Information has no extension (to use Descartes' terminology - it has no length, width, or height)
I'm sorry, that's just silly. In case there's some confusion, I wasn't attempting to talk about some fuzzy headed concept of information as an existence unto itself. What I meant by 'information we have been given by our senses' was the collection of impulses that have run along our sensory neurons to stimulate the systems of our brains. This 'information' is very measurable, unfortunately Descartes missed out on that information by a few hundred years. As for pain, I don't doubt the existence of the feeling of pain but I do affirm that it does not exist separate from the physical systems that perceive it. Even emotional pain has been shown to trigger the same sites in the brain responsible for interpreting physical pain. The 'FEELING' of pain is just that interpretation of those signals as processed by particular centers in the brain, as is pleasure and even higher emotions which, while much more complex in some ways, still rely on the same underlying functions.
There are no 'spooky' forms floating around inside our heads however, I am not saying that our perception of the world is not an impressive and wonderous mystery. It is very true that we do not know exactly how consciousness arises from the human brain but we do know that the human brain is necessary to the existence of consciousness. We do not need to rely on any imagined elementary particles just because we do not fully understand consciousness, making such a leap makes no sense and I'm not sure why you're trying to sneak it into the conversation without a proper explanation.
I don't remember covering 'proof by claiming that something is unlikely' in my Physics degree.
the claim that something is unlikely is not itself sufficient to disprove it
Handle, you've flown off it.
But I'll probably get modded down for blasphemy, or for the crime of preferring to post anonymously.
If you provided even the barest of sources to back up your assertions you probably wouldn't be. Anonymous posting is only looked down upon because it provides no guarantee that you have any interest in a discussion and it can be easily abused to harass people. It's not like