Consciousness, the mental phenomenon of our subjective experience of the world, has long been the subject of philosophical debate. The world we experience is full of sights, sounds, taste, smells, and feelings--phenomenal experiences. As the vehicle of phenomenal experience, consciousness is one of the most familiar and readily accessible features of our world, and perhaps the hardest to deny. Yet science tells us that our world is entirely composed of matter and energy, and physical phenomena can be explained as just that. In Part I, I argue that consciousness stands wholly at odds with this scientistic worldview, providing evidence against physicalism, the doctrine that everything that exists depends exclusively upon the physical world. In Part II, I argue that consciousness provides evidence in favor of theism. By postulating a conscious Creator of the world, theism explains consciousness precisely where physicalism fails.
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Dobler, Benjamin, "Explaining Consciousness: an Argument against Physicalism and an Argument for Theism" (2015). Honors Projects. 167.