Consciousness Unecessary

Disclaimer: I don't have the intelligence or education to sensibly discuss this topic, but I will write as if I did.

Everything that humans experience and all of human behavior originates from physical processes in the brain; therefore, everything that humans experience, and all decisions and judgements, and all the behavior resulting from the same, is decided, inevitably, by the laws of physics.

Then what purpose does consciousness serve? If all of human experience and behavior is governed inevitably by physical law, then the consciousness of experience and behavior cannot have any additional effect on consequential decisions, judgements and behaviors. After all, it's not as if consciousness operates on some level detached from the brain and above physical law.

It seems that consciousness is unnecessary, that all of human behavior could occur without it, that all of human history would be the same without it. So what purpose does consciousness serve? What evolutionary advantage does it provide a species?

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Comments (15)

  1. notthinking

    I also have no intelligence or education on the subject but I will answer as if I do.
    Everything that we experience is sorted out by the brain, meaning that everything is literally in your head. The idea that all things are decided by physics may be correct, but to what extent? I mean we only perceive, with our eyes, a small fraction of the colors in the light spectrum. That being the case, there is a very real possibility that what we understand as physical law is tiny fraction of the “forces” that are in effect within our few understood dimensions. If this doesn’t make you pause for thought, consider this. When you are walking down the street and your thoughts are running or spinning with wild abandon, which “you” is it that is observing the thoughts? For that matter, we are also not the thoughts we think. For example, one might think of themselves as being fat because the scale, a chart made up of average weight statistics, and their thoughts tell them so. But in reality a woman who weighs 165 on the scale with 22% body fat is actually “skinnier” than a woman who weighs 115 and has a body-mass index of 50%. The thoughts we think, good and bad, can be very misleading. Consciousness serves the purpose of observation, in my opinion. To what extent may only become clear as we, as a species, evolve from here, should we be so lucky as to preserve the research that has thus far been collected.

    February 02, 2017
    1. jaageet

      You are another overturned tortoise. Sad.

      February 02, 2017
      1. notthinking

        Unsure what you mean by that but if you are feeling sad, I believe they have hotlines for such things.

        February 02, 2017
        1. jaageet

          Touchy. Not good for objectivity.

          February 02, 2017
    2. wirelessguru1

      Consciousness is mostly a time/space reference.

      February 02, 2017
      1. notthinking

        And where does time and space exist?

        February 02, 2017
        1. jaageet

          They exist when there is movement.

          February 02, 2017
          1. wirelessguru1

            True that.
            Also if/when one (1) is in frequency then one is over time, by definition.
            +1 (Neo)

            February 02, 2017
        2. wirelessguru1

          Time is just the inverse of frequency and space is a wavelength…

          February 02, 2017
          1. notthinking

            And where is it perceived?

            February 02, 2017
            1. wirelessguru1

              It is perceived by the observer.

              February 02, 2017
          2. jaageet

            Is the observer the observed?

            February 02, 2017
            1. wirelessguru1

              I AM, therefore, I AM.

              February 02, 2017
            2. notthinking

              Can you see your own face? More to the point, humans replace themselves every seven years, headcheese is a delicacy to some people, and No Man’s Sky was never meant to be an MMO. GTA failed with a timely follow-through on the online end, and no matter what they say about you, you are always welcome to use the restroom at most Denny’s locations. #Summer’sEve

              February 02, 2017
            3. wirelessguru1

              I use a mirror. LOL!!!

              February 02, 2017