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Old 07-18-2010, 10:18 AM
 
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Originally Posted by MrSykes View Post
Indeed, consciousness is the very "symbol" that represents God inasmuch as we posit ourselves as created "in God's image". There cannot be a transcendence toward God (intuitive or otherwise) but through the direct observation and interpretation of concrete "instances" of consciousness "in action". The field of psychophysics for example represents just one way in which we have tried to encapsulate consciousness as a distinct, "quantifiable" entity. More broadly, though, consciousness in its very structure exists "for itself", and there is really nothing that logically prevents us from positing consciousness itself as an object that would lend itself to symbolization.
This is backwards from your analogy to mathematical symbols. We see objects, and label their properties with symbols. If the analogy fit, we would see God, and label its properties as our consciousness. But that's not what happens, so the analogy fails. Consciousness is more like another "object" (or an object's properties) for us to symbolize with language rather than a symbol itself.
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