From Anil Ananthaswamy at New Scientist:
How does something as physical as the brain create something as immaterial as your sense of self? It could all just be one big trick of the mind
Broadly speaking, those trying to solve the hard problem fall into two camps, according to psychologist and philosopher Nicholas Humphrey. There are those who think that consciousness is something real and those who say it’s a mirage, and so dismiss the problem entirely. More. (paywall)
Generally speaking, a trick is more complex than straightforward information, so it only adds to the difficulty if consciousness is regarded as a trick. By whom on whom?
These people are not going to get anywhere any time soon.
See also: Physicists on a hunt for site of consciousness But what about those people most of whose brains are missing, who are conscious? Need consciousness have a site at all?
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