3.4 What is it like to be what you think you are?

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Summary:
Consciousness is not an observer outside the universe. The universe is a notion of consciousness. Everything is in consciousness. Consciousness is everything. In order for consciousness to be able to experience the universe, it must experience the individual perceptions IN ITSELF. You are such a self-experience.
3.4.0-1  Consciousness has a notion of every little detail in the universe. Consciousness also experiences what it is like to BE every little detail. Consciousness interprets the pattern, gives it a meaning, understands it, forms an idea of ​​what it is - and EXPERIENCES it, qualia experiences.

3.4.0-2  Consciousness is not an observer outside the universe. The universe is a notion of consciousness. Everything is in consciousness. Consciousness is everything. In order for consciousness to be able to experience the universe, it must experience the individual perceptions IN ITSELF. In every smallest point.

3.4.0-3  The consciousness and the performances and the experience, the qualia that the performances evoke, are the same. There is no distance, no separation between these things. Subject and object are the same, because the perception and experience of an object IS in the subject. To imagine something and experience something is the same. Everything is subjective, everything is experience. The imagined objects of consciousness are experienced as themselves.

3.4.0-4  When the universal consciousness interprets a large and extremely complex part of the pattern of being a human being, the thought experiences being this human being.

3.4.0-5  Then you can ask: Can imagining an apple and experiencing an apple then be impossible to be the same? You can think of an apple, see it in your mind as a red, juicy fruit with sweet and good taste. But you can not feel the taste in your mind. You can imagine how it crunches when you put your teeth in the apple, but you only get the experience of taking a bite when you do it "in real life".

3.4.0-6  How then can the performance and the experience of the imagined be the same?

3.4.0-7  This is a trick question. This is a smart question, because it reveals something significant.

3.4.0-8  Thinking of an apple and experiencing an apple is not the same thing. Yes, in both cases we are talking about an apple, but in the first case the experience is "thinking an apple", in the second case the experience is "apple". There are two very different experiences. "Thinking" and "apple" are not the same thing. The experience cannot be the same.

3.4.0-9  We have already been in a similar situation, namely when you are in a cinema and are carried away by a fierce love scene on the screen. You see, you hear, you are emotionally touched by the experience. But you do not even experience the embrace and the kiss. You are fully aware that you are sitting in a movie theater and watching a rendition of an event.

3.4.0-10  This is thinking. Such is thinking. Thinking is a distance consideration, a notion of something that is ... only a notion, not "the real thing".

3.4.0-11  You know how it is experienced, because you have been to the cinema yourself and you drive yourself and think about everything, continuously. You know very well that no matter how hard you think, it will never be quite the same as experiencing it "in reality".

3.4.0-12  Do you remember that we also talked about the difference between a simulation and reality? In Chapter 1 zzz. We said that the degree of perceived reality is only a matter of perspective and the degree of fidelity to nature. If you were born into a simulator and have never seen anything other than the pictures you are presented inside this box, the sounds coming out of the speakers, the wind from the fans, the smells that are sprayed into the air, the pressure against the skin from the pressure points in the touch suit absolutely surrounds your whole body, etc. - then you will at some point experience that this IS the reality.

3.4.0-13  You no longer experience a simulation, no longer just thoughts. It is really experienced.

3.4.0-14  Such is the relationship between the idea of ​​the apple and the experience of the apple "as itself".

3.4.0-15  Consciousness experiences every point in everything it "understands". It has an interpretation of what every little bit of the pattern is. It also has an interpretation of the pattern formed by the pieces - preferably together with other pieces of a different type. The patterns form new patterns. The interpretation continues upwards and upwards as long as it makes sense.

3.4.0-16  The universal consciousness understands something like an electron, something else like protons and neutrons. It interprets it as protons and neutrons being held together through what it understands as "the strong nuclear force". Together, these three types of particles form an atom.

3.4.0-17  Atoms form patterns. Consciousness perceives these as molecules. The molecules form patterns that become… for example crystals. The crystals form patterns that turn into. Stone. The stones form patterns that become strand a beach or a mountain or just a stone, a single stone that is used for decoration on a shelf in your living room because it is pretty to look at.

3.4.0-18  This decorative stone on the shelf is there together with a bunch of other stones. Together they form a pattern. You are the one who put them in this pattern. It forms a heart. But the stones are not a heart, they are stones laid in a heart pattern.

