Why is the problem of consciousness of interest?
 
(This is part of a series of informal notes, taken during ongoing collaborative conversations on the subject of the problem of consciousness.)

 
The materialist model of consciousness says that when we die we become worm food and thatís the end. This seems too simple to match the evident complexity of life.
       Since each one of us will die, sooner rather than later, the question is imminent.
       Beyond the end of the individual, there is a growing feeling that our species as a whole may be moving to a bifurcation point, one path leading to ecological collapse and the end of our civilization, the other path leading to genetic redesign which would also mean the end of our civilization as we know it today.
       The problem of consciousness may have further relevance in relation to the end of civilization. Some approaches to the problem involve neurological modifications that can change our current dominance behavior to partnership behavior. Dominance behavior is implicated in the current ecological crisis.

 

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