It's been a long, long time since I've written anything for this blog due to other interests taking a front burner. In fact I really should be doing something else right now. But I was just sitting here thinking about a personal issue and I noticed I was thinking about myself and how I make decisions. I thought, that's odd. Seems like one part of the brain is aware of the processes going on in another the same way it would be aware of a sound or a smell. That's self-awareness.
That got me thinking about consciousness and the question whether or not consciousness can be created in a computer or uploaded. I've always leaned towards the argument that it cannot. I've also always taken the side of the argument that animals have consciousness. Being a spiritual person (not religious in the least) my suspicion is that consciousness is something entirely different than brain activity and that it could never be achieved by a machine. But now I'm not so sure. Here's why: