- Anuraag Reddy
The experience of consciousness is the stream of observation, where an organism perceives its environment with reference to itself.
In evolution it must be essential for a self replicating, self preserving organism to have an internalized model of itself in reference to its environment.
The primary experience of consciousness is in the stream of observation, where the organism perceives itself as separate from its environment by constantly referencing a model of itself as an existential entity in relation to external, and internal stimuli.
"If you are not subconsciously referencing yourself as separate from everything else then, do you really exist?"
Just like information contained within DNA is expressed as the emergent property of self replication and life. Information managed by the neural networks in our brain is expressed as the mind, and consciousness. It is purely physical neural networks which have evolved to add meaning to such information, and create the illusion of an observer dependent reality.
The illusion of free will and being an observer are as real as the fact that we materially exist, and in the human condition of being, there is nothing more real than free will, and being an observer. We are a temporary state of matter, a state which has evolved to be authentic in its perception.