I’ve already have a thread of being a Competant Theist, but I thought a more scientific approach might be an interesting topic of discussion about reality, existence, and one of, if not the most important aspect, consciousness. I exist, I am aware. What am I? Despite fairly advanced technology (from our perspective and spectrum of knowledge) we don’t know what the origin of our consciousness is. We presume that it originates in our brains, our central biological computer, but my understanding is that it’s exact source and function is a mystery. It can’t be pinpointed as any particular function of any specific part of the brain. If you know otherwise, please jump in! Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Consciousness https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/consciousness/ Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness? https://www.theguardian.com/science...ds-greatest-minds-solve-mystery-consciousness the Hard Problem of Consciousness – and it’s this: why on earth should all those complicated brain processes feel like anything from the inside? Why aren’t we just brilliant robots, capable of retaining information, of responding to noises and smells and hot saucepans, but dark inside, lacking an inner life? And how does the brain manage it? How could the 1.4kg lump of moist, pinkish-beige tissue inside your skull give rise to something as mysterious as the experience of being that pinkish-beige lump, and the body to which it is attached? ————————————————— Part 1: What is real vs artificial? How is real defined? Part 2: What is the essence of our self awareness? What makes us different than a toaster? Is there an unknown element that makes us different from a machine with sensors? What is required to attain consciousness? Could an advanced computer, with the computational ability to match or exceed a human brain, supplied with equivalent sensors achieve self awareness, consider it’s existence, and regard itself as “I”? Part 3: Are we living in reality or a glorified simulation? How would we know? Or is this not worth contemplating? If intrigued this would be the Matrix effect to some degree, which helps if you have watched the Matrix (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Matrix). We could very well be living in an advanced biology based simulation. What do you think?