An analogy for the conscious mind

2 years, 1 month ago

The question of free will has been a topic of great debate among all those who stumble upon its unfathomable existence. We as humans may never fully gain the truth about this insight but evolution seems to be pulling us closer and closer to a collective answer. We all have our theories and each feels as real to their owner as any other. We must have pride in these concepts and portray them to the world because humans are designed to share knowledge. My intuitive revelation about consciousness can be summed up in a simple analogy. If anyone has ever been on one of those rides at the amusement park where your are in car along a track with some sort of virtual gun, and you have the choice of what you want to shoot at as your move through the ride. You cant deviate from this track but you can interact as you please with whatever you want along the way. You have pure freedom of will as to what you would like to “shoot” and you can look at whatever you please but you are not in control of the direction you are going, nor do you care, you are hardly even conscious of it. I idealize a world in which everything contains a conscious. The more complex an organism, the more items it has to “shoot” at. The more it can explore and deviate from the track while still maintaining its necessary evolutionary path. So, in essence, everything would have a conscious, the universe would be collectively conscious of itself in every particle of its existence.

December 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm

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Profile photo of cecilia cecilia (@ceciliaburns1017) 2 years ago ago

What chooses what you have to shoot at on “the ride” I think I totally have a visual of this. The ride would be considered time always in a forward motion and what we shoot at are our choices in life so does shooting one thing opposed to another change your life path?

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Profile photo of Dan Dan (@danfontaine) 2 years ago ago

I think it’s more like Pokemon Snap!

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