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The 'problem of consciousness' is widely seen as an intractable mystery - the biggest challenge humanity faces as it seeks to gain a 'complete' understanding of both itself and the non-human world.

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But what exactly is consciousness? The aim of this book is to help to initiate a change of perspective and to thereby dissolve the seeming intractability of the 'problem of consciousness'. Materialism, Awareness.

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    Consciousness doesn't really exist as some separate thing apart from ordinary matter. Life, death, and consciousness are all interactions no matter how we try to analyse it. Why make it out to be more than what it is? But are you not analysing consciousness yourself when you say "it is all interaction in one form or another". It seems to me that you are trying to step outside of yourself when you make such a claim, as though in discerning what consciousness is you are able to transcend consciousness.

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    You also seem to think that in rejecting your view I am trying to make consciousness something spiritual something "more than what it is" , when in fact I'm doing the opposite; I am trying to draw you back to the obvious but easy to forget phenomena of consciousness, that which is both immediately known to us and at the same time nigh on impossible to grasp, ontologically speaking.

    Yes, Physicalists do seem to assume anyone trying to investigate the question of consciousness is on the way to creating a pseudo religious myth in some way. Current Physicalism is a bit limited in what it can explain, particularly how unconscious matter becomes a conscious human being.

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    On the other hand I'm a bit surprised to read in this article there are modern day dualists! That we are conscious of our own consciousness is irrelevant the way I see it. We are simply interacting in a complex manner. That is what consciousness is, and that is why we are conscious First off--I love this stuff. I try to rationalize all views and stir them up and try to come up with something that goes beyond equations, religious dogma Once you die your consciousness or "soul" can pass through this field from the physical to the non-physical.

    It would explain a lot. I really believe that there is another state of existence out there I absolutely believe in ghosts, reincarnation, and a form of afterlife though I do not believe in God or the Devil. However, when you refer to "soul", it is important to understand what the soul is not from just a spiritual perspective, but also from a physical perspective. What is the soul? I tell you it is simply another form of interaction. Everything is interaction. I would say that without a doubt there exist forms or ways of interacting that science is currently unaware of.

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    The "soul" the way I see it, is another form of interaction that continues after that stage we call death. Nothing ever truly ceases. There is only continual interaction in one form or another. People can be spiritual about it all they want, but for me it is all physical. The only way something can exist or be real in a physical universe is if it is physical. Interaction is physical.

    It is interesting that people use EMF detectors to look for ghosts. Electromagnetism is one of the Fundamemtal Interactions. It is possible that electromagnetism is where the "soul" originates. When our physical body "dies", some form of electromagnetic interaction continues on.

    Oh the hubris; the definitive statements of absolute certainty in many of these comments really is a tad amusing. To claim certainty on the side of Science in this as if your beliefs are facts , is no different than a fundamentalist religious view. Don't make Science a religion; please.

    Our knowledge and understanding evolve; that's what Science is about; let it continue to question and wonder; without that allowance, Science is as stale and static as the medieval church. And don't 'punish' those who don't agree with your views. Get it? The problem with what people think of as panpsychism is the attributing animal-like consciousness to inanimate objects like atoms, rocks and tables. It's obviously not how things work. What is consciousness but a reaction? Or, more precisely, it's an integrated system of reactivity. Everything reacts to something else, but with varying degrees of complexity and, hence, control.

    It's not that everything is conscious so much as what we call consciousness is at the more complex and controlled end of the reactivity spectrum. I think the problem with approaching the hard problem is, that one can see the content of consciousness but cannot see consciousness itself. The question is then why not leave consciousness out of the equation? Well you might missout something very interesting. What if there is something that precedes the interacting capacity of a organism the most simple definition of conscioussness?

    And what if this is not bound to an individual organism, but more like a unifying basic-soup. Signed by someone who believes that the hard problem is not solvable merely through a discussion on a website ;.

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    After reading mostly psychologists I assume, perhaps incorrectly grapple with the issue of "consciousness" it is a wonder we ever make any slight progress with questions of substance. The discourse on display is really embarrassing to me anyway -- being affiliated with the field. Most concepts in philosophy - like knowledge, consciousness, reality, or closing the explanatory gap and solving the hard problem - cannot properly be explained due to the fact that the foundations of these ideas are basically flawed. Even the Hard Problem isn't so hard - if and only if one will study and understand the origin, creation, and evolution of early information based on Information Materialization I.

    By utilizing the two most important foundations of IM - the Caveman in the Box and the Human Mental Handicap - the inherently flawed ideas in the study of the mind can be properly addressed. In his work on I. He claimed that "No Humans can think of something without associating such something with a physical object". This simplicity of comparative association is the basic indicator that determines if one is conscious or not.

    If plants can hear, smell, feel and remember their surroundings, then it shows that they have the ability to associate what they sense with another objects. If they can feel warm, then they know what hotness is. If they can hear music, then they can differentiate regular from irregular waves, maybe from breeze to noise. If they have this ability to do this one to one correspondence, matching one thing with another thing, then plants are conscious beings.