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Levels of consciousness

Once we recognize the continuity of consciousness from the human mind to the simplest physical structure there is no need to assume anything but structured conscious experience exists. One can raise many questions about and objections to this assumption. We lay the ground work for the assumption in Chapter 3. We develop the assumption and deal with some possible objections in Chapter 4.

This assumption connects the abstract structure of science with meaning. Physical structures that are painful have negative value and those that are joyful have positive value. (We are talking about intrinsic value. Any experience can be positive because of what it leads to or how it helps someone change.)

The connection becomes nontrivial when we focus on the evolution of structure and thus the evolution of consciousness. One can apply mathematics to questions about the evolution of physical structure in a way that leads to conclusions about the evolution of consciousness. This suggests that human consciousness is an an infinitesimal fragment what may be.

Historically we have seen ourselves as the center of the universe and the center of creation. Science has repeatedly dethroned us from such positions. We may be at the leading edge of evolution on one small planet, but we are not its end point or ultimate achievement. We. like the life we have evolved from, are a stepping stone to an ever expanding consciousness.


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