What about … #38

Hello everyone, today I’ll do my best to explain the properties of consciousness – according to me.

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Seeing is Believing

Conscious thought and fuzzy reality
From which I’ll borrow some sentences.

I’ve read both of them several times to get a full understanding on the topic (I know, I’m not really smart).

To begin with, what it is to be conscious?

The state of being aware of and responsive to one’s surroundings.
Human beings and animals are among very few things which are responsive to one’s surroundings. We could say that automatic doors are responsive, car alarms as well, but we can’t call that consciousness can we? Sensors were built just to detect “anomalies”, while animals are responsive according to the degree of their intelligence, for instance you can’t pretend to find a bird saying to himself “No I won’t go near that cheese because it’s a mouse trap!” but you may see it in monkeys maybe.

Early ideas of consciousness can be traced very far back in history; it is a very human question to ponder. It is one that has troubled the minds of great thinkers for a very long time. Descartes was convinced that the human body and human consciousness were two separable items; the first a material body the second an immaterial item (if an item can indeed ever be immaterial).

Now for there first part to understand consciousness, we need to look into the non-observable domain. We’re aware that everything in the universe is made of electron, protons and neutrons but that’s not all, there are tinier things called quarks and even more tiny called bosons, unfortunately in science proof is very important, to call “it” a fact otherwise it will be just a theory.

Well, the most pertinent school of thought in philosophy of science is called Entity Realism. We cannot see quarks directly however what we can see is the effects they have on larger entities. The proponent of Entity Realism, Ian Hacking, reasons along these lines. He argues that we understand the properties of the electrons and even though we cannot see them we can change variables in the system to manipulate their behaviour in order to produce effects on larger observables which we can can see. Now this manipulation of the unobservable entities and their produced effects is though to be proof enough of their existence. As long as we can manipulate and intervene on scientific entities in a laboratory to create phenomena we expect, we are justified to believe in their existence as the causal entities at work in the observed effects.

That’s the problem why lots of scientists are atheists, if they can’t “manipulate” God or can’t see some proof of him, than he doesn’t exist. The answer lies here: We cannot see quarks directly however what we can see is the effects they have on larger entities.

Actually we can see the effects God has on small and large entities.

The Thunder 13 3-4

And it is He who spread the earth, and placed in it mountains and rivers. And He placed in it two kinds of every fruit. He causes the night to overlap the day. In that are signs for people who reflect. On earth are adjacent terrains, and gardens of vines, and crops, and date-palms, from the same root or from distinct roots, irrigated with the same water. We make some taste better than others. In that are proofs for people who reason.

The Bees 16 11-17

And He produces for you grains with it, and olives, and date-palms, and grapes, and all kinds of fruits. Surely in that is a sign for people who think. And He regulated for you the night and the day; and the sun, and the moon, and the stars are disposed by His command. Surely in that are signs for people who ponder.

And whatsoever He created for you on earth is of diverse colors. Surely in that is a sign for people who are mindful. And it is He who made the sea to serve you, that you may eat from it tender meat, and extract from it ornaments that you wear. And you see the ships plowing through it, as you seek His bounties, so that you may give thanks. And he cast mountains on the earth, lest it shifts with you; and rivers, and roads, so that you may be guided. And landmarks. And by the stars they guide themselves. Is He who creates like him who does not create? Will you not take a lesson?

The winds that scatter 51 20-25

And of His signs is that He created you from dust; and behold, you become humans spreading out. And of His signs is that He created for you mates from among yourselves, so that you may find tranquility in them; and He planted love and compassion between you. In this are signs for people who reflect. And of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the diversity of your languages and colors. In this are signs for those who know. And of His signs are your sleep by night and day, and your pursuit of His bounty. In this are signs for people who listen. And of His signs is that He shows you the lightning, causing fear and hope. And He brings down water from the sky, and with it He revives the earth after it was dead. In this are signs for people who understand. And of His signs is that the heaven and the earth stand at His disposal. And then, when He calls you out of the earth, you will emerge at once.
The question is: why should the independent existence of objects rely on what we can see with our tiny eyeballs or what we can manipulate with our level of technology. If our technology so increases to be able to manipulate a quark, was the quark non-existent before? I think not. This reminds me of a similar philosophical line which equally gets on my grind ‘if a tree falls in a forest and no-one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound?’ Of course it does, unless you believe the laws of nature are entirely dependent upon the perception of a particular species living on one planet.

