Question by Oogaoogabooga: What Has Physics Determined About Consciousness?
What physical patterns/fluctuations/fields/… cause consciousness? What’s required? And why aren’t other things conscious?
Don’t just say “it’s an emergent property of the brain”. What is it about the brain, its structure, the way it interacts with the environment, … that causes consciousness? And then anything else that would fit that description are those things conscious too or are there more rules about conscious? And how is this all demonstrated?
As defined as merely perceiving/experiencing something even if one never has a single self-referential thought. I.E. the broadest possible conception of consciousness. When it’s so defined then can we pinpoint what physics says about it?
For example, at its most basic perceiving a single sensation say a sound but not thinking to call such a sound a name or knowing any significance about it, just experiencing the sound would count according to the breadth of what I’m talking about. The only thing that wouldn’t be conscious would be something which doesn’t experience anything, period. Anything about the physical properties involved here?
Answer by Al Bart
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