Agreed ... somewhat:
The idea that knowledge and information both presuppose consciousness--so they cannot be equal [ to consciousness ] is something I am in 100% agreement with. I'm not so sure about the rest. I see no reason why consciousness ( assuming such could exist as an entirely independent phenomenon ) would need to rely on ( be dependent upon ) any changes other than the passage of time.
That is because I see consciousness in and of itself as entirely neutral. It is the stage upon which the play takes place, not the play itself. The absence of a set and characters and all the rest doesn't make the stage itself cease to exist. In the real world consciousness may not be able to exist as an entirely separate phenomenon from brains and bodies, but that doesn't change its essential nature.
It is still neutral. Returning to the start, it carries no information, or knowledge, or experiences of its own. Consciousness is the part of a person that makes that person aware of the fact that they have any knowledge or information ( or the lack thereof ) in the first place. Consciousness therefore also has nothing to do with afterlives. Entities in the afterlife ( for the sake of illustration ) could just as easily be philosophical zombies as those in the land of the living.
Randall, this is not a response to your linked post but a link to research that I received today that I think will be of great interest to those still following research regarding 'ufos' and their physical, neurological, and psychological effects on humans who encounter them at close quarters. Of course all this must also be extrapolated to the evidence of such traumatic encounters on animals. I don't follow the ufo subject much anymore so I don't know which thread to post this on and ask that you post it where you think it would be of most interest. Thanks.
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