Now to get back on the topic, is there a specific location for consciousness ? Some people believe that it is stored in the brain “The consensus is that consciousness comes from the brain” but they haven’t found real evidence of it. Well someone I know thinks that it is a part of our soul (Personally I think that’s the best theory so far). I know that some people don’t believe in spirits or souls but fortunately most of us do. Each and everyone of us has a soul with which he lives till he dies, that is what the Bible says in :

Matthew 10:28

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Ecclesiastes 12:7

And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Genesis 2:7

Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

And the Quran:

The Groups 39: 42

God takes the souls at the time of their death, and those that die not during their sleep; then He withholds those on whom He has passed the decree of death and sends the others back till an appointed term; most surely there are signs in this for a people who reflect.

The Prostration 32: 7-9

(It is He) Who made good everything that He has created, and He began the creation of man from dust. Then He made his progeny of an extract of water held in light estimation. Then He made him complete and breathed into him of His spirit, and made for you the ears and the eyes and the hearts; little is it that you give thanks.

The Journey by Night 17: 85

And they ask you about the soul. Say: The soul is one of the commands of my Lord, and you are not given aught of knowledge but a little.

I think that the best approach is to say that our soul has a connection with our brain in an unknown way. Descartes said that the human body and human consciousness were two separable items, and that is precisely the thing.

Suggesting that perhaps what is responsible for our consciousness is processes which take place within neurons themselves rather than the interactions between neurons which is the conventional view.
Suggesting that the soul has connections with the brain in the quantum level, that may be the case. Now the brain will continue to run for 10 to 20 seconds after death but it remains conscious for about 3 minutes

eventually the activity will cease and the person will think no more; so what actually happens to it? If we are to take the approach that these things are stored via quantum mechanical processes then we must look to the idea that the information within the brain dissipates and is involved in irreversible reactions where it is lost from and the stored information is unwound into an unusable format

The fact that the brain remains conscious for 3 minutes makes me think that, that may be the time when we’ll be able to see our own life flashing before our eyes. Unfortunately we have very little knowledge about the soul but one thing for sure, the soul lives the body when the brain dies as well. That means that both are connected.

Some people asks themselves that if consciousness is in the quantum domain, are we real at all? aren’t we just a simulation?
That is a big question as well because some people believe that we’re not living our actual lives, this is just a memory. For example we’re already dead, we’re in our day of judgment and we’ve asked to be shown episodes of our lives for a reason or another – personally I don’t believe in this theory.

This author who has written lots of free downloadable scientific books, believe in it. According to him we could be living this life as if we were in a dream. Dreams are real when we’re dreaming them aren’t they? So for God, everything has already ended.


Because time does not exist in the sight of God, all things happen in a single moment, that is in the “present”. All events which we think of as past and future are present to God; in His sight everything is much more clear and vital than we can perceive. For example, at this moment Jonah (pbuh) is being cast into the sea as a result of the drawing of lots. At this moment Mary is speaking with Gabriel; Jesus (pbuh) is being born. At this moment Noah (pbuh) is driving the first nail into the ark and leaving the ark with his family at the place God chose for them.

This is just an extract of a book called Matter The Other Name for Illusion.

If some people don’t believe in something which can’t be proved, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. But God knows best.

What about… #17

There is so much disorder in our lives which turns our world into a very tight planet.

