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On the Nature of Being

About this website

The primary aim of this website is to act in support of a book titled On the Nature of Being: A personal exploration into the origins of consciousness. The book explores a variant of the dual-aspect theory to arrive at a possible explanation for how the conscious experience (us in other words) can be a natural aspect of the real world.

The dual-aspect theory, though not at the forefront of public awareness, has, in various forms, occupied philosophers through history and continues to be a subject of investigation. It argues that mind (mental states) and body (physical states) are aspects of the same fabric of existence. On the Nature of Being... provides this theory with an explanation by showing how a primitive of consciousness, namely a subjective experience, can be considered as a form of existence that is indistinguishable from the existence of the processing going on within the control centres of a host entity.

By way of support, this site provides a brief outline of the central argument and also a list of short articles addressing various points of the argument that might benefit from further discussion. As a stand-alone source, this site should provide enough information for an insight into this explanation of the dual-aspect theory. The page of short articles will be extended as the need arises, and a correspondence page will also be updated to answer readers questions and other feedback.

The book itself is currently available through Amazon books in both electronic and printed form. As the author, one might expect book sales to be a driving force, and that would be an undeniable bonus, but it cannot be my first concern. The important thing is to get these ideas, or at least the general concept of the dual-aspect theory, instilled in the mindset of the public audience. Additionally, as I have come to realise, some sections of the book contain parts that are difficult to follow without already being versed in the subject, hence this site is also intended to help in that respect.

I feel I should add a note concerning my fears with regard to this project. I have not formally studied philosophy, though I have studied mathematics and aspects of artificial intelligence. In light of this, what I have to say must be weighed appropriately against other ideas on the same subject. That said, however, after years of writing, trawling the web for information and criticism from friends and associates, I have yet to find anything to stand as an outright falsification of the explanation being put forward. In fact the situation is better than that since the explanation falls into line with the philosophical stance taken among various qualified individuals today. Even so, it is with some trepidation that I present this website. I hope at the very least you find it interesting.

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