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UniverseWeAre
I'm the universe bewildered by the fact that the universe has the capacity to feel bewilderment at all.
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@Robin I think the point you are trying to make is that consciousness is an emergent property from the whole system and not from any one individual human. If that's not the point you're making you should be. ;) Humans share consciousness like flowers share colors.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2014 on The Epitome of Consciousness at Question Everything
... and the fool who blew it... :)
Toggle Commented May 23, 2014 on The Epitome of Consciousness at Question Everything
"The reason I call it ineffable is because one senses that there is something real there, but cannot observe it as a consciously held object." I think you'd take that back had you ever eaten an ounce of magic mushrooms. ;) I think it needs to be stated that the Sensory Integration Map is where the separateness illusion creeps in. The Sensory Integration Map performs a vital function by drawing boundary lines between the organ that keeps our bits inside us (our flabby skin shells) and the rest of the universe as a whole. It is the emergence of sapience that allows us to understand that our self stretches beyond our epidermis. The specialized food we eat is as much a part of our digestive system as our stomach and intestines. The trees and plants are as much a part of our respiratory system as our lungs are. The mass of the Earth is as much a part of our skeletal system as our bones are. Lights, sounds, odors and flavors are part of our nervous system along with our nerve endings and brains. Sapience allows us a greater sense of self that encompasses way more than a blob of flesh with individual freedoms and rights. It allows us to realize that we need food to grow and water to drink and people to share it with. It allows us to realize that the basic unit of survival is not the individual; but the community and its environment. (Paraphrasing John Michael Greer). We are the systems that support us. We are literally conscious universe since our lives depend upon its entire history happening the way it happened. A bubble is composed of the air inside it, the thin soap (or spit) film forming the fragile shell, the entire atmosphere that it floats in, the Earth it floats above and the sunlight that it sparkles in.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2014 on The Epitome of Consciousness at Question Everything
I can't wait :) I'm still hoping part II of http://questioneverything.typepad.com/question_everything/2014/02/exploring-consciousness.html where you, "tackle the next level phenomenal experience — observing the observing! Humans are conscious that they are conscious." Thanks!
Toggle Commented Apr 17, 2014 on Convergence at Question Everything
"You know some quicksand still feels like solid ground for a bit — until it is too late." "This ground is not the rock I thought it to be." - Tool:Floods
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2012 on The Fiscal Quicksand at Question Everything
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