Issues absorbs our brain’s concern so that we are convinced that other’s problems are minor compared to ours. We are at the center of THE world, we don’t acknowledge  that we’re a mere invaluable fraction of Earth. What if earth could speak? What would she say? Are we doing the right thing for us and for our fellow humans? Our interest come first in every situation. We have to gain something from every opportunity. Is that the right thing to do? Probably yes, because opportunities are meant to be caught, otherwise why naming them opportunities, right? But, every opportunity isn’t one if we don’t make of it an opportunity. So what’s the point of speaking about it? It’s that what we believe to be opportunities are in fact co-incidents (read this post for more info) that our brain suggests as something valuable, not to miss. While if we look with our soul/consciousness, we’ll notice that the moment in question or the opportunity is nothing more than a lapse in time which doesn’t affect us unless we take advantage of it. The brain controls our actions, thoughts and deeds, while our soul keep an eye on us to help us achieve the best of our potential.

The world is big enough for everyone, there is no need for wars, disputes, jealousy… Thinking about other’s problems can help us be more altruistic and use the opportunities for the good of all the people around us.

What about… #13

What exactly is our ‘self‘?

This is a question which has been asked for millennia, many answers have been proposed but didn’t seem to satisfy the one who inquires. I’ve written two posts about it; Do we own a spirit and Is consciousness material or immaterial? If that isn’t enough, I’ll try my best to convince you about what I believe.

Every living creature has its outer shell and inner self; may this be a fly, a mosquito, a horse, a bunny or a human being. God gave us our inner self to help us, to guide us and to be a witness against our outer shell which is our body and brain. We are all made of two selves, either being aware of it or not.

The inner self is our conscious or soul if you’re a believer. No one hears that self, no one can witness it except the One who created it and our outer self. What we choose to show on the ouside is what others know us by. What the others define us to be; good, careful, cheap, cruel… we have chosen a character that suits us but not necessarily who we really are. But when we are alone and we don’t need to play the character anymore, we let our inner self take control.

Every human being is alike, it is a lie if someone tells you that it’s not true. We can’t let our conscious/soul be seen by anyone, it is as private as our own sins. Some people prefer to hide their tender heart showing only rudeness, being sure that they don’t care about “who ever it may be”, but as soon as he is alone he let his tears flow and anonymously he helps the person in need.

Our brain makes the decisions, works, speaks, thinks, makes us live our character… but our soul is the one who brings us back to the reality of this life when our brain stops to control us with the daily chores.

Some people say that they are searching for happiness, they will find it only when their soul/consciousness will be at ease. It is their own souls that are not happy, for some reason they’re not living what they are meant to live.

We will be what we were meant to be, when we’ll find happiness in our daily lives.

What is God’s relationship with you?

The question isn’t what is YOUR relationship with God but what is GOD’S relationship with you.

Do you even question yourself about it? Do you care?

Well, I do and I care, hence I question myself. Religious people tend to say “Yes I have a good relationship with God, I know that He’s there for me, I always ask God’s help whenever I need it….” that shows your side of the relationship but not His.

Most people nowadays forget that their life on earth is a provisory state of existence and that nothing belongs to us as God is the owner and creator of all. We merely borrow a piece of Earth to live on.
We must be grateful for what we have no matter the quantity.
There is no obligation that puts God in a state to grant you anything. If you have the car that you have is because God granted your wish to have a car. If you have that gorgeous outfit it isn’t thanks to your choosing skills but because God granted you the job that you have which allowed you to have that money with which you bought the outfit. The examples are countless.

Everything is connected. You lose your job, you lose all the opportunities with it. Don’t take everything for granted.
I’ve noticed that God granted me many blessings in my life for which I’m grateful. I know that I would never have had them if it wasn’t for His kindness toward me. I discovered that there is way for the human beings to make a bond with God. It is a connection that can be felt if you know how to find it. That makes you ponder on His relationship with you. He knows you more than anyone can, it is a reson for you to make a bond with Him.

God is providing us His attention everyday of our lives, the only thing He asks of us in return is to believe in Him. We can see that through History, and mentioned so many times in the Bible, Torah and Quran.
You might have heard this short story before, but I’m sure not this way, so read on:

Your Lord called to Moses, “Go to the tyrannical people. The people of Pharaoh. Will they not fear?”

