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  1. The task of “leaving offspring” , as the main one, is considered evolutionism in science. So in order not to make eclecticism (mixing contradictory concepts), let's see what the same evolutionists have about consciousness. (I take A. Revonsuo's book “Psychology of Consciousness” and look there…)

    And there is a theory of the global workspace. It says that we have a huge number of unconscious processes running in parallel in the brain, and only the most important and significant ones (the most energy-intensive and possibly conflicting ones) reach consciousness. Consciousness is necessary for complex cognitive (cognitive) processing of material. What is worthy of increased attention gets into consciousness. And consciousness, as we know it subjectively , is only an unavoidable property.�

    Then it's easier. What should we pay attention to in order to survive (evolutionism)? Yes, in fact, on what plays a role for better survival… whether it's tigers in courses in the Paleolithic or stock quotes in the modern world. The main thing is to play an important role…

    The author of the theory calls consciousness metaphorically “mass media” in the brain, because what has entered consciousness plays a role for the execution of all other multiple parallel processes.

    Very brief retelling) For more information, see chapter 11 of the book.

    I must say that this theory is quite coherent, it does not contradict either the earlier theory of consciousness-attention, or the theory of” multiple consciousnesses”, or neurophysiological data.

  2. A person solves a huge list of tasks – his personal and natural, solves explicitly / consciously and implicitly/subconsciously.

    Offspring is just one of the many tasks of life.

  3. Because the evolution of thousands of years keeps us afloat not for the sake of “oh, I'm so wonderful, I'm so unique”, but for the sake that we would live so much that it would be enough to give birth to the one who will be after us. Survival of the genus is important, not individual survival.

  4. The principle of evolution is such that a “random” mutation occurs when copying genes, if the mutation is useful, the individual has a better chance of surviving and giving offspring, so those primates who were slightly smarter than their relatives and other species survived and gave offspring more often than their near-minded ones, so the trait took root and developed for millions of years. The advantages of a developed brain are obvious: we can solve more complex life problems, we can form groups and cooperate for more efficient hunting and survival, we can make auxiliary tools from spears and hammers to nuclear bombs and large hadron colliders. The processing power of our brain and the oddities of its thinking have become so great that it can afford to think about things more interesting than banal survival, so there is science, philosophy, religion, art and much more that other species do not have.

  5. I am deeply convinced that, thanks to the efforts of historians, they have missed one or more connecting links in the process of evolution. Darwin's theory does not hold water. I prefer the theory of the extraterrestrial origin of man, when the aliens who moved to Earth due to some cataclysm on their planet, were forced to survive here, and since the use of their technologies required a lot of resources, they created us, humans, exclusively for rough physical work, but with the ability to evolve, which man did, passing through many epochs. Ancient aliens put consciousness into ancient people so that people could do their work consciously. Extraterrestrials have long been extinct (they flew away, hid in the bowels or in the water environment of the Earth, were reborn), and man has preserved their gift-consciousness.

  6. I think that having consciousness is a strong evolutionary advantage over other species. I'm afraid I won't be able to prove this thesis, but on the other hand, look around, we killed all the animals, which is not proof of superiority. We're fighting so hard for survival, apparently.

  7. Maybe people are not given consciousness for something, it's just that people are the highest beings on this planet and with such a large and complex brain structure, I think consciousness is more of a side effect.

  8. Consciousness is a side effect of a mechanism that helps predict the behavior of other pack members. It is observed in many gregarious animals. To have an advantage over other pack members, you need to be able to predict their behavior. To accurately predict their behavior, you need to be able to put yourself in their shoes, understand what they see and what they don't, what information they have and what they don't have, and what they will take further actions based on. Today, it is believed that self-awareness (or simply consciousness) this is a side effect of the development and improvement of this mechanism in the course of evolution.

    As the behavior of other members of the pack became more complex, the mechanism that predicts their behavior also became more complex. At some point, this mechanism began to project not only on their behavior, but also on its own, giving the brain the features that we now attribute to consciousness.

  9. I'm afraid that I shouldn't have been asked, and I won't be able to answer the question properly. But I do not agree with the fact that a person lives in order to leave offspring. That's why we have the consciousness that we can create, create, make dreams come true. Why limit yourself to just “leaving” offspring? After all, you can fly into space, sink to the bottom of the ocean, split an atom, become a person, after all, and not just an incubator for subsequent living organisms.

  10. Consciousness allows us to make a choice. Leave offspring based on a rational choice of partner…more precisely, the” characteristics ” of this partner.the opinion is purely subjective.

  11. When Adam ate the apple (the monkey got to his feet, took the tool), that is, separated good from evil, man became free. Thus, we need consciousness for freedom! However, as you understand, total freedom (and after all, a person “enjoys” good, is drawn to evil) leads a person to sin. Therefore, there are and were moral skills for a person. So total freedom is the fruit of sin (take Amsterdam). I am for moral freedom!

  12. A person needs consciousness in order to leave offspring. 🙂 Consciousness helps to survive to reproductive age, find a partner for reproduction, and ensure the child's survival and safety before reaching the age of legal capacity.

    Without consciousness, it is difficult to complete this long-term (10-15 years) program.:)

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