What Is Consciousness?
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes consciousness as “the quality or state of being aware especially of something within oneself.” Despite these fancy words strung together, we have yet to grasp what exactly it means to be in such a state. Science tells us that consciousness has to do with multiple regions of the brain all in a network together rather than a single compartment. Consciousness is a concept so difficult to understand because of the simple fact that it’s something that has been wired into our brain since birth. Subconsciously we make choices that affect the outcome of events while at the same time following a personalized routine or carrying on with everyday life. In 1994, cognitive scientist and philosopher, David Chalmers, published a paper explaining why consciousness is such a complicated concept. He attributed its complexity to the fact that there is no known way of ‘measuring’ consciousness. The most difficult question left unanswered is “why or how consciousness occurs given the right arrangement of brain matter.” The world’s most well-read men and brightest minds have yet to come up with an answer for why human beings are capable of producing pictures inside their head at will.