This is a rudimentary guide to the mystery of consciousness.
We must start from panpsychism because this is the most common-sense explanation and also the oldest philosophical theory that has been ascribed to philosophers like Thales, Plato, Spinoza, Leibniz, William James, Alfred Whitehead, Bertrand Russell, etc.
Panpsychism states that the whole universe is conscious and therefore every ‘thing’ has a given level of consciousness.
The level of consciousness of every ‘thing’ is determined by its ability to experience or sense the environment.
At the most rudimentary level of consciousness we have the smallest subatomic particles in the universe at the quantum level like quarks, neutrinos, etc. Their level of consciousness has been fixed by their given structure which follows predetermined laws of physics and mathematics.
As the complexity of the given structure of matter increases, so does its consciousness.
When inorganic matter acquired greater complexity and became organic, its ability to experience the environment increased exponentially and so did its consciousness.
During billions of years of evolution, organic matter was exposed to such a vast array of experiences achieving a much higher level of consciousness that gave rise to the emergence of the mind and self consciousness.
This means that the mind is a consequence of consciousness and not, as most people think, that consciousness is a consequence of the mind.
As the complexity of the mind increased through millions of years of further evolution, a new species emerged, namely, the Homo Sapiens.
Here is where the complexity of consciousness becomes infinite and beyond comprehension.
What was the process that lead the very first human mind to think about immortality?
JC Wandemberg Ph.D.
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About the author: Dr. Wandemberg is an international consultant, professor, and analyst of economic, environmental, social, managerial, marketing, and political issues. For the past 30 years Dr. Wandemberg has collaborated with corporations, communities, and organizations to integrate sustainability through self-transformation processes and Open Systems Design Principles, thus, catalyzing a Culture of Trust, Transparency, and Integrity.