- May 4, 2012
Except we know it's not. It's not how it functions that is the issue but why it can function in the first place. And awareness and consciousness are two different things. You can explain consciousness in physical terms. A computer is technically conscious if you use that definition. An ant is conscious but is it aware? For all we know it's really just a biological computer on legs.If self-awareness is a simple analysis of state, it's not all that difficult You have state and then you have analysis, two systems making "You" a thing. "What I am", or "me", is like a variable or multitude of variables derived by the senses. You wouldn't be aware if you had no senses. Why it's a particularly strong sensation or relevant in humans is due to the social component. Self-awareness is useless without social structure. I admit this is all just pure theory on my part. How does one even begin to prove any of this :/ where does one even start :/ Makes logical sense, seems plausible, to me, but that's about all I can offer.
Water is a heavier compound, in liquid state, at room temperature than H and O on their own. I know what you mean, but it doesn't seem analogous to the above.
You have to go further than that to explain awareness and self-awareness. How can something be aware if it's not a physical property of the universe like force, momentum, gravity etc.?