Determinism, or something...
Just working out something I've been thinking about, but until now haven't been able to articulate. It's sloppy -- taken from my notes. According to a quick scan of search engines, I appear to be following a determinist course of reasoning. It assumes monism, which I don't know that we have any cause not to.
1. exist; can and will identical; follow 'the path of least resistance'
2. be conscious; can and may; at least superficially distinct from can and will; appears able to contradict can and will
3. consciousness is experienced as emergent property of non-conscious processes
4. assuming that the component processes of consciousness (like the state of a neuron, or the travel of a neurotransmitter) are unexperienced discreetly by consciousness itself (consciousness regarded the same way masses of individual photons are collectively called 'light' ), is there a point when consciousness diverges from the 'path of least resistance'-following non-conscious natural processes, or is it only experienced as such because those discreet component processes are unexperienced?
5. That is to say, would neurotransmitter A travel across synapse B ultimately because it physically has to, making our perception of consciousness, and choice, incidental (though no less real experientially) to these inevitable physical processes?
None of which I mean to say has any effect on our experience.