Consciousness began when "I" became conscious. But here I take into
account that at the very beginning of "my" consciousness, "my" identity
was almost undefined, so "I" refers to pretty much all conscious
The notion of a personal identity is not a fundamental concept,
consciousness exists independent of it. A subjective experience of a
personal identity may be contained in a conscious experience, but this
isn't necessary, and it may not correspond to a notion of identity based
When I was born and before I knew that I lived in the late 1900s, the
consciousness I experienced corresponded to a very large ensemble of
babies, some of them would find themselves up on Earth as it existed
hundreds of years ago, some in the far future. Before I knew that
dinosaurs had ever existed, I was also a creature very similar to us
here on Earth on a planet where dinosaurs had never existed.
On 11-02-2019 00:34, Philip Thrift wrote:
Two recent books:
The First Minds: Caterpillars, Karyotes, and Consciousness
Arthur S. Reber
Brain-Mind: From Neurons to Consciousness and Creativity
When Did Consciousness Begin?
Thagard's 10 hypotheses:
1. Consciousness has always existed, because God is conscious and
2. Consciousness began when the universe formed, around 13.7 billion
3. Consciousness began with single-celled life, around 3.7 billion
years ago (Reber).
4. Consciousness began with multicellular plants, around 850 million
5. Consciousness began when animals such as jellyfish got thousands of
neurons, around 580 million years ago.
6. Consciousness began when insects and fish developed larger brains
with about a million neurons (honeybees) or 10 million neurons
(zebrafish) around 560 million years ago.
7. Consciousness began when animals such as birds and mammals
developed much larger brains with hundreds of millions neurons, around
200 million years ago. [Thagard]
8. Consciousness began with humans, homo sapiens, around 200,000 years
9. Consciousness began when human culture became advanced, around 3000
years ago (Julian Jaynes).
10. Consciousness does not exist, as it is just a scientific mistake
(behaviorism} or a “user illusion” (Daniel Dennett).
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