Don’t worry about the hard problem of consciousness

Solve the easy problems instead

The ‘hard problem of consciousness’ (HPC) as originally stated by David Chalmers in The Conscious Mind (1996) is the problem of explaining how experience is possible. How is any experience, anywhere in the universe, possible? From the perspective of the HPC, a single experience of a flash of light is as mysterious as a full human experience of a summer’s day or the most profound mystical experience of the most enlightened monk. 

There are three going responses to the hard problem that reflect three different ideas about experience:

1.  The possibility of experience (i.e. consciousness) is derived or emergent from something else. The ‘something else’ could be a physical property like quantum entanglement, a general systems property like complexity, a computational property like metaprocessing, a biological property like life, a neuroarchitectural property like having a

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IdPnSD 16 May 2020

“– everything that exists – has experiences.”– Yes, this is the correct answer. The word experience is confusing. The word soul should be used instead. Soul is the noun, it has the consciousness property. Besides consciousness the soul has many other properties. Most notably, soul gives reincarnation, creates destiny, and gives yogic power.

Princeton University has demonstrated that an electronic circuit card can respond to human intentions. A Japanese scientist has shown that water crystal changes its shape depending on our intentions. The monarch butterfly demonstrates that it also has a soul, it reincarnates, and follows the past life plans in the present life. See the article https://www.academia.edu/38590496/A_COMPARISON_OF_MODERN_SCIENCE_WITH_VEDIC_SCIENCE for more details.

Soul is the tiniest invisible particle, and is defined as the root cause of all causes. This definition is given in both Bible and Vedas. Bible says – “God is spirit” and spirit is same as soul. Vedas explain it in more details in a book called Samkhya. Cause and effect is the fundamental law of nature. For every effect there is always a chain of causes and effects. All such chains must have a root cause, which is the soul. Since soul is the root cause, it is causeless, and therefore it is eternally existent.