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  1. There is no consciousness as a fixed, unchanging, single object. If we use the spatiotemporal model of describing the world, we must recognize that the elements that make up consciousness change their mutual location after each minimal period of time (for example, Planck time). That is, consciousness is a process. There can be no two absolutely identical states of consciousness manifested at different times.

    In order to detect the workings of consciousness, it is necessary and sufficient to detect the body's response to the external world. The body must have at least one sense organ that reflects changes in the external world, and at least one organ that produces three types of sensations: pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral. The process of successive sensations in the perception of the world can be called consciousness.

    Is the brain necessary and sufficient as a tool for the process of consciousness to work? No. The brain is usually called a cluster of nerve cells. Not all conscious animals have this organ. In simple organisms, the nervous system can be distributed throughout the body, such as in echinoderms. They have clusters of neural structures that allow them to recognize chemical elements, light, and temperature. We can detect the reaction of such an organism to pleasant and unpleasant phenomena. For example, a starfish can crawl up to pleasant things and crawl away from unpleasant things.

    Why is the brain insufficient for the functioning of consciousness? Because it is only one of the organs that ensure the work of consciousness. If, for example, the chemical composition of a person's blood changes, then their consciousness will also change. If some sense organs fail or are removed, then consciousness will also change. For example, the consciousness of the blind (although there are opinions that the eyes are a part of the brain that is placed on the periphery) works differently from birth. They have sharpened other senses: hearing, touch, smell, taste. They build a different picture of the world, because they do not have such elements of experience as color or brightness in their minds.

    Consciousness and the brain are interdependent. When the brain changes, consciousness changes. When consciousness changes, the brain changes. A person can consciously develop memory, mindfulness, concentration, spatial thinking, benevolence, and other ways of perceiving the world. Along with these changes in consciousness, the structure of the brain will also be rebuilt, and networks of connections between parts of the brain will appear or disappear.

    Is the brain the cause of consciousness? Yes and no, neither yes nor no. Since the brain and consciousness are interdependent, the statement of one thing as the basis depends on the position of thinking. Imagine that you have a unique super-powerful telescope, the only one on earth. You explored the cosmos with it and discovered a distant galaxy. Is the telescope the reason for the existence of this galaxy? On the one hand, no, it seems that the galaxy exists by itself. But on the other hand, you can't prove to someone else that this galaxy exists, otherwise how to show it in this telescope. That is, the telescope and the galaxy are mutually conditioned, are in such a relationship with each other that they allow us to show the existence of the galaxy. But if in the case of a telescope we can build another one of the same or more powerful, then in the case of a brain we cannot create an absolutely identical brain. Therefore, each consciousness is unique, including because of the uniqueness of the brain.

  2. In short, it is unknown. In science today, there is a full range of positions. Including those that reject the very category of causality. By the way, there is still no generally accepted definition of what consciousness is. Which gives some reason to doubt its very existence.

  3. The correct answer, as always, lies outside of the proposed erroneous dilemma )

    Neither one nor the other. The brain is the object of awareness, the object that consciousness is directed at, just as it can be directed at anything else.�

    For example, in the mind of a child who does not yet have the slightest idea of human anatomy, such an object as the brain simply does not exist. For him, the word “Brain “is just a sound, like “Meow”.�

    At the same time, as strange as it may sound), consciousness itself is part of the operational capabilities of the brain, with the help of which it processes information. Whether the brain works “offline”, generating consciousness, or it serves as a relay of powerful energy-informational constructs (like Jung's “collective unconscious”), or both, is a debatable question.

  4. The closest analogy to the brain-consciousness pair came up relatively recently, back in the lifetime of my generation. This is a computer-software pair. The analogy is direct and can explain absolutely all the phenomena of human consciousness that manifest themselves externally. But it leaves a legitimate sense of non-creation, because each of us feels that his personal consciousness works somehow differently from the program's algorithm, but he cannot prove it. For example, such a phenomenon as pain. Rationally, its role for survival is quite clear, it is elementary to simulate programmatically, but there is no answer to the question when the computer screams-it hurts, what it really feels. It definitely hurts us, but it's very doubtful about the phone. I do not yet know a satisfactory answer about the true nature of consciousness.

