I read an article on conscience that noted it was universal. So adding to many popular beliefs, you die, you cease, you are but a memory to those around you. "You" are gone. But conscience exists in ALL living things. You're right, nothing can't exist. Think of it like sleeping (died), then waking up and you're in a cradle and you had your first thought. "I think, therefore I am".
All living things associate their life with meaning. It's a part of survival and instinct. This idea has been an aspect of us throughout history. It could be false. You were born into this world as a result of nature, created from particle matter that built your brain, the construct of your thought. And then you became. But use the word "you" loosely, because you're a small part of you.
Something interesting I watched on TED talks-- The brain's neurons are said to realize decisions after they were made, so, technically free will is an illusion.
do you have a link to that article? as far as i know, science has proven that only human beings have self consciousness.
and i understand what you're saying about being created from matter that physically built your body and brain, but there's more to life than just physical existence. human beings are the only creatures with spirituality, as well. it comes with the self conciousness - the understanding that we are what we are, right here, right now. i believe that the physical aspect of our beings are a type of infrastructure to support the spiritual world. think of it like you're using the internet. you can do anything on the internet. it's an entire world in front of you, but it's not physically there, yet a physical infrastructure (hardware) is what keeps it running.
that's part of one theory i came up with a long time ago, which basically compares life to the internet. let me explain.
think of this forum as a big room. we each come here to share our thoughts, but to you, i'm only BWAL. you see the words i type and you have a general sense of my persona, but you've never met me, so you don't know all the details of my real-life being.
narrow your mind a bit for a second and imagine the world of the internet being the only thing that exists. you can "travel" to different places, you can "meet" different people, yet it's only a watered down version of what is actually real. you can watch burnout videos on youtube, but you can't smell the smoke. you can cyber with a girl, but you're still not experiencing the pleasure of actually having sex with her.
that "less than real" world (the internet) is supported by physical hardware. you know, actual wires connected to other shit. but you can't get on the internet without a device capable of doing so (implying our physical beings are capable of experiencing spirituality due to the technicality of physics).
so assuming they can be compared, that could mean that we're living in a slightly watered down world of what is real. then you may ask "what is REALLY real?" well, i would imagine that it would be something like the guy talked about in the video mr. burton posted. emotions are deeper, colors are more vibrant, etc.
if that holds true, strictly physically speaking, due to the laws of nature in the three dimensional "real" world, we wouldn't have bodies like we do now, it would be impossible, because the variables don't exist for us to form that way, so we'd exist in another way, most likely what we now consider to be "strictly spiritual"
so going back to what i was saying before, when i talk on this forum, if i express emotion, that's my physical self communicating my real life emotions to my online entity. what you're feeling in the "above" life may be being relayed down to your current physical self by means of physical catalysts such as dopamine and seratonin being released in the brain, for example, much like the way a computer program's coding is the "(less than) physical catalyst" that allows the program to complete its task at hand.
now some bright minds invented the whole concept that we refer to as the internet. does that mean that something created our "reality?"
for simplicity, let's say bill gates invented the internet and everything computer related. if i'm having internet problems, i can physically go and talk to bill gates, and he can give me knowledge that i previously didn't have about computers or the internet. i can then take that given knowledge and apply it my computer usage, and maybe do things that most other casual computer users don't know how to do.
but still, i'm just a person, and bill gates is just a person. he'd just be a person who invented the whole sub world of the internet. would that mean that our "higher" selves are really on the same level as god, and all we have to do is find him spiritually to be able to have what would be the equivalent of "badass hacks" in our real world? things like enlightenment maybe?
i don't know if any of this even makes any sense at all, but i'm tired, and only half assedly remember that theory. i wrote down all the details when i first thought it up but i don't know what i did with it.
I strongly believe that the big bang theory is much more believable than the creation theory. Is there any concrete evidence that proves God created Earth? No. Is there proof that proves the big bang/evolution theory? Yes. How do Polar Bears survive in the Arctic while other bears hibernate during the winter? Why is the cave-dwelling Blind Salamander in fact blind, while other salamanders are not? Why do birds of the same species have different shaped beaks? Because each species has spent their entire existence adapting to their environment so they can survive.
science can coexist in a world with sprituality, god, an afterlife, etc. i believe in the big bang, too. if anything, that whole concept alone proves the existence of a higher being. going by the big bang theory, a densely compressed ball of matter exploded. not only did it explode like a normal explosion, but it kept expanding at a faster and faster rate. the universe is growing faster now than it did a billion years ago.
but since time and space is relative, if the big bang theory is true, this little compressed ball of matter technically didn't exist in the beginning, since there was no time and there was no space. things don't just come into existence, as per laws of nature. the mere existence of our universe is theoretically impossible.
now i think that when people say "god" created the earth, they're correct in the sense that he or it provided the catalyst for it to form and exist and eventually harbor life, but they're thinking on way too small of a scale.
self consciousness shouldn't exist either. why does it exist? there is no law of nature to apply to explain self consciousness. that, to me, would also prove that there is a higher being, or form, or "god" or what have you.
the rest of the things you mentioned are all evolutionary traits. those things can be used to disprove the hardcore religious believers, but still, evolution is a real, natural thing. it's the laws of nature at work. that doesn't disprove god, just things that are mentioned in some religious texts
i've been drinking a little and what i'm trying to say makes sense in my mind, but sorry if it's just a bunch of jumbled bullshit lol