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PSI-psychism Predicts A God: But Is There Evidence?  Colin Morrison (QualiaFish Publications, Cupar, Fife United Kingdom)   P1

Position Selecting Interactionism (PSI-psychism), the theory of consciousness developed in my 2016 book THE BLIND MINDMAKER, remains the only theory of consciousness that requires zero functionalism. It fully accounts for human experience in a way that is most like how science accounts for the most similar successfully explained phenomenon. As such it would be fair to describe it as the most scientifically defensible explanation of consciousness. Yet that highly defensible theory predicts the existence of a consciousness that experiences everything there is. It also indicates that this universe-wide consciousness will never forget the past and will be able to act according to its memories. Having all information available to it at every moment, such a being must for this reason be incredibly intelligent. That most scientific theory of consciousness thus predicts a God. However, it cannot tell us what that God would do. The only way we could know that is if God actually chose to tell us himself (or herself). But how would we recognise such a communication? If God just spoke to us in a dream, how would we know it was real? Of course, he could give us information we could check out later and discover to be true. However, confirming his presence to all humans in such a way would be extremely inefficient. People naturally wouldn't believe such accounts, so God would have to inspire such dreams in everyone. But even then, after a few years people would begin to doubt their experience. A far better way would be for God to leave a public message. But how would humans know that message was genuine? In my latest book SURPRISED BY THE POWER OF DANIEL, I argue that God solved this problem a long time ago. God decided that the best way was to inspire a prophecy that was detailed enough to specify the occurrence of rare and momentous events in a specific and narrow window of time in the very distant future - events that humans wouldn't be able to deliberately engineer. He then ensured that only one interpretation of that prophecy was justified by its content and context. He did this by allowing a propagandist, who understood it correctly, to include it in his work as a prediction of his readers' future, thereby ensuring that his (correct) interpretation, together with his date of writing, became clearly evidenced by the prophecy's context at a time almost two centuries before it was due to come true. And finally, God made certain that this specific and extremely unlikely prediction really did come to pass at precisely that predicted moment. Since the required events were far too momentous and terrible for humans to successfully engineer, the fulfilment of that prophecy can only be attributed to God (aliens would gain nothing from fulfilling it). And since the events it predicted, and the manner in which they were predicted, clearly endorse a particular religious message, we can conclude that we have strong grounds to believe that message to be genuine.