  5. The brain is the seat of consciousness. And the cause of consciousness is the work of the brain, which begins after the birth of a person. Information coming from the senses is accumulated, processed, and analyzed. The brain learns to process and analyze information, assimilate speech encoding, and make decisions in the process of life and with the help of older people. In the process of learning, individual consciousness is formed.Only then does a person become a reasonable (in the full sense of the word) being. But for this, the material part (the brain) must be appropriately prepared, which evolution has taken care of.

  6. The brain is neither cause nor effect, it is a part of the human body whose functions are not fully understood. It seems to me that there is no reason for many reflections here, we can do without this simple conclusion.

  7. Of course, the brain provides the work of consciousness, thinking, emotions, etc. Your question can be compared to the question ” Is a flashlight the cause of light or its effect?”.

  8. There is no one “right” answer to this question. The formulation of such a question is similar to the egg/chicken problem. Both answers are in superposition, exist simultaneously, and both are correct.

  9. There is no well – established definition of what consciousness is. However, each of us understands that it is individual. And also the fact that the receptacle of consciousness is the brain. Then consciousness is probably secondary – no brain, no consciousness. It is also known that the more complex and larger the brain, the higher the consciousness. Specialists in neurophysiology, intelligence, psychology, etc. they can answer this question more precisely, but from the point of view of the layman, I can assume that consciousness is a complex of memory stored in the brain, the results of its analysis and evaluation (of course, the brain has such an ability), decisions made (such a function must necessarily be) and prepared commands based on decisions. In a highly developed brain, all these components can be quite complex. Finally, consciousness as an information complex can exist only in the living brain, as in a material object. Because information without a tangible medium does not exist!

  10. According to ancient knowledge, the brain is only an organ for controlling the body's systems. The brain ensures the constancy of the environment and ensures the smooth functioning of the body.
    Consciousness and thoughts are not related to the brain. Thoughts are born outside the body, that is, they come from outside. Well-known neurophysiologist Natalia Bekhtereva, as a result of many years of research and observations, came to the same conclusion: the brain does not produce thoughts and is not consciousness.
    Thus, the brain and consciousness are different structures that function mostly independently of each other. Although under the influence of consciousness, the modes of operation of the brain can change.

  11. the brain, together with the body, is only a translator of consciousness. Moreover, it is a FORM in consciousness, one can say a drawing by the IMAGINATION, a certain activation in the form of a body of a part of the field.

  12. The brain is a consequence. A person in this world is affected by two forces, conditionally the power of good and the power of evil, but a person is given freedom of choice, and at every moment of his being a person makes one or another choice. this choice depends on the information that the person's brain is filled with, and how that person learns to use the available information, it also depends on the specific characteristics of the individual's brain. But a person cannot discover something fundamentally new, but he can either take into account or not take into account what comes from Above, from the source of all knowledge and all truth. “He who seeks will find, he who asks will be given, and he who knocks will be opened.”

  13. The brain is the organ through which the processes necessary for maintaining the existence of consciousness take place in the material world. In other words, in order for non – material consciousness to exist in a material body, material processes are necessary that somehow glue consciousness with the body.

  14. Consciousness is the” inner mirror ” of the brain, the process by which information about the world received from various sensory organs and differentiated in various departments and groups of neurons is collected again as a whole in concepts.

    The reason for the emergence of consciousness is the complexity of the brain structure, which is stimulated by incoming information and the body's need for an adequate response to it. That is why it is so important for a newborn to communicate with his mother, and a child raised in a pack of dogs has a consciousness that is not developed to the human level.

