Thursday April 13th 2017Tim
There are two
sides to the argument. On the one side there are those
who will say the experience of consciousness is not very
useful in the task of indentifying what consciousness
is, where it might lie and what it might be. On the
other side there are those who basically say that what
consciousness is, outside the experience of it, hasn't
yet been discovered. And always worth while to remember
that we in our species are primarily Tool Makers, which
means that if we can get something or someone else to do
it for us we will and in the process we stumble upon new
things, with new possibilities, some of them useful.
By any measure
consciousness, whether or not we know what it is, is useful.
And the idea that our species has a monopoly on
consciousness, is absurd. We have what we have, it's
configured the way is in us and much as we might like to we
can't do much about it. Same for a Cat, an Elephant or a
Blue Green Algae. But there's one thing for certain, when
you have to wait until around noon to realize that today is
not Sunday, you begin to understand that consciousness might
not be as bright eyed and perky as it's cracked up to be.
It's ability to be useful is very dependant upon pretty much
everything else that's contained within a self.
Alternatively, the end times for me might be closer than I