All this is explained in my book on Reality available on Amazon. The key
insight to several of your questions is covered in Part IV: Mind and Reality.
Basically the world we think we live in with shapes, colors, flavors and
feelings etc. (various types of qualia) is actually a model of the actual
external reality constructed in our minds. The actual external reality has none
of these qualia and consists of evolving information only. When what mind adds
to its internal model of reality is identified and subtracted all that remains
is discovered to be an evolving information structure and thus that is the
actual nature of external reality.
When this is understood the answers to most of your 5 points becomes clear. As
to the nature of consciousness, the so called 'Hard Problem' there is a
straightforward answer to that given also. I won't cover it in detail right now
but basically it has to do with a deeper understanding of reality and how it
self-manifests as opposed to waiting passively to be made conscious.
The modern misunderstanding of consciousness, that it's something that arises
in human brains, can be compared to the ancient theory of vision in which it
was mistakenly thought that vision involved the eyes shining light on external
objects. That erroneous model still exists with respect to consciousness in
which it is mistakenly thought that consciousness consists of brains shining
consciousness on external objects.
The truth in both cases is that it is external reality that produces both light
and the actual real presence of things in the present moment and both vision
and consciousness are simply opening and participating in this
self-manifestation of reality by an observer who then interprets the
information content according to his own nature.
I can explain further if anyone is interested, or you can read my book which
covers Mind and Reality and explains what Consciousness is quite thoroughly.
On Dec 21, 2013, at 10:14 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
> For me, the critical issue for accounting for everything under a single
> reality theory is what I call the Presentation Problem. In simple terms,
> there is no logical reason for the logical universe to produce shapes,
> colors, flavors, or feelings of any kind when we already know that
> information processing can occur using only quantitatively formatted signals.
> I include under the Presentation Problem five well known or easily observed
> 1. Hard Problem = Why is X presented as an experience?
> (X = “information”, logical or physical functions, calcium waves, action
> potentials, Bayesian integrations, etc.)
> 2. Explanatory Gap = How and where is presentation accomplished with respect
> to X?
> 3. Binding Problem = How are presented experiences segregated and combined
> with each other? How do presentations cohere?
> 4. Symbol Grounding = How are experiences associated with each other on
> multiple levels of presentation? How do presentations adhere?
> 5. Mind Body Problem = Why do public facing presences and private facing
> presences seem ontologically exclusive and aesthetically opposite to each
> Without tying all of these together in a plausible way, I don't see anything
> to recommend computation over physics or mythology or any other creation
> schema that can be supported.
> On Friday, December 20, 2013 6:52:54 PM UTC-5, Edgar L. Owen wrote:
> The fundamental nature of reality is examined in detail in my recent book on
> Reality available on Amazon under my name.
> Marchal is on the right track, but reality consists not just of numbers
> (math) but is a running logical structure analogous to software that
> continually computes the current state of the universe. Just as software
> includes but doesn't consist only of numbers and math, so does reality. In
> fact the equations of physical science make sense only when embedded in a
> logical structure just as is the case in computational reality.
> Modern science has a major lacuna, the notion that all of reality is
> mathematical, that prevents science from grasping the complete nature of
> reality. In truth all of reality is logical, as is software, and the
> mathematics is just a subset of the logic. After all, modern science with its
> misguided insistence that all of reality is mathematical, has had nothing
> useful to say about the nature of either consciousness or the present moment,
> the two most fundamental aspects of experience. However I present a
> computational based information approach to these in my book among many other
> The second clarification that needs to be made to the post on Marchal's work
> is that human math and logic are distinct from the actual math and logic that
> computes reality. The human version is a generalized and extended
> approximation of the actual that differs from the actual logico-mathematical
> structure of reality in important ways (e.g. infinities and infinitesimals
> which don't actually exist in external reality).
> I can explain further if anyone is interested, or you can read about it in my
> Edgar Owen
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