David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?
How do we explain human consciousness?
Darin's Note: The fact that I am conscious fascinates and confuses me. I am aware of my surroundings, my thoughts, and I can even communicate with others. How and why I am conscious everyday puzzles me. What in my brain causes this?
The problem of consciousness is the most challenging quandary for philosophers, psychologists, computer scientists, neuroscientists, etc. The problem involves the brain and body, and David Chalmers suggests that it just might involve all of matter.
Mines the problem of consciousness in human beings - What, why, and how is consciousness possible?
Notes that the idea of consciousness seems crazy, and perhaps we need crazy solutions to figure out its nature. We have to think outside the box of normality in order to understand something that simply is not normal.
Progress is being made in all of the mind sciences towards an understanding of consciousness, but we are still a long way off from fully understanding what makes us essentially human.
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