Comment on Does Consciousness Depend on the Brain?

BenRayfield Sun, Mar 13, 2011
Science has proven that space, time, mass, and energy are different ways of viewing the same thing. They are not converted to each other. They are the same kind of thing.

Materialism is the theory that space, time, mass, energy, and consciousness are different ways of viewing the same thing. They are not converted to each other. They are the same kind of thing.

Dualism is the theory that space, time, mass, and energy and consciousness can interact but can never be converted to each other.

There is no contradiction between materialism and telepathy, telekinesis, out of body experiences, or other things people tend to think of as magic. There is no contradiction because it would simply mean there is a way it works and is interchangeable with space, time, mass, and energy but we do not understand that part of the universe yet.

I like how this quote from The Matrix explains it, as Neo is trying to mentally bend a spoon:
Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth.
What truth?
There is no spoon.
Then you'll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

Most people do not understand that quote is about the specific way the theory of materialism is true. I am my body, and I am also the spoon, and in the right state of mind I could choose to instead be a fork, but I've never been that skilled at it. In the many times I've moved or bent small things with my mind, that is the way it feels, like a part of my body. If something touches the target object (or spoon), I feel it. Sometimes the target object changes into something similar, like a printed page of text loses a page number and later it has it again. Many people think Jesus used his consciousness to change water into wine, and I don't know if he did, but I know it can be done, and if he did then he's simply a lot more skilled at it than we are. I guess he would say it as "there is no water" (instead of spoon). While I've never done it with a spoon (aluminum foil, volleyball, paper, lightning, etc), in general I know from experience there is no spoon.

I think the transmission and production theories are both true. Sometimes consciousness is between a body and other things outside it. Sometimes consciousness is created or destroyed like particle and antiparticle split from nothing. There is also consciousness in the brain without any of that stuff. Its everywhere and everything, but we are mostly individuals because the statistical patterns of information flow tend to be localized around each body.

If we would start thinking about consciousness in terms of physics and how things work, instead of believing in magic, then we would figure it out.