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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4140 on: November 15, 2012, 12:20 AM »
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My son is adamant I should not give my spare change to the Salvation Army kettle folks who hang out in force at this time of year.
Here is the link he forwarded to me today:

http://autumnyte.tumblr.com/post/35586174221/i-dont-understand-whats-wrong-with-supporting-the
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4141 on: November 15, 2012, 06:02 PM »
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Wow Malala, my salute to you... clap
She is my age, my religion and has so much of confidence and wants to raise her voice...You can see that in her face itself!
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4142 on: November 15, 2012, 06:35 PM »
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Wow Malala, my salute to you... clap
She is my age, my religion and has so much of confidence and wants to raise her voice...You can see that in her face itself!


So you are Muslim? Like me? aha!  hug
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4143 on: November 15, 2012, 08:55 PM »
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So you are Muslim? Like me? aha!  hug

Emma Jean, what's with all these nonsensical quotes you keep putting in your signature about materialism?

I would love to see someone make a compelling case that consciousness is independent of the brain, given that everything that we currently know about conscious experience is connected to the brain.
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4144 on: November 15, 2012, 10:09 PM »
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Emma Jean, what's with all these nonsensical quotes you keep putting in your signature about materialism?

I would love to see someone make a compelling case that consciousness is independent of the brain, given that everything that we currently know about conscious experience is connected to the brain.
Depends how you define consciousness, I guess - ice is conscious of its surroundings when it melts as temperature rises. You could say its a matter of degree (!)
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4145 on: November 15, 2012, 10:14 PM »
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ice is conscious of its surroundings

In the same way that rocks smile winsomely.
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4146 on: November 15, 2012, 10:28 PM »
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If a pebble can be a little boulder, why not?
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4147 on: November 16, 2012, 12:15 AM »
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Depends how you define consciousness, I guess - ice is conscious of its surroundings when it melts as temperature rises. You could say its a matter of degree (!)

That is not consciousness.
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4148 on: November 16, 2012, 04:02 AM »
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Clydey.. you know I'm not religious, so this is a genuine and maybe strange and hypothetical question:

Imagine a healthy, human brain, independent of a human body, being kept artificially 'alive' with functioning nerves, blood flow, oxygen, nutrients etc.

Do you think it would be possible for the brain to experience consciousness?

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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4149 on: November 16, 2012, 06:32 AM »
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Clydey.. you know I'm not religious, so this is a genuine and maybe strange and hypothetical question:

Imagine a healthy, human brain, independent of a human body, being kept artificially 'alive' with functioning nerves, blood flow, oxygen, nutrients etc.

Do you think it would be possible for the brain to experience consciousness?

We are our brain, so yes. The absence of the body would have fewer consequences than you might think.
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4150 on: November 16, 2012, 08:26 AM »
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Actually......the absence of the brain could have fewer consequences than you might think!  Whistle
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4151 on: November 16, 2012, 08:31 AM »
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Wow Malala, my salute to you... clap
She is my age, my religion and has so much of confidence and wants to raise her voice...You can see that in her face itself!

Zarfeen.......You are 14?
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4152 on: November 16, 2012, 10:06 AM »
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That is not consciousness.
It is awareness of and response to an environmental stimulus  is it not?                                                         
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4153 on: November 16, 2012, 11:10 AM »
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It is awareness of and response to an environmental stimulus  is it not?                                                         
I can't see how any kind of response has to be 'concious'! A falling leaf may move aound in response to the wind, but would you call that concious?
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4154 on: November 16, 2012, 11:15 AM »
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It is awareness of and response to an environmental stimulus  is it not?                                                         

No, it's not. You seem to be using "awareness" in a different sense.
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