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#1    StarMountainKid

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 03:24 PM

Why was I born, and why now and not at some other time?

This is probably an unanswerable question to ask, but why is my consciousness that I recognize as “me” existing at all? Any why in this present, and not at some other time in the past or future?

Of all the babies born in history, why was this particular one me and not someone else, as all the other babies have been? I have no answer to this question, maybe someone can come up with an explanation.

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 03:28 PM

It's a toss of the genetic coin.
Consciousness apparently relies totally on brain function. No brain, no consciousness.

You only recognize yourself as being alive because you are. As a human you are in a civilization that focuses on being aware of this fleeting sensation.

Why was any of us born. Who knows and further, why should it matter?


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 03:38 PM

The answer is in Sirens of Titan by Vonnegut

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 04:06 PM

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The answer is in Sirens of Titan by Vonnegut

So I should thank the Tralfamadorians for being a pawn in their plan to repair Salo's ship so he can deliver an insipid message to some random intelligent species in the depths of space? Actually, this makes just as much sense to me as any other explanation.

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 04:18 PM

View PostStarMountainKid, on 27 August 2013 - 03:24 PM, said:

Why was I born, and why now and not at some other time?

This is probably an unanswerable question to ask, but why is my consciousness that I recognize as “me” existing at all? Any why in this present, and not at some other time in the past or future?

Of all the babies born in history, why was this particular one me and not someone else, as all the other babies have been? I have no answer to this question, maybe someone can come up with an explanation.
Maybe it was just your turn


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 05:33 PM

Well, if you look at things in the long term our entire purpose of existing is just to bring on the next generation, so they can one day exist.  Existence is a self-serving thing that really has no deeper meaning than to just try to continue existing.


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 05:57 PM

View PostStarMountainKid, on 27 August 2013 - 03:24 PM, said:

Why was I born, and why now and not at some other time?

This is probably an unanswerable question to ask, but why is my consciousness that I recognize as “me” existing at all? Any why in this present, and not at some other time in the past or future?

Of all the babies born in history, why was this particular one me and not someone else, as all the other babies have been? I have no answer to this question, maybe someone can come up with an explanation.

The simplest answer is that "you" weren't born, but "you" are the product of everything that has happened to you since baby StarMountainKid was born.

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 06:23 PM

During basic training, my Drill Sergeant used to scream that very question at me on the parade square, usually prefixed by the phrase, "You dozy little man!"

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 06:27 PM

View Postealdwita, on 27 August 2013 - 06:23 PM, said:

During basic training, my Drill Sergeant used to scream that very question at me on the parade square, usually prefixed by the phrase, "You dozy little man!"
Not to get off topic but my senior drill instructor was a big Samoan and the only words I could understand were,"You p*** me off"


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 06:32 PM

View PostRyu, on 27 August 2013 - 03:28 PM, said:

It's a toss of the genetic coin.
Consciousness apparently relies totally on brain function. No brain, no consciousness.

You only recognize yourself as being alive because you are. As a human you are in a civilization that focuses on being aware of this fleeting sensation.

Why was any of us born. Who knows and further, why should it matter?
I don't know that consciousness totally relies on brain function; it seems to me all that has been demonstrated is that brain is necessary.


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 06:33 PM

A more important question than why was I born is now that I do exist, what do I do?


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 06:34 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 27 August 2013 - 06:32 PM, said:

I don't know that consciousness totally relies on brain function; it seems to me all that has been demonstrated is that brain is necessary.
Are you saying a non-functioning brain could be conscious?


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:14 PM

View PostStarMountainKid, on 27 August 2013 - 03:24 PM, said:

Why was I born, and why now and not at some other time?

This is probably an unanswerable question to ask, but why is my consciousness that I recognize as “me” existing at all? Any why in this present, and not at some other time in the past or future?

Of all the babies born in history, why was this particular one me and not someone else, as all the other babies have been? I have no answer to this question, maybe someone can come up with an explanation.

Why not?


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:30 PM

My point is, isn't it strange that I (my personal consciousness) exist at all? I never existed before, how is it that I exist now? How could my personal consciousness just pop into existence in April 1944?

What are the odds that I as my personal awareness would exist at all, and at this specific date? It just seems astonishing to me that I exist, and an absolutely exceptional occurrence.

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:37 PM

What proof do you have that a brain exists other than as a concept in your mind?





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