  15. The reason for human idiocy about the brain as the source of consciousness is the consequence of the loss of Christ, who explained everything and no one can know better than him.

    Isn't it idiotic to think that the brain contains memory?

    Christ, who was born in the summer of 6660 (1152) in Vladimir, was sent to the 1st century, deprived of His native language, all works were taken away, and humanity turned into a herd of sheep.

    And the Teaching of Christ is available and only in Russian.

    Therefore, our consciousness is from God and will not go anywhere after death.

    Our memory is recorded on crystals on the Hard Sky, so it will also remain.

  16. The brain is the receiver and distributor of signals from the source of consciousness, as well as from the physical nerve centers of the being. The vehicle of consciousness from the Creator is the soul.
    Also, a person has a personality with a characteristic egoism. Often a person confuses the desires of the individual with the will of the soul, because he does not distinguish between them. Hence the confusion.
    To be in harmony with the will of the soul, it is necessary to come into contact with it, to learn to distinguish.

  17. It is believed that consciousness is connected to the brain. But the brain is most likely a computer for processing data and based on this data produces a certain conclusion. But here's who feeds the data to the brain. The human body is much more complex than we think. All organs of the body, in addition to the biological function, also have a mental function….. The mental activity of human organs manifests itself in the form of feelings, emotions. Consciousness is a system of mental work of the entire human body. The brain is the central controller.

    1. According to the neo-Cartesian generalization of modern physics, which is based on the identity of space and matter by Descartes, according to which space is matter, and matter is a space moving relative to itself, the brain creates an image of the whole world not inside itself, but around itself. This is the aura corresponding to consciousness, which controls the body, since it is based on material processes in space. These processes in space under the influence of the brain are felt only for it, and other devices can record them only indirectly. Thus, brain activity is inextricably linked to space and is both the cause of consciousness and its consequence.
  18. The brain is definitely not the cause of consciousness, because the brain is an organ that can only remember. The function of the brain is only memory, well, working with this memory. And this is very easy to prove experimentally. Moreover, this experiment is very simple and effective, and each person can do it himself. It is enough to mentally remove your memory and what remains and will remain: consciousness, thinking or reason. Since there is a dogma that these three actions, or any of them, take place in the brain and this is not memory, then when the memory is deleted, one of them must remain. But this is not confirmed. Now I have no memory, I opened my eyes and what? Nothing. I don't know anything, I don't know who I am, where I am, where I come from, why, why, I don't know sounds, words, and so on. I have no memory and that means there is nothing. This proves that in the human brain, nothing but memory does not exist, and of course consciousness does not exist either. Therefore, it is easy to conclude that consciousness, which exists as an action and this is very simply proved, is not a consequence of the brain.

    By the way, this experiment proves the stupidity of God in creating Adam, described in the Bible. It says that God breathed life into Adam's face, that is, memory. God breathed Adam into Adam, otherwise he would not have known who he was, etc. This means that God breathed everything into Adam: what he likes, wants, what he likes and the desire of a woman, and the desire to listen to her, and the desire to eat an apple. That is, God was just having fun, which means he was bored and this means that the one who created man is not eternal.

  19. The brain has nothing to do with consciousness Its functions are related to the physical body of a person and its physiology. Consciousness is defined by the presence of the Soul, but not in a poetic sense, but as an independent energy substance that enters ( and leaves) the human body in the fourth or sixth month of the embryo's life. The soul can replace (perform) the functions of the brain for some time. There are cases when a person without a brain that leaked out lived. But the brain cannot replace the Soul.

    The soul is the foundation of reincarnation. Animals and plants have souls. Today, there is already a lot of serious literature on this topic.

  20. The brain is a consequence of consciousness. It is impossible to define consciousness because the eye cannot see itself. But we humans have invented a mirror, look around, everything that happens around us, including us humans, is changeable. Consciousness is eternal and infinite.

