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One is the foundation of all meaningful communication and one is easily shown to be mathematical nonsense.

Great, but what does either have to do with whether something exists or not? The feeling that something is meaningful or nonsense is just a subjective opinion afterall, which 1poorguy insists is unreliable. From your POV, why assume that such subjective experiences has any relevance to what is objectively real? Why should the universe have to follow your line of logic?

Consider the phenomena of spontaneous events. These are defined as events that occur independent of external influences. They are self-initiated actions generated solely by the thing doing the acting. Consider the emergence of a tornado. A tornado forms solely through the interactions of the air molecules that make up the tornado. Once the conditions are set, the tornado formation is self-initiated, which is why the capacity for predicting tornados is limited. But once formed, this emergent ordered entity now alters the behavior of the air molecules that make it up.

Neurons and consciousness may work similarly. Interactions between neurons set the stage for the emergence of subjective thoughts, which represents a more organized entity that can alter the behavior of the constituent neurons.

Spontaneous neural activity happen all the time. Electrical activity in the brain that occurs due to no apparent external influence. If you think about it that is pretty much what you might expect if subjective thoughts can interact with neurons.
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