Further to kairosfocus’ “Self-aware mindedness and the problem of trying to get North by going West . . .”, where he writes,
There is a fundamental distinction between blind, signal processing based computation and insightful, self aware rational reasoning.
So, the fact that self-aware mindedness exists is pointing to something that an a priori materialism influenced age has great difficulty acknowledging. Namely, that it is at least possible that the material world we experience as self aware conscious persons may not be the only world we experience.
In a world dominated by evolutionary materialism dressed up in a lab coat, that may be very hard to recognise or allow in the door.
It is a delusion of a naturalist age that machines can have consciousness. Whatever machines have, that isn’t it.
Essentially, the computer does not care if it is on or off. But even an intelligent animal needs some stimulation, and a human being deteriorates rapidly without it.
Now that naturalism (materialism) rules, it can only head south because it actually has no answers, only explanations why there shouldn’t be any or that we haven’t evolved so as to understand them, or … some similar explanation will jostle the others.
Prediction: It will get crazier, but naturalists will be less able to recognize that.
See also: Naturalism only ever really had one strong idea: Ban ideas