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THE RATIONAL EXPERIMENT

The sfxmc based theory is rational, coherent, scientific theory of conscious existence and identity. The acronym is an abbreviation for the five major concepts that the theory is based on. These concepts are: structure and functioning, ixperiencitness, itomultiplicity, and the itocontinuum.

Part of the basis for the sfxmc theory of conscious existence and identity are the results of a series of rational experiments concerning human bodies and their corresponding consciousnesses or minds.

The results of these experiments produce theories of consciousness that are scientific, mathematical, explanatory, predictive, useful, positive, optimistic, and as we are finding with many new ideas in science, unexpected, bizarre, and fascinating. Like many different scientific theories, these theories produce a change or paradigm shift in how we look at the universe and our place in it. The sciences based on the sfxmc theory and their moral, epistemological and technological applications, I believe, will have far reaching consequences for conscious beings and their societies.

The first basic question that Identireplica Theory of Consciousness deals with is "What is the difference between the consciousnesses (minds-- mentality) produced by two exactly structurally and functionally identical conscious bodies?". The answer, according to the Identireplica Theory of Consciousness is simply, there is no difference in the consciousness produced. The obvious second question is: Why is this question and answer important? This second question is much more complex and will be answered in many different ways through out this book. The simplest answer is that it is the foundation for a “beautiful” mathematical/scientific theory of consciousness, the mind and even theories of “life after death” based on our best scientific knowledge (scientific materialism). What is interesting is that we usually do not consider that scientific materialism can support any kind of a theory of “life after death”. But the rational/ empirical consequences of scientific materialism do support a very complex yet understandable theory of consciousness based itoimmortality.

The results that are predicted by psychexistology are empirically based, logical deductions from what we presently know about ourselves and our world through science and mathematics, but their consequences can be unprecedented and revolutionary-- a major paradigm shift in the way we think about ourselves and other conscious beings.

About Rational experiments

Scientists cannot physically perform (many of) the experiments that the identity theory of consciousness is based on at this time because of their complexity. But, because of their importance toward understanding our mind’s, consciousness, and ourselves, they need to be examined carefully. What we can do is perform what are called rational experiments. A rational experiment is like a computer simulation or a mathematical proof. The results of a rational experiment, mathematical proof or computer simulation are only as valid as are the original assumptions, axioms, information or input data, language, structure of the processing, the logic used, and its coherence with the rest of science. Scientists have used, through history, rational experiments for many reasons and in many situations. Galileo [1] used a rational experiment to show that heavy objects would fall at the same speed as lighter objects in a vacuum. Galileo had to use a rational experiment because he could not create a vacuum to produce the actual experiments in.

A rational experiment is an experiment that is carried out logically in an ideal setting, a setting that we may only be able to create theoretically. The rational experiment can allow an experiment to be set up on the drawing board, so to speak, before it is actually performed (if it can be). It allows the scientist to check out ahead of time problems that might occur with the experiment and make appropriate changes in the experiment. Rational experiments are nothing new to science and are an integral part of scientific hypothesis and theory making. Most theoretical sciences are based on rational experiments before the actual experiments can be done. This allows experiments to be designed that can either support or refute scientific theories. Seldom are the results of these rational experiments totally correct in relation to the actual experimental results. However, they usually serve the purpose of creating hypothesis that science can go on to verify or refute; leading in the end to better predictive and explanatory scientific theories.

There are many types and versions of rational experiments that can be developed and used. The reason that the identity theory of consciousness is based on rational experiments rather than actual experiments is because the actual experiments cannot yet be performed due to the complexity of biological systems that produce consciousness. I believe that some day these experiments can be done or approximated so this theory can be directly tested and verified.

What the rational experiments in this book are based on is a scientific - materialistic view of consciousness. Which is that consciousness can be understood in the terms of the structure and functioning of matter and energy.What is used to support the consequences of the theory is our current scientific knowledge of consciousness, the brain and nervous system, the body, matter, and energy.

Any theory that does not have some possibility of being proved incorrect is not a scientific theory. Taken as a whole, there is overwhelming evidence for this theory. Because it is logically coherent with and supported by current scientific knowledge. But in reality, until we know everything we know nothing for certain.