We will NEVER fully understand Consciousness because we're PART of it.

In summary: Its something that seems to be ineffable and subjective.In summary, I think it's important to be mindful of our experience and not get bogged down in trying to measure it or understand it completely.
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From everything I've studied, I've come to the conclusion that we will never FULLY grasp what it means to be a conscious being, because we are PART of the system. It's like trying to understand the structure of a 'box' when you are inside of the box. You can't know what it looks like unless you enlist an outside perspective.

I think in order to fully understand consciousness, one has to die. Not that I believe in death- there is no death in all the Universes..death is merely a transition phase from a human being into another different entity/existence. Only THEN, can we fully comprehend the meaning of consciousness.
 
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"A fish cannot comprehend the existence of water. He is too deeply immersed in it."

-Sir Oliver Lodge
 
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Good quote there!

It'd be like trying to comprehend the meaning of reality whilst being stuck in a dream - you simply can't. The only way is to leave the dream, ie wake up. So to comprehend this existence/consciousness one must leave THIS life in order to look back on it from the 'OUTSIDE'.
 
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Too bad death won't give us consciousness in any way.
 
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Jarle said:
Too bad death won't give us consciousness in any way.
It'd be another form of consciousness, I presume but something higher beyond our mere human minds. :)
 
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Why would you think that we would have awareness when the prerequisite for it has decomposed?
 
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Because like energy, awareness can't be created nor destroyed. What were you before you were human?
 
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Zdenka said:
It'd be another form of consciousness, I presume but something higher beyond our mere human minds. :)

Watching too much stargate, Zdenka :P
 
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Zdenka said:
Because like energy, awareness can't be created nor destroyed. What were you before you were human?

This assumes awareness is a 'thing', rather than a process. You're basically claiming that souls exist. There is no scientific basis for this. Energy can be measured, but awareness, not so much.

Its like asking where 'walking' or 'running' disappear to, when you sit down for a rest.
 
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JoeDawg said:
This assumes awareness is a 'thing', rather than a process. You're basically claiming that souls exist. There is no scientific basis for this. Energy can be measured, but awareness, not so much.

Maybe awareness is like a more advance science. It can be measured with technology that is ubber advanced say, 1.2 billion years from now.
 
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I thought awareness was a product of electricity in the brain.

If you lobotomize a part of your frontal lobe and loose your sense of smell and taste, has your sense of smell and taste evolved into something higher?
 
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No one can be told what the Matrix is. You need to see it for yourself. You need to get out of the system.
 
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Who is trying to "fully grasp" what it means to be a conscious being? What an idiotic pursuit.
 
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Zdenka said:
No one can be told what the Matrix is. You need to see it for yourself. You need to get out of the system.

You seem to be employing a metaphor used for a different situation. In The Matrix, living people were having modified experiences of their reality manipulated by machines. Living people attached to the machines had one experience of reality, while those (living people) that had disengaged themselves had another (presumably, the authentic one). The movie never addressed what experience dead bodies had, whether Matrix-engaged or not.
 
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"From everything I've studied, I've come to the conclusion that we will never FULLY grasp what it means to be a conscious being, because we are PART of the system. It's like trying to understand the structure of a 'box' when you are inside of the box. You can't know what it looks like unless you enlist an outside perspective.
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As it happens, we are inside an awfully big box called the universe, and there doesn't seem much hope for us to get on the outside of it.

Still, I think we have done pretty well of comprehending the box we're in. :smile:
 
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JoeDawg said:
This assumes awareness is a 'thing', rather than a process. You're basically claiming that souls exist. There is no scientific basis for this. Energy can be measured, but awareness, not so much.

Its like asking where 'walking' or 'running' disappear to, when you sit down for a rest.

I can't measure your awareness certianly, but I'm having no trouble measuring my own.
 
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m00npirate said:
I can't measure your awareness certianly, but I'm having no trouble measuring my own.

So how does one go about measuring awareness? What sort of yard stick do you use?
 
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I was taking awareness to be binary. Either I am aware or I am not.
 
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m00npirate said:
I was taking awareness to be binary. Either I am aware or I am not.

Its not really a binary though, if you've ever been drunk or really tired, or focused on a specific task, your 'level of awareness' can be said to vary. And it can disappear and reappear in an instant.

But really my point is, you can't measure awareness without being aware. So its a time dependent process, without external reference. It requires a sense of continuity with the past. That sense of continuity is not implicit when observing an apple, for instance. It is implicit when you are watching a horse race. The horses and the apples are things, but the 'horse race' is a process, not a thing.
 
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1. What is consciousness?

Consciousness is the state of being aware of and able to perceive one's surroundings, thoughts, and emotions.

2. How is consciousness related to us?

Consciousness is a fundamental aspect of our existence as humans. It is the basis of our self-awareness and shapes our experiences and perceptions of the world.

3. Why can't we fully understand consciousness?

Because we are a part of consciousness, it is impossible for us to fully understand it. We are limited by our own consciousness and cannot step outside of it to observe and analyze it objectively.

4. Can we make progress in understanding consciousness?

Yes, we can make progress in understanding consciousness through scientific research and exploration. However, the nature of consciousness is complex and elusive, so we may never have a complete understanding of it.

5. How does our perception of consciousness affect our understanding?

Our perception of consciousness is shaped by our individual experiences and beliefs, which can influence our understanding and interpretation of it. It is important to approach the study of consciousness with an open mind and a willingness to challenge our preconceived notions.

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