I'd like the very intelligent people populating this forum to work with me on specific aspects of the problems of consciousness and life in an attempt to gain some consensus on key issues - at least in this forum. My hope is that with some better organization of thoughts and responses than has taken place in other threads that everyone here, obviously keenly interested in these issues, will be able to better arrive at their own conclusions. Here's what I propose: an extended thread addressing the two key problems: 1) What is consciousness (the Hard Problem, the Mind/Body Problem, etc.)? 2) What is life? Sub-questions: 1a. What would a satisfactory solution to the Hard Problem look like? That is, what form of solution is likely to be satisfactory to most thinkers? 1b. Is consciousness a different stuff than matter/energy? 1c. How do we solve the combination problem? 1d. What practical applications might flow from solving the Hard Problem? 1e. How does solving the Hard Problem reflect on the issue of identity/selfhood? 2a. What would a satisfactory solution to the "life problem" look like? Can any solution be non-arbitrary? 2b. Are living things different from non-living things? If so, how? 2c. If we are pursuing a criteria-based approach to life, how do select non-arbitrary criteria? 2d. How are life and consciousness related? Does solving the "life problem" help solve the Hard Problem or vice versa? 2e. What practical applications flow from solving the "life problem"? So I propose that we work through these sub-questions serially: 1a. What would a satisfactory solution to the Hard Problem look like? That is, what form of solution is likely to be satisfactory to most thinkers?