The Nature of Consciousness, the Universe and Everything

An inquiry into emergent consciousness from microbe to humans and beyond

by Alex Milov






The Beginnings of Consciousness


Consciousness is a naturally emergent process.  It emerges from the associations between the elements of nature.  So to understand consciousness we must understand the associations of natural systems.  There is no better place to start than to recognize that nature is extremely intelligent and supremely efficient at maximizing opportunities for survival.  Traits, such as consciousness, get advanced by nature precisely because of, and only to the extent doing so increases survival.

Now a precise definition of the word "consciousness" is hard to pin down.  The word most often used as a synonym for the word consciousness is the word "awareness."  However, these two words are not equivalent.  To be aware is somehow more basic than to be conscious.  Someone might consider a thermostat aware of room temperature, but few would say a thermostat is conscious of anything.........




The Nature of Consciousness, the Universe and Everything

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