"Why does consciousness, in any form, exist at all?"

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Mon, Oct 20th, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With consciousness at the "core of our very existence," theoretical psychologist Professor Nicholas Humphrey wants to know how it came to evolve and whether it is real or "an illusion manufactured in the theatre of our minds."

In this video theoretical psychologist Professor Nicholas Humphrey asks whether consciousness could all be an illusion. Could it be a mirage constructed in the theatre of our minds? Perhaps the questions we should ask are not centred on sensations themselves, but merely on the appearance of those sensations.

And why does consciousness, in any form, exist at all? How did it evolve? The answer might lie in our social interactions. Consciousness elevates our interpretation of the world and the people around us. It alters our psychological profile and breathes joy into our experiences, and makes us value life itself.

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