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Consciousness
As emergent property of brain.
Animal awareness
In a feedback loop
Reflexively doing
And observing its action.
Awareness aware
That it’s aware of its awareness,
Strange loop
Generating observer/observed
From the act of observation.
Persistent memory sustains this,
Layer by layer,
And builds what you call you.
A handy tool
For protecting the organism
Fashioned from nothing more
Than accumulated data.

You are the fool
Who forgot all this
And in hubris
Called it a soul
And called yourself eternal.

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