This is going to be a bit of a draft post for an idea, that, when i get the time, I will want to explore heavily. But for now I want to outline what seems to be the emerging philosophical path to god. Firstly I request that you eliminate the concept of God that is currently in your head. This is not the path to a big bearded geezer sitting on a throne in a cloud. If this is your understanding of God you need to do some serious revision. This is going to be an attempt at outlining a path to something that we can represent as divine or of a higher order. I will attempt no further interpretation. The first step comes in what is known as the hard problem of consciousness. The hard problem of consciousness is why do sentient beings, such as me and you have conscious states of happiness or pain and experience of qualia (colour, sharpness etc). Part of the problem comes from the fact that we are seemingly made up of non-sentient physical parts but have a property that them parts do not have
how is it that X --> Y (Y comes from X) but Y contains something that X does not.
While it may be possible to explain all of the physical processes and why we react the way we do to the environment why is everything we do accompanied by a feeling of experience? One step that is being favoured lately is that consciousness is actually part of the physical constituents that make up reality. This idea is called pan-psychism. Pan-psychism essentially states that X, as in the previous example, does have the properties of experience and that Y (sentient beings) is a collection of these conscious building blocks that constitutes something that can experience. Pan-psychism does have it's own problems. For example the combination problem. Why is it then that our specific combination of atoms and neurons etc in the brain give rise to experience. Why, does something like the sun not seem to experience things. That is, after-all, a large collection of supposedly conscious atoms. The step here can then be to bite the bullet a bit and adopt Whitehead's pan-experientialism which is the same as pan-psychism except the pervasive feature in everything is not consciousness, it is experience itself. The concept then, is that experience is a pervasive feature throughout the macro-micro processes composing the world. Whitehead when attempting to explain these things draws to certain phenomenons in nature such as spatio-temporal relativity, quantum non-locality and self organisation in cells. explanations of these phenomenon will be saved for when i decide to expand on this post. However for those intrigued you can search them yourselves. Anyway! Back on the path! If then we have managed to escape the hard problem of consciousness onto panpsychism and then go from the combination problem to pan-experientialism. Then we are left with a world view that very much see's the universe as this interconnected living thing of some kind. The hippy's back in the 60's were always spouting that "we're all connected maaan" Maybe they had it right! Thus from this image of pan-experientialism you get to pantheism Which identifies god with the universe. From here further steps can be explored as to weather nature, then, is dependent on a transcendent god. Thus the first draft to my path to god is complete. I envision in the end works to not only expand heavily on this philosophical path, but also outline a psychological/psychoanalytical interpretation. Namaste.