What if you are not the “highest” level of consciousness in your own body?
I see the human organism as a layering of different levels of consciousness. Each layer supports mostly automated processes that sustain the layers beneath it. For example, we have cells that only know what it’s like to be a cell and to perform their cellular processes without any awareness of the more complex layers above them. Organs are much more complex than cells and they perform their duties without any awareness of anything above them either. And the complexity keeps increasing with various systems like endocrine, cardiovascular, etc. Then we have our subconscious and finally our conscious. At our level, we do not consciously control any of the layers beneath us. Our primary task is to keep our bodies alive. This got me thinking… isn’t it a little too self aggrandizing to think that we have a near infinite layering of consciousness beneath us and then it just stops at our level of awareness? What if there is some other conscious process that exists above us within our own bodies? When people take psychedelic drugs they often describe achieving a higher level of awareness akin to ecstasy. Well what if this layer is always there actively ”living” within us but we are just the chumps that go to work, do our taxes, and exercise, while it doles out just enough feel good chemicals to keep us going (sometimes not even that)?

What is a subreddit you wish had a presense on Lemmy?
As someone with CPTSD, OCD and Bipolar + psychosis, definetely mental health subs. Particularly suicidewatch.

Do you have any phobia?
What is a phobia? Phobias are persistent and intense fears of a particular: object person (like a doctor or clown) situation activity If you have a phobia, you may experience severe anxiety and panic attacks when you’re: exposed to the object or situation you’re fearful of thinking about the thing you’re afraid of anticipating an encounter with the item you’re scared of

How can we boost Lemmy membership?
Since my favorite reddit app came to Lemmy I'm really keen on getting more people into the fediverse to pump up the volume of content around here. Are there any initiatives that we can assist to get folks onboard? I had my wife join, and she likes it, but laments the slow pace of new material in the communities.

Do you think lemmy would be as popular as reddit?
Hi, do you think lemmy would be as popular as Reddit ? I mean, many subreddits have much more posts compared to communities on lemmy… sometimes I scroll through Reddit sub top of month and see no end. At lemmy mostly I see 10 posts monthly… I do like concept of moving to lemmy, but it might make no sense if people’s are no active here and tbh I see the trend of disappearing activity

How does healthcare work in your country?
Not on a theoretical level, but how would you practically have to pay costs, access specialist doctors?

anyone put faces on inanimate objects because cute

Spotify vs Tidal - worth switching?
Which one do you prefer? I am seeing plenty of mixed opinions about both Spotify and Tidal. Some are saying Spotify is the best, others say it’s bloated, others think it’s annoying it’s also an app for podcasts. Some people really like Tidal, but I have mostly seen negative opinions about it - worse song recommendations, no difference in audio, too expensive. As someone who doesn’t care very much for song recommendations I can’t decide which one is ideal for me personally. Tidal seems to pay artists better, but the criticism it receives makes me unsure. What do y’all think?

If Thrift Stores sold food, what would they sell?
The first thing that comes to mind is a big plastic bin filled with burnt burgers for 4 for a dollar.

Are attention spans actually shortening?
So a view I see a lot nowadays is that attention spans are getting shorter, especially when it comes to younger generations. And the growing success of short form content on Tiktok, Youtube and Twitter for example seems to support this claim. I have a friend in their early 20s who regularly checks their phone (sometimes scrolling Tiktok content) as we're watching a film. And an older colleague recently was pleased to see me reading a book, because he felt that anyone my age and younger was less likely to want to invest the time in reading. But is this actually true on the whole? Does social media like Tiktok really mould our interests and alter our attention? In some respects I can see how it could change our expectations. If we've come to expect a webpage to load in seconds, it can be frustrating when we have to wait minutes. But to someone that was raised with dial-up, perhaps that wouldn't be as much of an issue. In the same way, if a piece of media doesn't capture someone in the first few minutes they may be more inclined to lose focus because they're so used to quick dopamine hits from short form content. Alternatively, maybe this whole argument is just a 'kids these days' fallacy. Obviously there are plenty of young adults that buck this trend.

what is the webp vulnerability?
i downloaded a webp image a few days ago is my pc compromised, very confused apologies

What is the most stable food production method?
Crops can blight, animals can get diseases. I don't know much about hydroponics but I know that bacteria are a concern. What food source is the most reliable, the least likely to produce less food than expected?

I share a name with a very famous professional athlete. I don't even think about it usually but as soon as I have to give my name to someone I can pretty much count on some remark about the athlete by the same name. I've dealt with this in many ways over the years but my most recent method is to pretend to have never heard of that famous person by the same name. That makes the conversation awkward and they usually move on. Also, if you meet someone who shares a name with a celebrity, keep these things in mind: - There is nothing you can say about it that is funny or clever. We have heard it all before. Just don't. - If you do have something to say about it that is truly original and absolutely hilarious, see the previous rule.

what phone(s) do you use and what's the default web browser on them?
mine Samsung Galaxy a32 4g (will probably switch to a Google pixel 7a somewhat soon) and the default web browser is Firefox but i am in the process of switching to iceraven

How do you clean your glasses?
Lens manufacturers say that anything *other* than a microfiber cloth will damage the coatings on a lens. But microfiber cloths eventually pick up crap and they look like they're a pain to wash. How do you keep your lenses clean? Are you using cloth/kleenex or microfiber cloths? If you use microfiber cloths, how do you clean those?

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