APPLAUSE ! ! !Originally posted by elwestrand
I agree with Canute. There is no scientific principle that asserts that consciousness is a result of the biochemical reations in the physical brain. If there is, what is it? Tell me, please. This is a POSTULATE, not an AXIOM, although many people consider it an axiom because they have limited perceptions. Science asserts that consciousness is an epiphenomenon-- it has no explanation of it in truth.
Am, the physical brain is not the cause of consciousness, just as a riverbed is not the cause of water. Physical brain is an insturment for consciouness to express itself through the physical body. I have no faith in this, I have experienced the reality of it.
Brains are simply billions of material particulates - at some subatomic level those particulates are elemental (comprised only of themselves). Each of those elemental particulates is an 'existence' or 'being'. Each existence has the property of identity. Two particulates cannot share an identity.
Brains do not think. The life-form 'being' which is wearing it experiences 'thought'. Brains do; however, facilitate thought and engender what we experience as consciousness. Processes in the brain influence thought just as thought influences the processes in the brain.
Brains are basically the filter between the stimulus from outside the body and the being inside the body. They REALLY come in handy. Without it, you would be dead - again.