Ask A Genius 282 – A-Atheist (4)
September 6, 2017
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Rick Rosner: The brain when we’re awake at least is… and even when we’re not awake, being asleep is also a best bet type of deal where our brains have biological limitations. We can’t be awake all the time, or maybe I am… even being asleep is a bet that it’s safe to be asleep for a bunch of hours. We’ve set ourselves safely when sleeping because we have houses; people don’t just sleep on the sidewalk but everything the brain does is betting, it’s trying to come up with the best course of action and that means having a simulated version of the world within our awareness and having all parts of the brain participating in that stimulation, so that we can come up with the best course of action regardless of what happens over from moment to moment.
Anyway, so consciousness is just sophisticated information. So, anyway you’re asking why I’m not a cold big bang, cold random Big Bang believer; so, there are two things that go into having more theistic beliefs. One is the consciousness is a property of information sharing, two is that the information within consciousness can be understood as forming it’s a world of information that looks like the universe that has the same physics. With those two things you get kind of a theistic result because then you can argue by analogy from the universe to the brain and back again.
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