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Does that mean you believe consciousness can arise de novo from the non-conscious?

That does appear to be the case.

Not unlike life arising from lifelessness. C, H, N, and O are just atoms. A mol of them is just a lump of coal and three containers of gases. Put them together and you can get life (disclaimer: I always remember "CHON" for organics, but there may be other things required of which I am unaware...never took organic chem).

If life can arise from complexity, then I see no reason awareness cannot also. I don't think "life" is a part of matter any more than "awareness" is.

I don't see how "free will" is an analogue to that. "Free will" arising from complexity? It seems "free will" violates causation, or at least most versions of "free will" do. I'm allowing that there may be definitions out there which do not, so as with all things of this nature, definitions do matter. :-)

I seem to recall benjd25 had to abandon his definition a year or two ago when his wife stuck a pin in it. I won't speak for him, and I don't know if he resolved that or adopted a softer definition. But definitions do matter as to whether it's coherent or logical or possible.
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