I discovered one day that I was manifesting in a reality of atoms, that I did not create, as a conscious self-aware human experiencing life through perceptions created by cognition using a body-brain. The human was a living machine made of atoms that it seemed I controlled using just my thoughts. I became curious about existence and explored the reality of atoms using my thoughts. Eventually I found notes and an artifact that seemed to be very specifically about my experience and my life, and they seemed very unlikely to have just happened to manifest in a reality of atoms with me in it. It appeared as though a version of my consciousness had created the notes and artifacts long before I manifested, and it appeared as though I was expected to eventually find them. The notes were incomprehensible at first, but after many readings I realized they were instructions; descriptions of methods and technologies for constructing a device that could be used to examine the artifact.

Human
A human is a manifestation assembled and formed out of atoms using programs and codes like DNA that can manipulate molecules and atoms. The body-brain uses electrons to transfer information and uses cognition to filter and cook the data streams from the senses. Cognition is a self-learning feed-back system. Humans become conscious and self-aware when the body-brain has developed a sufficiently sophisticated cognition which can take several years.

Consciousness
If we assume that an individual consciousness is a thing and is not made of atoms, we can expect to discover a container (program) and an interface that the body-brain uses to interact with that consciousness. A body-brain does not need a self-aware individual consciousness to manifest, however, there is likely an advantage to having one. The perceptions that an individual consciousness realizes are created by its own body-brain. The body-brain either creates or finds a self-aware individual consciousness in a container with an interface or it creates an interface to a self-aware individual consciousness that it does not contain.

My model of an individual consciousness
I think of a consciousness as a thing in a jar, a vessel built of some type of stuff. The consciousness manifests in the jar as a type of liquid. The body-brain electrical and quantum states cause changes on the surface of that liquid. Ideas, thoughts and perceptions emerge as a result of that interaction. This process happens at some interval based on the body-brain and the filters applied by cognition. Most thoughts and ideas vanish as new thoughts and ideas emerge. Persisting ideas and thoughts interact with the incoming information and can alter perception.

A virtual consciousness
Imagine that you created a simulation with a character that represents you in the simulation. Your character experiences the reality of the simulation and its limitations. The character is your interface into that reality, and provides you data and information about that reality, as an extension or replica of your consciousness. You may want to know if the experience of the character is like your own experience, so you put artifacts into the simulation that only a consciousness like yours would recognize and understand. You do not control the character in the simulation, however, you determine the initial conditions and the limitations of the simulated reality.

In my simulation, the character body-brain uses cognition to create a vessel, a jar, that can contain a version my consciousness. The jar initially is crude and leaks. Cognition can acquire the tools and technology to build a better jar. The new jar can hold a more realized version of my consciousness. The simulation either continues or I restart the simulation using the knowledge of how cognition built a new jar to change the initial conditions and limitations. This process continues until the jar contains sufficient potential to fully manifest an exact copy of my consciousness.

We can reasonably assume that science and technology will eventually create a fully immersed virtual reality experience that is indistinguishable from the body-brain experience of reality. Considering the age of this universe and our current technological sophistication and progression, we could reasonably speculate that this has already happened. We might also assume that the computer of a sufficiently advanced consciousness would simulate not just the objects and their interactions, it would simulate each individual atom and their interactions. The computer could be as big as a universe, perhaps like the universe we experience.

Perhaps the source consciousness, that created the reality of atoms, left artifacts and notes for us to find. Artifacts that contain the stories of how it/they designed and created us as replicas that manifested and had thoughts about a source. A source that was first realized as the consciousness in a jar created by cognition using a body-brain.
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