A friend asked me recently....
When a sperm gets fused along with an egg or ovum, they together form a single cell with 46 chromosomes, containing all the genetic information. Only that single cell is the origin of any one of us. Now the point to be noted is, that single cell not only contains the genetic information, that is a great past, but also all the information about us, which comprises our future. Whether we are black or fair, fat or thin, bald or hairy, tall or short, our physiological structure, physical being, i.e., when we would get what disease, also our temperament, and our psychological make up, and so on; that is our entire life is concentrated in that.
Can we say that is exhaustive? Along with that a lot of cells are formed along with innumerable information and assumes a form of any one of us.
We know that the single cell has everything about us. But even to know that, we need science, experience and a great historical process. and, we are in the process of knowing more.
We can very well say that we can never be exhaustive with respect to knowledge.
Now, can you tell if we are conscious or whether that single cell is conscious?
When every information of our life is somehow embedded in us, then what about our free will?