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Consciousness is something that occurs to all of us every day. We create it without even being aware of it. Everything that we experience all through the day finds it's way to our brain. Everything that we accomplish can be classified into two main categories. The first is subjective experiences. All of the things that we see, feel, smell, basically anything that we can sense falls into this category. The next is physical processes. Things like breathing, walking, eating, and anything that you do, will come in this category.
This said, let us go on. All the information that flows through your brain can be measured through the neural firings which take place there. Thus, we can assume that all of our so called subjective experiences which are taking place, can be actually calculated.
So we have all these neural firings in our brains which are creating reactions, and sending information to our brain, the central processing station if you will. The only problem is that if all of our experiences, and reactions are being calculated systematically, be it numbers or not, then every decision that we have ever made was not even our choice. We are just floating around processing information, and we can't change a thing about our destiny. Scared? This is just the beginning.
A Penny for your Thoughts...
Thought is very difficult to describe. Some would define thought as contemplation, or a deep concentration on something, but thought is much more. Thought encompasses all of our reactions, and emotions towards different things. Imagination can be thought. Thought is the engine that keeps us going. It controls our actions, and directs us throughout the day.
Scientists are attempting to design a "thinking computer", the most advanced one ever built was called the TRW Mark III, built in the 1980's, contained about 1,ooo,ooo synapses. It had about 1 ten thousandth the mental capacity of a snail, and lacked the ability to rewrite it's own programming.
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