He said, “My Lord, I fear they will reject me. And I become stressed, and my tongue is not fluent, so send Aaron too. And they have a charge against me, so I fear they will kill me.

God said, “No. Go, both of you, with Our proofs. We will be with you, listening. Go to Pharaoh, and say, ‘We are the Messengers of the Lord of the Worlds. Let the Children of Israel go with us.’“

Pharaoh said, “Did we not raise you among us as a child, and you stayed among us for many of your years? And you committed that deed you committed, and you were ungrateful.”
Moses said, “I did it then, when I was of those astray. And I fled from you when I feared you; but my Lord gave me wisdom, and made me one of the messengers. Is that the favor you taunt me with, although you have enslaved the Children of Israel?”
Pharaoh said, “And what is the Lord of the Worlds?”
He said, “The Lord of the heavens and the earth, and everything between them, if you are aware.”
Pharaoh said to those around him, “Do you not hear?”
He said, “Your Lord and the Lord of your ancestors of old.”
Pharaoh said, “This messenger of yours, who is sent to you, is crazy.”
He said, “Lord of the East and the West, and everything between them, if you understand.”
Pharaoh said, “If you accept any god other than me, I will make you a prisoner.”
He said, “What if I bring you something convincing?”
Pharaoh said, “Bring it, if you are being truthful.”
So Moses cast his staff; and it was a serpent, plain to see. And he pulled his hand; and it was white, for all to see.
Pharaoh said to the dignitaries around him, “This is a skilled magician. He intends to drive you out of your land with his magic, so what do you recommend?”
They said, “Delay him and his brother, and send recruiters to the cities. To bring you every experienced magician.”
So the magicians were gathered for the appointment on a specified day. And it was said to the people, “Are you all gathered? That we may follow the magicians, if they are the winners.”
When the magicians arrived, they said to Pharaoh, “Is there a reward for us, if we are the winners?”
Pharaoh said, “Yes, and you will be among those favored.”
Moses said to them, “Present what you intend to present.”
So they threw their ropes and their sticks, and said, “By the majesty of Pharaoh, we will be the winners.”
Then Moses threw his staff, and behold, it began swallowing their trickery. And the magicians fell down prostrating.
They said, “We have believed in the Lord of the Worlds. The Lord of Moses and Aaron.”
Pharaoh said, “Did you believe in Him before I have given you permission? He must be your chief, who taught you magic. You will soon know. I will cut off your hands and feet on opposite sides, and I will crucify you all.”
They said, “No problem. To our Lord we will return. We are eager for our Lord to forgive us our sins, since we are the first of the believers.”
And We inspired Moses: “Travel with My servants by night. You will be followed.”
Pharaoh sent heralds to the cities. “These are a small gang. And they are enraging us. But we are a vigilant multitude.”
So We drove them out of gardens and springs. And treasures and noble dwellings. So it was. And We made the Children of Israel inherit them. And they pursued them at sunrise. When the two groups sighted each other, the followers of Moses said, “We are being overtaken.”
Moses said, “No; my Lord is with me, He will guide me.”
We inspired Moses: “Strike the sea with your staff.” Whereupon it parted, and each part was like a huge hill. And there We brought the others near. And We saved Moses and those with him, all together. Then We drowned the others. In that there is a sign, but most of them are not believers.
Surely, your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful.

