Explaining Consciousness: the “hard” and “easy” problem

Why explaining what consciousness is can’t simply be explained with science

I used to think of consciousness as a state of being awake — as soon as I wake up in the morning, I become aware of my surroundings, drag myself to the kitchen to start my silly little day with a silly little cup of coffee. Stuck in this flesh prison, I go on with my day and when it’s time for me to sleep, I go on my silly little phone to watch some silly little Tik Toks or YouTube videos to doze off, losing consciousness…yeah, consciousness just sounds like turning a light switch on.

The “Hard” and “Easy” problem

Anatomy of a human brain (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Imagine being a bat…I can never

If science is all about ignoring the subjectivity and using objective facts only, as mentioned by it cannot explain what consciousness is. According to Nagel, there may not be such translation from certain aspects of other creatures’ experiences to aspects of an individual’s own experience. This is where his example of “what is it like to be a bat” comes up to explain his argument: that objective theory of the world excludes secondary qualities of things, inevitably leaving out subjective perspective.

Source: Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

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