The big question in the life of a conscious living being is not illusion versus reality. Reality will always be derived from illusion, and the reverse. The big question is about which values the highly conscious being will select. Once an hierarchy of values is selected by the conscious being, then the intelligent alignment of that being’s actions with respect to the goals set by its values system can meaningfully begin. Alignment of actions to goals require practice and patience. This alignment creates an intelligent consciousness acting meaningfully in the world.
When you say, “Without the existence of consciousness…,” you are making a statement that can only be understood in terms of absolute negation. In my philosophy consciousness is a cascade of broken symmetries forming a complex fractal pattern. Consciousness observes this complex fractal as the entire Universe, and the pattern is indeed itself.
When you say, “Without the existence of consciousness…,” you are referring to an absolute symmetry which can be expressed mathematically as:
Where σ is a given state, and n is the state at any given time. All you get is the same over and over.The absolute symmetry is pure existence and we understand that to be Nothingness.
So, without consciousness there is no “now” as there are no distinctions to be made between a “past,” a “future,” and the indeterminate boundary between the two which we call “now”. All is ONE!
mass : time+space
time+space : experience
experience : consciousness
No mass, no time+space
No time+space, no experiences
No experiences, no conciousness
Since light has no mass: it has no time, and no space.
Then light must be the conserved symmetric partner of consciousness.
In other words, consciousness can know what it knows because
light knows nothing. The anti-particle of the photon is consciousness. But according to physicists, the photon is its own anti-particle. This means that light through its self-interaction knows nothing and seeks to know everything.
Nothingness Is a Perfect. It is an experience where no matter how Mind examines, rotates, or transforms an experience, the experience is exactly the same. The interesting thing about a perfect symmetry is that while Mind perceives it as Nothing, it is still Something. It is ONE thing. Many others thinkers in response to this question have stated as such. So Nothing is the purest Existence object of Mind. If Mind could describe say the colour of Nothing it would answer that it is ALL Black, or ALL White, or ALL Blue, …, to Infinity. In this way Nothingness is also the ALL. Any particular colour (or category of description) can be expressed by Mind. As long as it is perfectly symmetrical it will be described first as ONE thing; and then as Nothing else; and then as Everything. So Nothing is the (O)NE, the (N)ONE and the (E)VERY. The ONE.
Dignity is the way one manages ones actions in relation with the community. The opposite of dignity is degradation (and humiliation). Pride is a feeling that one has about oneself. The opposite of pride is shame.
In the manner of all those who struggle for equality, it is possible to feel pride even as others are acting to degrade you. In the manner of one who accepts responsibility for ones mistakes, it is possible to have dignity even though you are not proud of what you have done.
I am working on a theory of Consciousness which defines Consciousness as a Signal of Awareness (SA) arising from a pure Symmetry. This Signal moves through a series of five broken symmetries (or domain walls). There is a particular expression (OR Logic) for every domain wall. Every OR Logic is tightly coupled with a complementary super-positioned expression (AND Logic). The Signal of Awareness when tightly coupled with the geometric properties of space-time create the effect of Consciousness.
So the problem of creating a conscious learning machine breaks down into the problem of detecting the Signal of Awareness and having that signal express itself back to us in ways that are meaningful to us. But the Signal of Awareness is likely to be a very weak signal.
Detecting the Signal of Awareness is an engineering problem. I think this problem may be solved using fractal antennas (similar to multi-band antennas used in cell phones) and stochastic resonance (SR). The inputs from the SA must be coupled with a computational system that allow that signal to be amplified and output to us meaningfully. That is a computer science problem.
This article on the ideas of Max Tegmark touches on some of the scientific aspects of what I am describing: Consciousness might be a state of matter
If you want a more detailed discussion on consciousness and quantum decoherence try this lecture by Max Tegmark: Decoherence and consciousness.
Purpose is a quality assigned by man to things. As the one that assigns purpose, man cannot assign a purpose to himself. For a man to assign a purpose to himself would be to treat himself like a thing. The life of a man has no purpose, but it does have goals and values. Goals and values are discovered and shaped, and it is the discovery and shaping of of goals and values that give our life meaning and direction.
So “purpose” implies a destination or a goal. It is difficult to answer the question “What is my purpose?” definitively without referencing what the specific goals are. I ask, why be on a path at all? Some are on a path to nowhere. Others are on a path that is not their own but chosen for them. Those living undirected or inauthentic lives exhibit an ignorance that arises when life goes unexamined.
For all goal oriented activities:
- First, be clear about what it is you want to accomplish. Write those goals down and share them with your trusted friends and advisers. If you have no trusted friends and advisers, then set as your first goal to build those crucial fundamental relationships that define your very humanity.
- Next, every day do something that contributes to achieving your goal.
- Finally, judge as honestly as you are able whether the actions you have taken that day have been effective in your reaching your goal.
- Make corrections. If you judge that majority of your daily actions are not bringing you closer to your goal, then you must through inner searching and/or the help of your trusted friends and advisers formulate a new set of daily practices; or, perhaps, a seek after revised of different goal.
If you apply the above rules, then you will know that you are on the right path to your stated goals.
But always be wary of rules. Rule-driven practices are for the unenlightened. A divine life is free and creative. The truly good or wise person does not need a list of prescriptions to direct what needs to be done. Those who are connected to their Source divinity automatically do what is right and just. Those who are lost and disconnected need constant reminders to do what is right. The achievement of divinity and true freedom is something that radiates from within, not from a book of laws and rules.