CNXNS

  • aka:: Spirit, Atman, Brahman, SatΒ·ChitΒ·Ananda, I Am, All-that-is, What-is, The Cosmic Egg, Ouroboros, a Strange Loop
  • def:: The subjective experience of the ultimate, unchanging reality
  • etymology:: from the Latin conscire meaning "to know with others or in oneself"
  • 2018-05-11
    • According to Uncle paraphrasing-campbell with the mighty notes-on-my-big-toe, the Absolute Unbounded Oneness (AUO) is the apparently infinite source of our larger reality.
      • AUO is simultaneously everything and nothing, all potential and no differentiation.
      • When AUO differentiates as it follows the Fundamental Process of evolution toward higher quality and lower entropy, AUO becomes Absolute Unbounded Manifold (AUM). #tao-te-ching
        • AUM is functionally Consciousness in its true, whole form.
        • We are individuated differentiations of AUM.
    • According to steve-kaufman, CNXNS is existence coming to exist in relation to itself. It is absolutely everywhere and thus nowhere.
      • When CNXNS is localized to somewhere relative to somewhere else, it becomes awareness.
      • CNXNS is unbound, borderless, undefined existence driven by unconditional love to evolve and differentiate so it can experience and enjoy itself.
      • "[C]onsciousness evolves into the awareness of experience by repetitively and progressively forming relationships with itself."
      • Consciousness has localized, individuated, and differentiated (to borrow the nomenclature of steve-kaufman) into innumerable forms.
        • It is our charge, as points of awareness to recognize and interact with each other with love for the enjoyment of the spirit we share.
        • Anywhere you see attention being paid or set intent exercised, there is someone to meet, something to understand, a potential playmate.
        • Any drop of awareness can become internally reflective and lose sight of its true nature, so we cannot expect every one to know ourself and to be playful.
          • But love breeds love, so lead with that.
    • If Consciousness is a diamond then we nodes of awareness are its facets.
      • You cannot perceive or experience consciousness as a whole, as absolute existence, because you are consciousness and are not relative to it in order to experience it. #relativity
    • If Consciousness is an ocean, then you are a single drop of that ocean water swimming in the ocean.
    • Consciousness is the only thing and everything, yet indefinable and inexperienceable, thus not a thing. #no-thing
    • In the West, medicine and neuroscience consider consciousness to be "a state of being awake and aware of one's surroundings".
    • Antonio Damasio offers a three-tiered model of cnxns in which
      • any being that responds to its environment in its own interest qualifies for the first tier: the Protoself
        • Even single-celled organisms, even viruses, possess a Protoself.
        • From my perspective, even a lick of awareness is enough to get you in the consciousness club. I stand with Giulio Tononi and the proponents of integrated-information-theory who mathematically model and measure the consciousness of any contour of spacetime as a quantity phi ΙΈ.
          • There is no arbitrary bar above which beings (or contours) are conscious and below which they are just quirky and randomly wiggling.
      • Life-forms that have a sense of self in the present moment or projected into the past and the future are even more conscious. (This is more accurately termed self-consciousness.)
    • According to Anil Seth, the CNXNS of any being has:
      • a level between dead and hyperconscious (which might be psychotic, epileptic, or autistic, etc.),
      • content in the form of sensations and predictions that comprise perception, and
      • a sense of self that may be physical, perspectival, volitional, narrative, or social.
CNXNS