I was thinking about conciousness and what it would take for someone to be self-aware. While pondering it, I had an epiphany.
Here are my three "Laws" on Self-awareness and Personal Identity.
Ryan Glynn's Laws on Personal Identity 1. Matter can be converted to energy and vice versa. Therefore they are the same. Therefore, matter and energy are different configurations of the same thing. I will coin the term for this building block from which matter and energy are comprised of as "Information". Matter is a configuration used to save information, energy is a configuration used to read information. When energy is sent through matter, information is read. Since both energy and matter are the same, the information is reading itself. Anything that is capable of reading itself is capable of being self aware.
2.The inherent state of information is chaotic, but it can be ordered. When ordered information is read, There is an inherent state of self-awareness pervading that matter. Such as human conciousness.
3.Particles can only interact with particles that share a direct physical connection (No strange action at a distance). Particles that are in proximity to one another can affect each other physically, therefore they can also share consciousness.
No, I have no way of proving it to be true other than my common sense and good judgement. The theory makes few if any assumptions. I have it reasoned down to the level of "I think, therefore I am".
Anyway, I added some more in depth explanation of my theory here it is:
Any time a particle exacts an influence on another particle, those two particles can be considered to be one string of information. Generally, chaotic particles are not able to form a cohesive structure to make sense of the information of other nearby particles. However, if a structure is complex enough, it is able to make sense of the information. Once it is able to make sense of the information, it is self-aware of that information inherently because it becomes part of it's own structure.
When a human recieves external stimulae, such as light entering the eye. That light becomes part of the information structure.
Computers are not conscious because computers do not compile down to the level of the information structure. When computers read data, that data is compiled into machine language, that the computer can understand. Machine Language is a higher level language than the language of the information structure. Machine Language sounds pretty primitive, but it is never compiled down to the information structure level, the lowest level.