seeds wrote: ↑Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:50 pm And yet even though consciousness will never be found in any list of brain components, it nevertheless not only makes an appearance once those components are arranged in just the right way, but it also presents itself as being the only reason for the existence of the brain in the first place.
Hold on there cowboy, you specifically asserted that there is no such thing as consciousness among the properties of matter.
Brains are composed of matter.
Hydrogen (H) is a property (component) of the brain. So, are you now implying that hydrogen is conscious?
Are you a proponent of panpsychism?
Furthermore, are you now suggesting that your earlier listing of the properties of matter:the dictionary wrote: pan•psy•chism
1. the doctrine or belief that everything material, however small, has an element of individual consciousness.
“...mass, charge, spin, etc...”
...should have looked more like this:
“...mass, charge, spin, consciousness, etc...”?
Repeating the same wrong-minded assertion over and over again isn’t going to make it right. For, clearly, the highly specific structuring of brain matter does, indeed, give rise to consciousness.
Of course I think that there is an explanation for everything.
However, as I pointed out earlier, the fact that there surely exists an explanation for how and why a brain can do what it does, has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that consciousness (at least from our limited perspective) seems to be something that “emerges” from the non-conscious fabric of brain matter.
In which case, it is quite obvious that you are using what is basically a strawman type of argument (“everything has an explanation”) to defend your stance against the concept of emergence.