a study of consciousness has to recognize that it is a consciousness that is studying the consciousness.

I believe it’s important to discover the areas where consciousness can be analyzed and picked apart. A lot of study regarding the visual systems has been taking place for over 150 years now. It is one of the best studied. The chemical detectors of smell is one of the LEAST studied, unfortunately, with hearing somewhere in the middle.

How our machinery operates is a valid and interesting study, and I’m glad there are lots of people working on it.

Yet will they construct a consciousness? It’s possible, but I still believe a study of consciousness has to recognize that it is a consciousness that is studying the consciousness.

That’s the nature of the hard problem: the objectivity of academics and the sciences gets in the way at that point. Consciousness is subjective. How can we know if we’ve created consciousness objectively if we cannot perceive from the point of view of the subjective?

Is it possible to go from objective to subjective while remaining objective? *that’s* quite the hard problem, unless you’re a Psychologist. That’s their domain.

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