On Wed, Sep 26, 2012  Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Consciousness is easy if you already have consciousness. It is impossible
> if you don't.

But you believe in "panexperientialism", you believe that everything is
conscious, so if you are correct then consciousness is not only possible
it's easy. QED.

> Everything assumes that consciousness exists as a possibility in the
> universe

It's not a assumption it's a fact that for consciousness to exist there
must have been a time when the possibility of the existence of
consciousness existed. In a similar way some religious types have
criticized Krauss's book "A Universe From Nothing" because it's not really
nothing, its just from very very little because Krauss had to start from a
place where there was at least the potential for something, and they insist
that very potential is something. Apparently those same religious types
don't consider God to be something, and for once I agree with them.

> prior to the existence of the universe

It's not clear what that means. Without the universe you can't have time
because time involves change and if nothing exists then nothing changes;
and without time the word "prior" has no meaning.

  John K Clark

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