• Omnipresent Consciousness and Free Will

    Author(s):
    Claus Janew (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Subject(s):
    Consciousness, Philosophy, Philosophy of mind, Freedom, Creativity
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    free will, choice, decision, consciousness studies, panpsychism
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/t5j2-9239
    Abstract:
    This is not an attempt to explain consciousness in terms basically of quantum physics or neuro-biology. Instead I should like to place the term "Consciousness" on a broader footing. I shall therefore proceed from everyday reality, precisely where we experience ourselves as conscious beings. I shall use the term in such a general way as to resolve the question whether only a human being enjoys consciousness, or even a thermostat. Whilst the difference is considerable, it is not fundamental. Every effect exists in the perception of a consciousness. I elaborate on its freedom of choice (leading to free will), in my view the most important source of creativity, in a similarly general way. The problems associated with a really conscious decision do not disappear by mixing determination with a touch of coincidence. Both must enter into a higher unity. In so doing it will emerge that a certain degree of freedom of choice (or free will) is just as omnipresent as consciousness - an inherent part of reality itself.
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