How do we bridge objective description and subjective experience (qualia)? Is consciousness explainable in terms of brain processes?
What gives rise to consciousness (rel: emergent behaviour), first-person experiences, and a sense of self? Do inanimate and non-human intelligences have personal experiences?
- Certain phenomena are functionally definable – explanation of them requires only the explanation of the relevant functions and the mechanisms that implement them (e.g. hereditary passing of genes and DNA)
- Consciousness is not functionally definable
- Defining information discrimination, integration, and reporting does not fully explain consciousness
# Explanatory Gap
- There is no cognitive function such that we can say in advance that explanation of that function will automatically explain subjective experience