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Consciousness and the Probability of Being 1 edition

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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.

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Consciousness and the Probability of Being
The Origin of the Particular "I"

Published March 1, 2005 by Stochastic Books .
Written in English.

First Sentence

If a man gains consciousness on an isolated beach and looks back over his shoulder to discover that his footprints in the sand lead back through the surf into the sea, he must conclude that somehow he exited that body of water.

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8.2 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
11.2 ounces

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