3.4.0-19  Consciousness understands this. The idea of ​​"heart stone" appears only once in a while. There are no heart patterns of stones anywhere in nature, only on your shelf and in other ornate homes. Consciousness knows that there is air between the stones, that they are not part of the same thing, but a composition of separate stones.

3.4.0-20  But it did not have to be this way. It could be that the heart shape was as widespread in nature as the crystal shape is, ie stones with straight lines and surfaces that often reflect light in a beautiful way.

3.4.0-21  Heart stones are not a universal phenomenon as crystals are. Crystals are a composition of molecules that form a pattern, a "higher variant" of stone. Crystals are still the one and the same stone that consciousness interpreted itself to via atoms, molecules, etc. Heart stones, on the other hand, are stones laid in a pattern - without becoming anything more or other than the stones they already are. A new type of stone is not created by laying them in a pattern manually.

3.4.0-22  Just as your consciousness knows that you are sitting in front of a TV screen or in a simulator, so it knows that the stones in the heart pattern are in an environment that is not part of the stones.

3.4.0-23  Stone is stone, stone in a pattern is stones laid in a pattern.

3.4.0-24  Both are experienced. As it is understood by the consciousness to be, what they are understood as. Consciousness experiences what it imagines. The two things are the same.

3.4.0-25  So the stone, the composition of crystals, is experienced as a rock crystal. It is understood as a crystal and it is experienced as a crystal.

3.4.0-26  You and I are people who see the stone. It's something quite different. We experience being human. We experience that we see things around us. We see the stone. We do not experience being the stone, we experience being a human being who sees a stone.

3.4.0-27  So how does it feel to be a rock?

3.4.0-28  Who knows. In 1979, the American philosopher Thomas Nagel published an article in which he asked the question "How does it feel to be a bat?" ("What Is It Like To Be A Bat [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_Is_It_Like_to_Be_a_Bat%3F]?"). It has so far not been possible to answer, but it points to the same thing - that being something must be experienced as something.

3.4.0-29  A bat is a living being that has a brain. In a universe consisting of dead matter, consciousness is something that arises inexplicably in the brain. This is the prevailing paradigm in our western society, what science tells us to believe.

3.4.0-30  In our world, on the other hand, where consciousness is the fundamental, everything is different.

3.4.0-31  The bat is a performance in the consciousness. Just as consciousness understands what is part of the stone itself and what is outside it, it knows what the bat is. It knows that these atoms, molecules and cells are all part of the bat. But there is a limit. The environment is not part of the bat. Neither does the food it eats or the air it breathes.

3.4.0-32  The bat is something in itself. It must be experienced as something in itself, because consciousness works this way. You and I work like this. We have come to this conclusion in various ways - that this is how it works. If a huge accumulation of cells with identical DNA is in the same area, the cells belong to the same organic individual.

3.4.0-33  To imagine something and to experience what is imagined is the same and it is necessary. Otherwise the world would not have existed. If it had not been so, we would not have been able to experience it, just imagine it in our minds. But we experience it. Proven. Our experience of qualia is the proof.

3.4.0-34  The stone experiences being a stone. The bat experiences being a bat. You experience being a human being.

3.4.0-35  But DOES the stone KNOW that it is a stone? The universal consciousness knows that. The universal consciousness also experiences being a stone. The experience is related to the stone itself. The awareness of the stone in being stone lies in the stone itself. The stone IS consciousness, created and experienced by consciousness. That's all it is, nothing else.

3.4.0-36  This is pantheism [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantheism]. This is the philosophical doctrine that God is all things, in all things. Everything that exists IS God. There is no God outside the world, much less a personal God.

3.4.0-37  God is in nature, is nature, and nature is in God. It is one and the same.

3.4.0-38  Pantheism has its roots in ancient Greece. The idea was kept alive through the Middle Ages by mystics, Gnostics, occultists and heretics. One of them was Giordano Bruno, who was convicted by the Inquisition of the Catholic Church, hung on a stake at the Campo de 'Fiori in Rome and burned to death in 1600. Bruno supported Copernicus' "new" worldview with the Sun as the center of the universe instead. for the Earth. But this was not what cost him his life. It was his support for pantheism. He denied a personal God.

3.4.0-39  Most people who throughout the ages have adapted to a different view of God than what the church dictates, have in some way suffered harm.