Recently, I have come across the 2 popular views of what consciousness is.
The spiritual or religious view that seems to rely on something immaterial, like the belief in the soul that lives on or continues to exist somewhere in the universe after the human body ceases to live and stops functioning.
This view is a very old view but what I found surprising when I researched this subject is that it predates Judeo-Christian scriptures (bible). The origin of the belief of the immortality of the soul (that is supposed to be responsible for our consciousness or self-awareness) seems to have originated in ancient Egypt and Babylon known for the pagan, religious practices.
That view was later explored by many philosophers, including Plato. Many scholars agree that the immortality of the soul was not taught by Jesus and his apostles but later found its way into the teaching of Catholic and others churches of Christendom because of the attempts to unify the many religions by Constantine in the 4th century apparently for the greater good of the Great Roman Empire.
The second view seems to be relatively new due to the recent discoveries in physics, especially quantum mechanics. The majority supporting it view human consciousness as a product of human brain due to the subparticles, like protons, neutrons and electrons that form the many different quantum states in human body and human brain.
Generally, this view seems to be held by the majority of materialists, which excludes an Intelligent Designer or God as creators of human consciousness.
For more info on both views, please read this article:
However, my personal view (if it matters to anyone) I thought was a bit unorthodox, because I don’t believe in the existence of the soul (immortal or not) and yet I believe that humans were designed and created by God.
So, to explain my view, I found the quantum consciousness explanation quite satisfying… for now.
Yet, just yesterday, I found that others, or at least one, Phillip Cunningham, known as BA77 at UD has been able to reconcile both the view of quantum information that is responsible for quantum consciousness and the existence of the immortal soul.
Here is his video:
BTW: I respect Phillip Cunninghman very much. We share similar beliefs.
The existence of an immortal soul that survives human death is one of the things we absolutely disagree on. The respect still remains…