John Searle: Our shared condition -- consciousnessJohn Searle: The great thinker in his younger days.
Mines his most current thinking on consciousness: all feelings and thoughts you experience during the day and during dreaming.
Notes that consciousness is a purely biological phenomenon that occurs in the neurological processes of the brain, creating a subjective experience which is both real and unique to the individual.
Consciousness is real for the individual rather than an illusion and is irreducible. It is unlike a machine at this point because we don't know how consciousness works. We are not yet close to that level of complexity with artificial intelligence.
Consciousness causes us to feel, smell, and hear, and the old notion of a mind body duality is incorrect. In other words, the mind and body are not are not separate; there is no soul or mind separate from the body.
Consciousness creates "an observer independent reality," and therefore it is relative. The neurology of the brain is an extremely complex program or software that is well beyond our ability to create at present.
Consciousness is a genuine biological phenomenon which is subject to scientific analysis in the same way any other biological feature.
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