Within this website I explore whether there is a spiritual realm, a supernatural realm, containing God, mind, souls, consciousness with its contents (ideas, emotions, love, reason, etc) — this, from a purely philosophical and unreligious point of view. I first assume there is a spiritual realm so as to explore the implications; then I present my conclusions (in this article and related articles).
Surely science will discover more about consciousness and mind. Perhaps there are additional quantum fields? Perhaps the universe in its nature is both mathematical and conscious? Perhaps qualia is generated somehow by moving electrons in certain configurations or certain kinds of quantum mechanical interactions?
The functioning brain generates: consciousness with its contents (ideas, feelings, emotions, cognition, etc), mind, mathematics, rationality, the sense of self, etc. There is no soul residing in a spiritual realm.
It seems odd that a physical organ generates seemingly non-physical phenomena, especially subjective experiential phenomena such as consciousness. Its ability to do this is built-in, as a part of the nature of the universe (along with other such crazy phenomena as time, space, energy, entropy).
Things have an appearance of design, of purpose, of meaning. This implies the existence of an intelligent designer. But there is no such thing. The brain generates mind which generates consciousness which generates the sense of design, purpose, meaning. Why this is, can't be explained.
It seems the initial conditions of the universe are sufficient to explain all that exists. The laws of entropy, the quantum fields, the conservation of energy, the force of gravity, space, time, etc. These things are not better explained by invoking God.
When living life day to day, even atheists speak as if there is a soul and spirit. These things form the most important aspects of living: our relationships, our well-being, our desire to accomplish things and be successful and happy.
Free will and creativity spring from the randomness of quantum mechanics wave function collapse (this is my working assumption of their source). We can't predict the outcome and we assume it's from us. Based on this, I suspect we will discover that the subjective experience of consciousness arises from this randomness (although I've since thought of another possible source). Ditto for mind.
A new term I should use for hard science, or the scope of knowledge and truth of atheists.