This is the forum for all who are interested in the theory of what may happen to consciousness at the point of death as explained in the books 'Is There Life After Death - The Extraordinary Science Of What Happens When You Die' and The Daemon.
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Nebankh wrote:I suppose it depends on whether we're referring to consciousness as awareness of anything at all, and not counting awareness of self. A sperm must have the lowest form of consciousness, and I wouldn't suggest it is aware of its single purpose in existence, but what animates the sperm is the essence of the life force, which in my understanding is consciousness, therefore, I would say that a sperm has consciousness (but not as we know it Jim). But at this point, its consciousness would probably be inferior to even a plant...
Nebankh wrote:I have no idea at what point each of the sensory faculties develop sufficiently for them to be of any use, and for the brain to recognise any use by any of the faculties. But we do know that babies in the womb are said to experience the emotions of the mother such as shock or trauma etc (I haven't read about this in any detail) though from what age I don't know, and if this is earlier than any sensory awareness. Might emotional awareness be considered a higher level of consciousness than sensory awareness - or even the beginning of consciousness for someone who doesn't accept a sperm as conscious?
Nebankh wrote:I've spent too many years discussing these kind of things with diverse people from so many different backgrounds, and with widely differing views, so please excuse the level of my debate!
woodsprite wrote:Just a couple of thoughts before I rush off to work:
woodsprite wrote:a) is consciousness self-awareness? If so are we saying people with very profound disabilities are not conscious? In my opinion they are but what do you think?
woodsprite wrote:b) are animals conscious?
woodsprite wrote:c) is consciousness synonymous with sentience?
aloha_gary wrote:Based on my experiences and awareness, consciousness cannot be a 'when' because consciousness IS.
aloha_gary wrote:All things are sentient to varying degrees, including bacteria, even if we say they are 'only' genetically programmed to behave as they do, this is still action arising from some pre-prepared plan of the DNA. And in fact when you consider Dr Bruce Liptons work demonstrating that DNA is not fixed but changed by environment including thoughts and beliefs, then the formation of constantly changing DNA patterns must demonstrate intelligence in all cell based life forms. Both the sperm and the egg are made up of the parent bodies' DNA which is based on their own DNA modifications (based on their life experiences and environments) which have added to their parents and ancestors DNA.
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