THE TRUTH ABOUT HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS
 
The most important thing about us is that we are aware. That leads to notions that there is something non-physical in us that information from the senses goes to. We cannot touch our thoughts and they seem like spirits, non-material things, that we summon up.

Religion founds itself on this perception though there are exceptions. Some religions such as Mormonism hold that ultimately spirit is a material thing itself.

Free will is based on the notion that you have the power to transcend physical constraints or any constraints and do what you will.

These things happen because we are programmed to exaggerate how good our awareness is. We also trick ourselves on top of that.

Consciousness can be called “about-ness”. Its being aware of something. In fact being aware of your beloved partner entails some illusions. You are aware of things about them. Sounds. Traits. Shape. Smell. You have a picture of the person in your head. The list of things about them is endless. Yet each thing you think you know about them is more complicated than you realise. Its more about how you see it than anything else. There is far more to any person than what you can learn about them from talking to them every minute of your life. There is far more to what any person does than what you can learn from them by talking all that time. If they are a doctor, you know stuff that is very broadly accurate but that is all you can hope for. It is not as clear as you tell yourself.

It is warned that we must not think of consciousness as a pure or 100% reality. Psychologists tell us you do not need it for an action to be all yours. There are forces in you that you are not aware of that prepare for a possible thing you may do. There are unconscious forces at work WHEN you finally act. There are also non-conscious forces as well. For example, you may not realise you don’t have enough water taken and this is affecting your decision making. To be consciously acting is not JUST consciously acting and it does not matter. The notion of a pure consciousness is in fact so like the notion of a supernatural soul that it is not fit for any sensible or atheist or natural or secular anthropology or psychology.

Religionists try to argue that our power to have thoughts seems to be based on something non-physical. They say that your thoughts are not things in the physical sense therefore they are ultimately caused by something that is not a thing either such as the soul and the soul is caused by God who is a totally immaterial being. But to cause – whatever – does not mean that the cause has to be like the whatever. The wind causes the apple to fall but that does not mean the apple is made of air.
 
It is easy to see why we think our consciousness is magical and why we think it can survive death. It is anything but magical when you look at the facts.
 
As it poses as telling us more than it actually does, and as free will would require informed choice, it is not the great basis for free will it seems to be either.
 
If God created your soul and it is the same as your consciousness then God is a liar.