A THEORY OF INTELLIGENCE Part Two; addendum (Identity)

by David Turell @, Monday, July 30, 2018, 15:13 (417 days ago) @ dhw

DAVID: I am me and my soul is me. No separation. When I think my soul thinks, because in life we are one and the same. You are the separatist. For you only the soul thinks.

DAVID: In life I am a material me, and I run everything. I view the soul as recording all of me as I live and develop and producing the immaterial consciousness we cannot otherwise explain.

dhw: I am not separating me from my soul but am doing precisely what you have just done: distinguishing between the two parts of the dualist’s self (the “me”), which are the immaterial soul/mind and the material body/brain. […]
So 1) please explain why your piece of God’s consciousness cannot think thoughts until its thoughts have been translated into electricity and then retranslated back into thoughts.

I start from the recognition of material existence and the obvious use of the brain by me. God's consciousness is also me when I use it to create conscious thought. Your theory makes God consciousness gift to me independent of the brain. It is inconsistent.

DAVID: Please read the bolded statements above. You have missed the critical essence of them. As usual you have pushed me to delve deeper into what I intuitively sense.

DAVID: ….in life I am in command, I decide what to think, how to shape my personality and my life. I am me.

dhw: And what does this dualist’s “me” consist of? The soul and the brain/body. Which of them decides what to think etc.?

The living "me" initiates all thought, as I have free will and my soul reflects it.

DAVID: So what is my soul? It is an immaterial recording immaterial reflection of me, much like a CD in my computer as I create a file of my thoughts. But unlike a material CD it is a living immaterial copy of me.

dhw: But you keep telling us that your soul IS you. Why does it have now to be a copy of you? Yes, it records what it and your material body experience in life. That is called memory. But doesn’t it also process information, feel emotions, make decisions?

You are fighting an old concept of mine. I've changed my theory to better express how I feel about how my soul represents me.

DAVID: And my soul is the immaterial source of consciousness as it resides within me since it is connected to God's universal consciousness to which it returns in death.

dhw: Thank you for this. Yes, the soul is the dualist’s source of consciousness, which is what I keep telling you. And there is no reason why it should have to translate its thoughts into electrical brain waves which bring the thoughts back for it to translate so that the soul can understand its own thought!

Don't thank me. I view the soul as creating consciousness for me from electricity I create as I think.

dhw: If the soul is the source of consciousness, it is the source of thought: it is the immaterial thinking, feeling, decision-making you, which in life works together with the material information-gathering, materially expressing you.

Not if it is just a reflection of me, my new view.

DAVID: My view of my soul in afterlife is that it is still a copy of me. There is no newly original part of me that is invented.

dhw: I don’t understand why it has to be a copy of you. In life and in death it IS you.

In life I am in charge. In death the soul exists as a represetation of me.

DAVID: In heaven, as described by Eben Alexander my soul observes, learns and operates telepathically.

Exactly. The thinking, feeling, remembering soul uses psychic means to replace the material means by which in life it gathered information and communicated.

DAVID: I hope this clears up your confusion about my thoughts.

dhw: I am pushing you to delve deeper because it seems to me that not only are your thoughts confused but, more importantly, that your intuition leads you to precisely the same concept of dualism as my own. ... I think we are both struggling, and my criticism of your latest theories is made in the same spirit as your criticism of my own theory. We are looking for clarification of something that is anything but clear.

Thank you. Our criticism of each other does produce deeper and perhaps more important considerations. We are still not close.

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