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About Nocturne

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  1. Nocturne added a post in a topic Consciousness survives death   


    While I have heard some people suggest something along these lines, I think most atheists simply believe that conscious experience simply ceases altogether upon death. While your criticism of this precise statement is perfectly valid - that it contains hidden premises which render it self-contradictory - I just don't think that this is what most atheists believe, at least those who have given that atheism a little thought.

    The subjective experience of consciousness certainly seems to begin; it isn't like flicking a switch, it's not as though oneday we suddenly are conscious, but we certainly become conscious, there is no reason to think that we aren't to simply cease being conscious upon death.

    Conscious is reducible, damage to our brain is capable of picking off aspects of consciousness individually. Particularly interesting are blind-sighted individuals, who are consciously blind to a portion of their visual field, though if forced to guess an image displayed in that blind portion, get the right answer a disproportionate amount of the time.

    Anyway, if consciousness is reducible to smaller 'elements' then you have a problem, do bits of our consciousness individually die? do they individually pass on as part of this continuum of eternal consciousness?

    Isn't that an oxymoron? I take it you mean hat consciousness survives bodily death, but then you have just posed the old mind-body problem, how does consciousness exist causally independent of the body?

    Personally, the idea that consciousness is irreducible to the goings on in our brains is fine with me, but I cannot see how you can escape the fact that consciousness' existence seems dependent up the body/brain.

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  2. Nocturne added a post in a topic How did you get here?   

    The link is certainly there, under Teleological Arguments for God's Existence. The link directs to a specific thread started by davidm.
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  3. Nocturne added a post in a topic Usernames!   

    I usually use an owl avatar on other forums I have visited, so Nocturne seemed an appropriate screename.

    The reason why I am not using the same avatar at the moment is simply because it was bigger than is allowed, so I might find an alternative in due time.

    Note: If you are reading this and I have an owl avatar, you may be confused. The avatar I am using upon making this post of Bender from Futurama wearing a top hat.
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  4. Nocturne added a post in a topic How did you get here?   

    I found this site after following the links page at Talk Design.
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  5. Nocturne added a post in a topic Introduce yourself here...   


    I am quite happy to of stumbled upon this place, seems to be full of thoughtful, civilised and interesting people.
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