Which of these theories of Consciousness seems more reasonable to you?

(1)Consciousness is basically a fluke of evolution that came into being at some point in the evolution of life on Earth when some organism evolved the ability to be "aware" and thereby gained distinct survival advantages.

(2) Consciousness is such an utterly amazing phenomenon ( the universe becoming 'aware' of itself) that it is almost inconceiveable that it is just a fluke of evolution. If not for this 'fluke' would the entire drama of the universe have been played out before empty benches? More likely Consciousness is woven into the fabric of the universe itself in some fundamental way.


Tommy: I agree with your comment about the connection between consciousness and life, and that science has no true definition of either. I think one day they will be revealed to be one and the same thing.

Update 2:

WillRogers: Can you recommend some good readings on sufism? (I'd be interested to learn more)

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  • Tommy
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    I am a Christian, a theist who believes in one creator God. Having said that, I must tell you that I do not see any theory.

    In general words are nothing but labels concerning an idea or concept. Words in turn may be more or less emotionally loaded. What you have here is the word consciousness defined with the synonym awareness; but no theory.

    To have a theory you must have a principal somewhere;or at least a conjecture as to how consciousness might be explained. Sadly, the concepts of evolution and/or creation do not really set forth a workable principle.

    Let me see if I can explain. One cannot consider awareness or consciousness without considering the word life in the mix.

    Science has not defined life and hardly defined death. To my knowledge the only commonly accepted definition of

    of death is the medical one: "The cessation of biological function."

    You can work at the alternatives to the above. Figuring out what came before awareness is like postulating what came before the so-called big bang. Even a Christian cannot say much more than --- "In the beginning God...".

    Source(s): Bible, KJV
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    1 decade ago


  • 1 decade ago

    Well, if life itself is some chemical/electical combination fluke, I guess the answer would be number 1.

    If consciousness transcends life, that would be amazing! However, I do believe it is quite possible that the entire drama of the universe is being played out before empty benches.

    Is it, like, important to have an audience all the time or something?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    1. Science does not say "its a fluke of evolution". Science does not say it was "random chance". Go learn what it actually says before you seem even stupider.

    2. Consciousness existing is NOT NOT NOT NOT evidence of any god.

    You're so desperate, you're pulling anything you can out to try to prove that your religion is the right one and it isn't working.

    Get an education. And I mean a real education. Don't just read a single biology book and figure you understand enough to know what science is talking about. I spent years studying it in university, so I DO understand it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Both have merit. The term consciousness, if applied to intelligence or "cleverness" or "quickness of mind," would fit the first description. But consciousness seems to mean more than the survival-value aspects, and therefore seems to be more appropriate to the second approach.

    I see the human mind as distinct from, but related to, the human soul. Both are involved in consciousness.

  • 4 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Nr 1 belongs to consciousness as being just the superficial part of awareness.

    Nr 2 belongs to awareness, which is beyond cconscious and unconscious

  • 1 decade ago

    How about 3. God instilled a consciousness in us.

  • 1 decade ago

    Number #2

    That is an utterly beautiful rendition of what "Truth" is!

    "Wisdom", is alive and well in the world!

    The information that you requested has been sent.

    Source(s): so says a small insignificant Sufi student.....
  • 1 decade ago

    2 sounds realy good to me

    Source(s): my opinion
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