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I’ve read quite a few fantastic or incomprehensible passages in my years of reading philosophy, but here is one of the best:

“[N]eutral monism might be consistently combined with some version of panprotopsychism … according to which the proto-mental aspects of micro-constituents can give rise under suitable conditions of combination to full blown consciousness.”

In other words, there might be a kind of magical dust which when combined with the grey matter in your brain makes you conscious.  This was taken from the Standard Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Consciousness, Section 8.1 (Dualist Theories): http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/consciousness/#8.1.


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