How much of consciousness has been explained?

In summary, the two questions asked are about whether or not consciousness can be reduced to just the brain and if it is possible that consciousness might not be reducible to just the brain. The answer to both questions is that it is possible that consciousness might not be reducible to just the brain.
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Gold Barz
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So to start things off, here are a couple of questions.

So how much of consciousness do you think has been explained?
I think that we know a fair amount about consciousness (thanks to neuroscience) but the question still stands, how subjective experience arise from the physical processes that happen in the brain. Is consciousness an emergent property from those processes (neurons firing, etc)?

Is it possible that consciousness might not be reducible to just the brain?
That it might actually go, without sounding too woo, beyond just the brain meaning that we have got to look at the whole body, the whole package?
 
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Gold Barz said:
Is it possible that consciousness might not be reducible to just the brain?

And why shouldn't it be possible? But then question is what is "brain" for you? Just matter? Or matter plus its functions? Do we know all functions of the brain? I doubt.
 
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Well, I don't know much about the topic, that is why I want other peoples informed opinion on it.
 
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Gold Barz said:
So to start things off, here are a couple of questions.

So how much of consciousness do you think has been explained?
Consciousness is a product of brain activity, but how and why does it do it?
Is it possible that consciousness might not be reducible to just the brain?
It would really help if you would explain what you mean by each statement.

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Related to How much of consciousness has been explained?

1. How do scientists define consciousness?

Consciousness is defined as the state of being aware of one's thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.

2. How much of consciousness has been explained?

This is a difficult question to answer definitively, as consciousness is a complex and multifaceted concept. However, scientists have made significant progress in understanding various aspects of consciousness, such as perception, attention, and self-awareness.

3. What are some current theories on the origin of consciousness?

There are several theories on the origin of consciousness, including the Integrated Information Theory, Global Workspace Theory, and Higher-Order Thought Theory. However, there is no consensus among scientists on which theory is most accurate.

4. Can consciousness be fully explained by science?

While science has made great strides in understanding consciousness, it is a subjective experience that is difficult to measure and study objectively. Therefore, it is unlikely that consciousness will ever be fully explained by science.

5. How does studying consciousness benefit society?

Studying consciousness can help us better understand human behavior and mental processes, leading to advancements in fields such as psychology, neurology, and artificial intelligence. It can also have practical applications, such as improving mental health treatments and developing more effective educational strategies.

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