What if you have 10 foot neurons made of wood with mechanical clockwork innards, and they shoot different types of metal balls to each other to send messages. What if they have some mechanical method for reproducing every other function of a neuron? What if they are arranged in exactly the same way the neurons in the brain are? Will that group of wooden neurons be conscious? What if you take a group of 100 million people and have each one perform the duties of a neuron? Will that system be conscious? Seems to me you would have to say that it would be conscious, as strange as that sounds.