The Composition |
he proper definition of consciousness in a fully
developed entity is the focus of the mind's
This may be understood by analogy with audio
speakers. By adjusting the balance, the apparent
source of the sound moves between two speakers.
Let the speakers be increased in number and
replaced by activated percepts or 'concepts' (to be
further discussed). Consciousness is the focus of
all of these in the same manner but in an imaginary
The sensation of consciousness is logically
congruent with the material of the brain but is not
itself that material.
To understand this let a brain be flattened on an
extremely large smooth surface with all connections
intact so that the individuals brain cells and
connections can be enlarged.
Replace every cell
with some logically equivalent mechanical device
(something somewhat more complicated than mouse
traps with strings). Assuming a mechanical voice and ear
analog have also been constructed, will it be
possible to converse with the machine?
The answer must be yes for if no, at what point in
the replacement procedure is consciousness lost?
At no time was any substantial change made. The
constructive substance is always the same (matter).
Consciousness is the embodiment of the percept
'self' (as the activity of the brain).
Other such embodiments are color, taste. smell.
etc.. Clearly, the detection of a certain
wavelength of light must appear to the self in some
form. Any form whatsoever is possible that is
consistent with quantitive material data.
What appears 'red' to one observer may appear
altogether different to another but both will call
it red having learned to do so by mutual agreement.
Such qualities 'exist' in compliance with the
general law of existence which requires form.
Therefore, the 'form' of a photon is wavelength
while the 'form of the perception of wavelength is
The qualities of sensation in any being are
constrained in two ways. They must be internally
consistent as well as quantitively consistent with