|Poof! Consciousness out of a hat!|
“What quickly had to be faced is that the thousands of year old assumption … as old as there has been history … the idea that the brain results in consciousness … that consciousness is an epiphenomen, or a byproduct or result of brain activity … was completely wrong. In fact, the world with this new information in it made no sense at all unless one considered this miraculous idea that the opposite was true: that the brain, that is, that matter … and following from that the entire physical world … was an epiphenomenon of consciousness activity. That is, that the world is a byproduct or a result or an offshoot of the events in consciousness, better said, Experience.”
“In this paradigm, awareness is seen as a byproduct of observable electrical and chemical events in the brain, which … and here is where [scientists] showed themselves to be the real sorcerers … magically, as it were, results in the sense of self. And, oh, how that can happen is some kind of mysterious process, which one must accept on faith … showing their endeavor to have been more religious than the scientific they claimed it to be.”
“…like true wizards, they alluded to consciousness and self as being some kind of naturally occurring thing based on the mere magnitude of the number of chemical and neurological events involved. Like religionists of old did in asserting a belief in God … the old-fashioned one and the old-fashioned religion … they pointed to unknowable events as the basis for the belief in their paradigm.
“…the way this paradigm is explained is that selfhood is seen to be an epiphenomenon of brain activity. They figured … lots and lots of brain activity and … poof! Consciousness out of a hat!”
– from Experience Is Divinity: Matter As Metaphor
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