Science and Consciousness
The one thing we know for sure is that we are experiencing beings. Yet the one thing that science cannot explain is the fact that we are conscious. Do we need a new paradigm?
We assume that other animals are conscious (whatever scientists might say): why else would we give them anesthetics to make them unconscious? But how far down does consciousness go?
Real as it my seem, our sensory experience is but the brain's reconstruction of the physical world. Moreover, modern physics reveals the world "out there" is very different from our experience.
Awareness itself does not change. But what we are aware has evolved. With human beings a new level of awareness has emerged—self-awareness. What lies behind this self? And what is next for the evolution of consciousness?