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    Re: What conditions do you think are required for the existence of consciousness?

    I was semi-conscious after I read the thread

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    Re: What conditions do you think are required for the existence of consciousness?

    Self Awareness
    Autonomous thought
    ability to learn from realtime experience

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    Re: What conditions do you think are required for the existence of consciousness?

    If you really want to know then read "The Cosmic Doctrine" by Dion Fortune.
    It deals with the very beginning of the Cosmos up to the present. Depending on your ability to understand abstract concepts you may need to read it many times before it "sinks in".

    Or the simple answer is "that would be an ecumenical matter". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvvwNR3vF44

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    Re: What conditions do you think are required for the existence of consciousness?

    You only must pay attention to yourself and ask yourself a single question "What is my true deepest nature?" or "Who am I?" If you find an answer on this single question, all other questions will dissappear.

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    Re: What conditions do you think are required for the existence of consciousness?

    Self awareness. Being aware of one's self, one's environment and one's interactions with it.

    I don't think computers will ever be conscious or self aware but I do believe that they will mimic it with increasing sophistication over time.

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    Re: What conditions do you think are required for the existence of consciousness?

    My understanding of consciousness has been that it is a biochemical phenomenon, harnessing the flow of energy from order to disorder ("Entropy", the second law of thermodynamics: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_...Thermodynamics) in the way a waterwheel might harness the flow of a river. That this flow of energy is the cause of phenomena is inevitable, as all phenomena are the products of change. Sentience, being one of those phenomena, might also be regarded as an eventuality I suppose.

    Better explanations might be found here:

    (episode 1 in both cases) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonders..._is_Life.3F.22 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonders..._.22Destiny.22

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vijnana#Pali_literature
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    Re: What conditions do you think are required for the existence of consciousness?

    Consciousness as we know it?: Life, self-awareness and some degree of intelligence, IMO.

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    Re: What conditions do you think are required for the existence of consciousness?

    Quote Originally Posted by odiseo77 View Post
    Consciousness as we know it?: Life, self-awareness and some degree of intelligence, IMO.

    Aren't those things (at least the latter two) products _of_ consciousness?
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    Re: What conditions do you think are required for the existence of consciousness?

    Quote Originally Posted by uc50_ic4more View Post
    Aren't those things (at least the latter two) products _of_ consciousness?
    Hard to tell. Maybe they're all products of each other (excluding life, which is the cause or origin of all those, instead of a product of theirs).

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