is no metaphysical answer to the question. Thus; the mind is instantiated in the brain and consciousness is a brain/biological function. If any one tells you that this is not the approximate truth; they are seriously deluded.

  4. The ability to comprehend the things about you,…. source God ….
    its place…..principally to comprehend the one who made you and from there down ….
    How would you feel if you where the only person on Earth ..just think about this for ten seconds……………..beyond fear isn’t it …

  5. This is a great question!
    This manifestation of the omnipotence of infinite consciousness enters into an alliance with time, space and causation which are indispensible to the manifestation. Thence arose the infinite names and forms. But all these apparent names and forms are not different from the infinite consciousness. That aspect of this infinite consciousness which relates itself to the names and forms and thus to time, space and causation is known as ‘the knower of the field’, or the witness consciousness. The body is the field; that which knows this field inside out and in all its aspects is the knower of the field or witness consciousness.
    This witness consciousness becomes involved in the latent pre-dispositions and develops into the ego-sense. When this ego-sense generates notions and intentions within itself, it is known as the intellect. As the thinking instrument, it is known as the mind. When the intelligence gets further modified or perverted, it becomes the senses. All these constitute the body. Just as the fruit undergoes various changes in size, color etc., as it matures, the same consciousness undergoes these apparent changes as the ignorance grows deeper and deeper.
    The foolish person then abandons all right thinking or enquiry into the truth and voluntarily embraces ignorance as bliss. Caught in its own trap of various activities, and of the identification of oneself as their doer, such a one undergoes endless suffering which is self -imposed and self- willed.
    This world is the cause of all misfortunes and it is only the mind which is full of sorrow, grief, desire and illusion.

  6. Consciousness is a quality of the mind generally regarded to comprise qualities such as subjectivity, self-awareness, sentience, sapience, and the ability to perceive the relationship between oneself and one’s environment. It is a subject of much research in philosophy of mind, psychology, neurology, and cognitive science.
    Some philosophers divide consciousness into phenomenal consciousness, which is experience itself, and access consciousness, which is the processing of the things in experience (Block 2004). Phenomenal consciousness is the state of being conscious, such as when we say “I am conscious”. Access consciousness is being conscious of something in relation to abstract concepts, such as when we say “I am conscious of these words.” Various forms of access consciousness include awareness, self-awareness, conscience, stream of consciousness, Husserl’s phenomenology, and intentionality. Phenomenal consciousness is closely related to creature consciousness and sentience and the concept of the soul.
    Humans (and often other animals, as well) are variously said to possess consciousness, self-awareness, and a mind that contains our sensations, perceptions, dreams, lucid dreams, inner speech and imagination etc. Each of us has a subjective view. There are many debates about the extent to which the mind constructs or experiences the outer world, the passage of time, and free will.
    An understanding of necessary preconditions for consciousness in the human brain may allow us to address important ethical questions. For instance, to what extent are non-human animals conscious? At what point in fetal development does consciousness begin? Can machines achieve conscious states? Are todays autonome and intelligent machines already conscious? These issues are of great interest to those concerned with the ethical treatment of other beings, be they animals, fetuses, or, in the future, machines.[citation needed]
    In common parlance, consciousness denotes being awake and responsive to one’s environment; this contrasts with being asleep or being in a coma. The term ‘level of consciousness’ denotes how consciousness seems to vary during anesthesia and during various states of mind, such as day dreaming, lucid dreaming, imagining, etc. Nonconsciousness exists when consciousness is not present. There is speculation, mostly among religious groups, that consciousness may exist after death or before birth.

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