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Mon May 12, 2014, 05:35 PM

53. I think its better to say "construct" rather than illusion...

 

similar to how I mentioned the construction of continuity, in other words, our memories of our past selves as children lead to us, we were different people, but our consciousness kinda makes us think we weren't.

Also, just a note, our brain is very, modular? Not sure of the right terminology, there are physical sections of the brain that are largely responsible for very specific types of cognitive processing. For example, damage to a small area of the brain, or it failing to develop at all can lead a person to not be able to recognize any face of anyone, ever. So it is actually surprising, if you think about it, that consciousness itself doesn't have its own section of the brain that it is responsible for.

Of course, we are getting into theory of mind territory here, and I don't know if I'm ready for my mind to melt yet, or perhaps I am.

I think what you are saying is that our consciousness is all of the above, its what collates everything our brains do to make us, us. If that makes sense.

I would go further and say that, in social animals, particularly mammals and birds, consciousness was heavily selected for, a sense of distinction between self and other is necessary in complex social groups, whether a troop of chimpanzees, a murder of crows, a herd of elephants, or human society, is very beneficial for the survival of that species.

I think language fails us when it comes to "free will" I agree its largely a, I will term it construct, rather than a reality, but that's probably the result of the definition that fails. We still have a will, so to speak, we still can make some decisions, or at least influence them, in a conscious way, we are simply limited in how to do so. This means it isn't free, but we aren't complete slaves either, I don't think. This can be both due to biology and nurturing, its cautious territory to delve in to, and very perilous.

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