DailyDirt: Math & The Mind

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Math is simultaneously illusory and real. On the one hand, it's a set of arbitrary symbols and chosen rules that can be modified and manipulated as we see fit, since it's just a human invention; on the other hand, the patterns it identifies and describes have intrinsic reality and significance. The same could almost be said about the concept of the human mind — so where the two intersect, there are fascinating things to be learned:

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    John Fenderson (profile), 6 Jun 2014 @ 9:08am

    Re: Consciousness Is An Illusion

    Consciousness is nothing more or less than a kind of self-awareness. There is no paradox in it.

    I think that the illusion that you're thinking of is that the "part" of us that is conscious is the part that is completely in control -- but that's only tangentially related to consciousness itself.

    The proof that consciousness is not illusory is that we have enough self awareness to wonder if consciousness is illusory. "I think therefore I am" applies here.

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