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Consciousness and the Probability of Being 1 editions

Cover of: Consciousness and the Probability of Being | Wister Cordell Wright
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This book is an academic investigation into individual consciousness. It examines the final step from evolved, generic consciousness in Homo sapiens to a particular mind like your own. After locking the door against ubiquitous "watchmakers" and mounting an energetic offensive against the so-called origin view ("I am me because of my genes"), the author ultimately concludes that whether or not an initializing consciousness instantiates your first-person view at a particular time is an event that lies completely in the hands of irreducibly random chance. Interestingly, the adverb "irreducibly" legitimately opens the scientific door to some fascinating metaphysical questions. For example, if your particular first-person view is here for irreducibly random reasons, then you are academically permitted to ask, "Why can't I appear again (in the future) the same way I appeared this time?" The author claims that such an appearance violates no natural or materialistic laws and may indeed be possible with a few firm, probabilistic qualifications.

1 edition First published in 2005

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Cover of: Consciousness and the Probability of Being
March 1, 2005, Stochastic Books
Consciousness and the Probability of Being
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