And relate to them the story of Abraham. When he said to his father and his people, “What do you worship?”
They said, “We worship idols, and we remain devoted to them.”
He said, “Do they hear you when you pray? Or do they benefit you, or harm you?”
They said, “But we found our ancestors doing so.”
He said, “Have you considered what you worship. You and your ancient ancestors? They are enemies to me, but not so the Lord of the Worlds. He who created me, and guides me. He who feeds me, and waters me. And when I get sick, He heals me. He who makes me die, and then revives me. He who, I hope, will forgive my sins on the Day of the Reckoning.”
“My Lord! Grant me wisdom, and include me with the righteous. And give me a reputation of truth among the others. And make me of the inheritors of the Garden of Bliss. And forgive my father—he was one of the misguided. And do not disgrace me on the Day they are resurrected. The Day when neither wealth nor children will help. Except for him who comes to God with a sound heart.”
And Paradise will be brought near for the righteous. And the Blaze will be displayed to the deviators. And it will be said to them, “Where are those you used to worship?” Besides God. Can they help you, or help themselves?” Then they will be toppled into it, together with the seducers. And the soldiers of Satan, all of them.
They will say, as they feud in it. “By God, We were in evident error. For equating you with the Lord of the Worlds. No one misled us except the sinners. Now we have no intercessors. And no sincere friend. If only we could have another chance, we would be among the faithful.”
Surely in this is a sign, but most of them are not believers.
Your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful.

The people of Noah disbelieved the messengers. Their brother Noah said to them, “Do you not fear? I am to you a faithful messenger. So fear God, and obey me. I ask of you no payment for this. My payment is only from the Lord of the Worlds. So fear God, and obey me.”
They said, “Shall we believe in you, when it is the lowliest who follow you?”
He said, “What do I know about what they do? Their account rests only with my Lord, if you have sense. And I am not about to drive away the believers. I am only a clear warner.”
They said, “If you do not refrain, O Noah, you will be stoned.”
He said, “My Lord, my people have denied me. So judge between me and them decisively, and deliver me and the believers who are with me.
So We delivered him and those with him in the laden Ark. Then We drowned the rest. In that is a sign, but most of them are not believers.
Your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful.

The people of Lot disbelieved the messengers. When their brother Lot said to them, “Do you not fear? I am to you a faithful messenger. So fear God, and obey me. I ask of you no payment for it. My payment is only from the Lord of the Worlds. Do you approach the males of the world? And forsake the wives your Lord created for you? Indeed, you are intrusive people.”
They said, “Unless you refrain, O Lot, you will be expelled.”
He said, “I certainly deplore your conduct.” “My Lord, save me and my family from what they do.”
So We saved him and his family, altogether. Except for an old woman among those who tarried. Then We destroyed the others. And We rained down on them a rain. Dreadful is the rain of those forewarned.
Surely in this is a sign, but most of them are not believers.
Your Lord is the Almighty, the Merciful.
It is a revelation from the Lord of the Worlds. The Faithful Spirit came down with it. Upon your heart, that you may be one of the warners.

Don’t neglect your creator. Make a bond with Him. Every humans can do it. Every humans must.

What About #66

I believe in the positive/negative energy. Some call it p/n vibes. We all have it in ourselves, and we express it without noticing it. This energy is like a wave that you can’t measure, only your inner self (i.e soul) can. When you stand in the presence of a positive person, you can feel this feeling of assurance that you won’t be feel in the presence of a negative one.
When you possess one of these two energies, you can feel it yourself. It’s hard to change our own energy, we require an external force which can help us. This external force can be a song, a movie, a friend, God, a scenery or even drugs. Unfortunately this energy influence those around us, even animals can feel it. That’s why those who own dogs, their pet try to confort them when they’re sad, or keep away from them when they’re angry. The animal’s receptor is more accurate than ours. They even feel when an earthquake is going to happen. So what can we do about it? We must try to control this energy of ours and gain something out of it. I don’t know how, but some people can do brilliant things out of it. Some people can spread their energy to an entire crowd so that the entire people feel like he does.
Perhaps that’s the reason, the more people are near, the more our feelings change. For instance if we’re watching football at home and alone, we wouldn’t have the same reaction when there is a goal, that if we were present in a stadium surrounded by thousands of people screaming and laughing and being happy for the goal. We would feel so happy that we would scream as the others do, jump as the others jump, yell as the others yell. It’s all about energy.
We have a certain power in ourselves that can be really released only when it is stimulated by hundreds or thousands of others having the same thoughts, feelings, need…..
What are we made of? Do we really believe that we’re made only of bones and flesh? What if we had the power to achieve miracles by using our inner energy?