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The Existence Framework: Existence as the Carrier of Consciousness and a Fundamental Element of the Universe  Richard Blum (Computer Science, Coastal Carolina University - Retired, Myrtle Beach, SC )   P1

The Existence Framework offers a new paradigm for understanding consciousness by integrating concepts from physics, neuroscience, computer science, psychology, and spirituality. The fact that modern-day physics offers no known correlate for consciousness suggests there might be a yet-undetected element of the universe that can account for it. The framework proposes such an element and links it to a new spiritually based cognitive model. Although physics is unable to offer insight into the nature of consciousness, in-depth exploration of the mind through meditation can. Spiritual revelations throughout the ages describe an ultimate, transcendent state of pure being, in which consciousness exists independently of anything physical. Consciousness is experienced as the awareness of self-existence. Self and existence, therefore, define consciousness. In order to understand human consciousness, the link between self and existence within the mind and brain must be discovered. The sense-of-self is a construct of the mind. And, it is proposed that existence is not merely a construct, but rather the undetected element of the universe that accounts for consciousness. In the Existence Framework, existence serves as the building block for everything including time, space, energy, and matter. Its only attribute is to either exist or to not exist, and is therefore referred to as an "existence particle." It is binary, like a computer bit, either on or off. Existence particles are conveyers of consciousness, but in a most limited form. According to the Existence Framework, the universe is hierarchically arranged and each successive level has a greater degree of consciousness. Time emerges from the bonding of existence particles, space emerges from interconnected time, and energy and matter are constructions of space-time. Existence particles reside therefore at the most fundamental level, then time and space, energy and matter, and finally life forms emerge. Each successive level represents a greater degree of complexity and as complexity increases, so too does consciousness. The highest degree of complexity is found within the human brain's neuronal networks which generate complete consciousness. In the Existence Framework's cognitive model, the sense-of-self is formed through complete integration of all aspects of experience. Thoughts, feelings, and sensory input are fused into one homogeneous experience. Independent neuronal systems that are optimized to perform specific tasks are interconnected at the highest level. Through a competitive process, various networks thrive to gain attention, and the dominant network represses others into subconsciousness. Complexity is reduced to oneness. The result is a single structure, the sense-of-self. Finally, it is proposed that just as an eye senses photons, the brain as one integrated organ has evolved the capacity to sense existence particles. The brain acts as a single, integrated organ when its vast interconnected neuronal networks form the sense-of-self. The resulting complexity of synchronized brain waves generates a unique electromagnetic field sensitive to existence. The perception of existence by the cognitive construct of the sense-of-self unites self and existence. The fusion of mind and existence generates human consciousness.