David Chalmers and the hard problem of consciousness Mar 10, 2020 12:25:47 GMT Henrik likes this
Post by Stranger2 on Mar 10, 2020 12:25:47 GMT
It's funny that the modern science and philosophy only recently re-discovered what Buddhists knew for millennia:
Padmasambhava: Self Liberation through Seeing with Naked Awareness
The bottom-line is very simple: consciousness is fundamental and irreducible to matter, in other words, it can not be a by-product of any material structures or processes. The argument is pretty simple. Assume that the world is only material. That means we are simply a biological robots with our brains being bio-computers. Can any material computer have conscious experience, the experience of qualia? Obviously not, there is no way. If we make an electronic computer by exactly reproducing every neuron and synaptic connection of our brain with electrical circuits, then the functioning of this computer will be not different form the functioning of the brain. How can such computer have conscious experience of qualia? It's just clearly not possible. Therefore, the qualia are irreducible to matter. Wihich means that the nature of consciousness is fundamental.
So now, what we know from our direct conscious experience is that consciousness is definitely exists. But we can never know if matter exists, matter always remains an unprovable hypothesis. So now, using the principle of the Occam razor, why do we even need the hypothesis of the existence of matter? What if we can explain all physics without even referring to matter? In fact, such explanations already exist and being further developed at Stanford University, see the works of Donald Hoffman in the parallel thread and the Information-Theoretic Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics . The Information-Theoretic Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics assumes that the equations of quantum mechanics describe only the flow of information, not the behavior of material particles/waves. Amazingly, such interpretation removes all of the notorious paradoxes of quantum mechanics. But this interpretation does not ask the question: where this flow of information occurs, if we do not assume the existence of matter? Obviously, it occurs in consciousness! So, Information-Theoretic Interpretation aligns nicely with the view that consciousness is all that exists.
Also, materialistic interpretations of quantum mechanics over the last years faced very challenging findings and paradoxes. The phenomenon of quantum entanglement contradicts to the principle of locality and causality. Recently, it was also experimentally found that quantum entanglement leads to violation of the principle of observer-independence (in other words, there is no such thing as an objective reality on the quantum level).