  21. My answer will have two parts, objective and IMHO.

    If we think objectively, then there is a mistake in the question itself, because how can the brain be a consequence of consciousness? In no way from a religious or scientific point of view(unless you add the demagogy that we are talking about the consciousness of God, who created the brain). And whether the brain is the cause of consciousness cannot be objectively said, because many people in this matter do not trust facts, but baseless faith.

    If you want to know my personal opinion, it is obvious that the brain is the cause of consciousness, because there are no other possible and provable causes.

  22. “But the head is a dark object and cannot be examined.”

    (c) “The Formula of Love”

    No brain has yet been born to understand what a brain is. And even more so, what is consciousness?

  23. The brain is neither the” cause “of consciousness nor its”consequence.”

    The brain is a mechanism that carries out consciousness and completely controls all conscious activity.

  24. Consciousness is the base for everything…Unfortunately, people still don't know what CONSCIOUSNESS is…They made up, of course, pseudo-truthful versions and theories…but only their growing number suggests that people are still very far from understanding CONSCIOUSNESS…

  25. This is only a consequence of it ! The brain is a terminal for controlling the body !

    And just follow the work of your consciousness and understand what's what

  26. I would like to answer this question, but first I need to know who asked it-the brain or the mind? What was the purpose of this question? Just crackle, or is it of primary importance for the questioner? Perhaps, if you start answering my questions, it will not be so important what the brain is a cause or effect. There are similar interesting questions, for example, which came first: chicken or egg?

  27. Modern man lives a rich and active life in the world, from beginning to end invented and conscious by himself.It lives in complete isolation from its roots, from the original, natural, real world,the world in which the primary basis of all living things is bioenergy.Consciousness is the ability to be aware of the three elements: intelligence, emotions, and the physical aspect, as well as the higher world at the same time.Achieving such consciousness is not possible for most people, because only a few of them are fully integrated and therefore able to experience this phenomenon.We live in our consciousness, but do not notice the subconscious. “The function of the mind is to be divisive; otherwise your mind does not exist. As we develop this process over the centuries, we find that we cannot cooperate; it is only authority or fear that sets us in motion and forces us to act on economic or religious grounds.”Draw your own conclusions!!! With respect.

  28. This question has no answer this is an allusion and here's why. Man is neither earth, nor water, nor fire, nor wind, nor space, nor consciousness, nor all these things together. What else is a human being? The person is not real!!! With respect.

  29. The brain is like a plowed, prepared, but not sown field.The brain is born completely pure, but after millions of years of evolution, it already represents the most complex structure of biological matter.It is born, already prepared to receive information of all kinds and in all possible ways.There is an opinion that even directly from space.But this is true, by the way…Consciousness does not arise immediately with birth, it is created by the impact on the brain through the senses of all the elements of the surrounding world.We can say that the brain is born to become a carrier of consciousness.And what kind of consciousness it will be depends on genetics and on the influence of the surrounding world, including the social environment.

  30. The brain is the cause or, if we assume the existence of some substance outside the physical body, the vehicle of consciousness. The fact that we lose consciousness when our brains are severely damaged is sufficient to confirm this, but we do not lose consciousness when other parts of the body are damaged (if only due to pain shock).

  31. In short, the cause of consciousness is not the brain, but what the brain has evolved from. Causation is by definition discrete, so we should look for the first unit of our existence in general, rather than the already formed multicellular part of the body. In other words, in the logic of causality, there can be no other answer. But not everything is so simple. After all, we initially exist in the world that existed before us. Hence, our causality alone is no longer sufficient-causality must be global. Here we get to a more precise formulation:

    The causes of everything that is only in us, all our feelings, thoughts and actions lead to our primordial nature on the one hand and to external objects (subjects) with which we interact-on the other hand.

  32. The reason, of course.
    The process of thinking, one of the features of which is the fact that a person has coined such a word as “consciousness”, denoting the totality of all thought processes-a consequence of the brain.

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