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Farrukh Yakubov

Student, Purdue University


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Where do you think consciousness comes from?

Science can give answers to many things, but consciousness seems to be an unsolved mystery. Why do you think people have consciousness? Where does it come from? Do you think it can be created artificially? How?
You may answer based on anything you know, it does not have to be a proven fact. Thank you.


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    Jul 10 2011: Farrukh, here is the excerpt from Dr. Pim van Lommel's research - ABOUT THE CONTINUITY OF OUR CONSCIOUSNESS

    1. Introduction 2. About Death 3. Scientific Research on Near Death Experience

    4. Some typical elements of NDE (4.5.) The Disappearance of Fear of Death. Nearly all people who have experienced an NDE lose their fear of death. This is due to the realization that there is a continuation of consciousness, even when you have been declared dead by bystanders or even by doctors. You are separated from the lifeless body, retaining the ability of perception...

    5. Neurophysiology In Cardiac Arrest 6. Neurophysiology In A Normal Functioning Brain

    7. Quantum Mechanics and the Brain. ... In people with an NDE the functional receiving capacity seems to be permanently enhanced. When you compare this with a TV set, you receive not only Channel 1, the transmission of your personal consciousness, but simultaneously Channels 2, 3 and 4 with aspects of consciousness of others.

    8. Role of DNA 9. Analogy of worldwide communication.

    10. Conclusion. ... There are still more questions than answers, but, based on the aforementioned theoretical aspects of the obviously experienced continuity of our consciousness, we finally should consider the possibility that death, like birth, may well be a mere passing from one state of consciousness to another... http://www.nderf.org/vonlommel_consciousness.htm

    What do you think about it?
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      Jul 10 2011: I think this it is logical for consciousness to keep existing. This is also very likely to be true.
      • Jul 11 2011: I think this is very likely to be true that the so called consciousness is permanent and is existing while everything in this universe or physical world is impermanent and evolving. Could it be a state of mind or another dimension or a kind of pure consciousness that can only be experienced by the mind that is totally pure and taintless?
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      Jul 17 2011: Joe,
      I agree with the information you provided above. With my own NDE/OBE and reading about the experiences of hundreds of other people, common threads include loss of fear of death, seperation from the body, and although sometimes unconscious according to the medical model, we experienced an expanded consciousness on other levels.

      When I talk about my experience, I also use the example of a radio being able to pick up one channel, or many channels. If we keep the radio on one channel all the time, the information we get will be similar all the time. If we turn our "radio" to different channels, the information will often be different as well. Opening up many different channels seems to be another common occurance with the NDE/OBE. Personally, I don't think we need to have a traumatic experience to attain this state of being. With mindfulness, we can open many of the channels that are available to us. We simply need to open the mind and heart to the possibilities. I agree that death, like birth, is a passing from one state of consciousness to another.

      I agree that there are many dimensions of consciousness. I do not agree that it is only experienced by the mind that is "totally pure and taintless". Consciousness, in my perception, is experienced by all humans, regardless of the condition of, or information in his/her brain/mind. The "state of mind" can contribute to the expansion and awareness of consciousness. In my perception, consciousness is part of an energy that flows through the body and mind.

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