Meaning does not necessarily entail any phenomenological consciousness, but consciousness might owe its emergence in part to meaning drawing it out.
There is meaning in life, at least in human life. Is there meaning in other life? I propose that there is but that–as is the case with consciousness–simpler organisms have simpler, prototypical features of meaning.
Whenever we notice a useful function–memory, vision, audition, emotion, language, abstraction–we should be immediately reminded that this function followed a long and wending path to be so ubiquitous that we notice it at all. Much has been said about the origins of these and each has sparked a
Rightness and meaning - fringe and focus
This is for the Effective Altruism red-teaming activity. I’ll be honest: still don’t quite know what that means. But I hope everyone can get some value out of this! Meaning, fast and slow While it’s correct to say that we care about freedom, health, and being
Part 1: Developing meaning dynamics Meaning in life is a complex dynamical process. Not only does mankind “search for meaning”—it also finds meaning in every moment. This meaning does not reveal itself as a series of properties of static objects in some objective universe, but through the direct experience