Adam Balmer

Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

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Adam Balmer
Posted almost 3 years ago
Consciousness is a material property and the essential component of life. So long as the universe exists life will exist in some form.
I think maybe what you're talking about is panpsychism - the view that ultimately everything is made up of conscious parts in some sense (http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/panpsychism/). It's something that has had a small philosophical following for a while. In fact, a philosopher named Galen Strawson wrote an essay in 2006 making what sounds to me like very much the same point as what you are making - there is a brief summary of the arguments he made here http://panexperientialism.blogspot.com/2005/09/strawson-on-physicalism-and.html For the ongoing debate amongst philosophers on panpsychism, try here: http://consc.net/online/1.4g
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Adam Balmer
Posted almost 3 years ago
a public database of research and information
Yes, I think that a free access journal or something of that nature would enable the general public to get involved in debate and progress within particular fields. I think that it would make things even better if the general public were also allowed to contribute to that database of information. There are some fields that I think do not require any sort of formal education to get involved in, such as philosophy, english literature and theoretical science. So why not make these completely free for the public to access and contribute to? Surely by chance some of those people will have a lot to contribute.