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Physical structure is consciousness

Our first assumption is based on the recognition that conscious states are mirrored by physical structures in the brain and body. Transformations of consciousness appear to be transformations of physical structure. The evidence for this while far from conclusive is growing rapidly. We are able to measure the functioning brain in ever greater detail and to compare what we observe with reports of internal state.

Another motivation for our first assumption is the continuous spectrum of conscious experience. There are no boundaries where human consciousness begins and ends. Consciousness grows as an embryo develops into a baby and adult. Consciousness fades as an adult mind slowly disappears from Alzheimer's disease. It is the development or degeneration of the physical brain that embodies these changes in consciousness,

The simplest assumption is not that consciousness arises from physical structure. That creates an unnecessary duality. We assume the essence and totality of the existence of a physical structure is conscious experience. Space-time does not exist in space-time. It exists in consciousness. All matter is soul stuff. The dust we come from and return to is a simpler form of consciousness reflected in its simpler structure. Many spiritual traditions see consciousness as universal. Equating the existence of physical structure to consciousness is more novel.


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