We begin from the stance that the atheists and skeptics are right. This is all based on the premise that everything that exists and occurs is a naturally occurring part of the universe. Nothing is supernatural. Nothing that exists or occurs breaks any law of nature. If it seems to do so then we simply haven’t understood the nature of that phenomenon yet.
Nothing can escape that description. See a rock? It is a naturally occurring part of the universe; also known as Nopotu*. That tree? Also Nopotu. Streams and lakes? Obviously Nopotu. Dogs, cats, cattle, mushrooms and fish? Must be Nopotu.
Are people Nopotu? It would be irrational to believe otherwise.
Even artificial sweetener is a naturally occurring part of the universe. Bricks, pistols and iPhones too.
Governments, ecologies and economies are all Nopotu.
But how about anger? How about hate? What about love or fear or anxiety? Technically all Nopotu.
Consciousness itself must be Nopotu as well along with the entity that experiences it; the self.
Anything in the universe, including the whole universe its self, is Nopotu.
This is the line of thinking that led Carl Sagan to write about the fact that we are conscious star dust.
But we’re more than that. The, “I,” reading this is also Nopotu. Since you’re reading this, Nopotu is aware that it is Nopotu. Beyond that, your understanding of these facts means that Nopotu is aware of its own self-awareness.
Nopotu is self aware.
*”Known where as that?” you might ask? “Known here as that,” is how I would respond.