Is current human consciousness an end point in the evolution of mind?

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If the human mind is a product of evolution, is it not prudent to consider how and in what way it might evolve in the future? Given the order of magnitude that appears to distinguish the minds of mankind from those of its closest animal relative, how significant might a new level of mind evolution be and what would be its unique distinguishing features? In this paper, I present a reductive explanation of phenomenal experience and demonstrate its compliance with exhaustive philosophy criteria. Further extrapolation of the explanation leads to a theoretical framework that elucidates the distinguishing characteristics of the next evolutionary step of the human mind. The reductive explanation aligns closely with our understanding of the evolution of life on earth so that examination of the explanation is also open to multidisciplinary interpretation and discussion.
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