The hard problem of consciousness is that we can only measure and observe the objective aspects of it. Only the conscious person can observe what it feels like.
When we look at learning systems, we see they are about input, output and feedback. And that our brains learn by predicting the feedback, by modeling the outside world and internal states.
To do so, the brain must be observing itself in two ways:
- It has to scan its own predictions and judge if there are any dangers, or ways to create a benefit;
- It has to match the current situation to past predictions and choices, to see if it needs to learn from what happened.
Our brains are self-observers, why would that not be consciousness? Enriched by all the human aspects, like episodic memory, empathy and love.
inside the skeptic mind— 🍀onnlucky🍀 (@onnlucky) December 28, 2017
• if our beliefs don't explain and predict effectively, we update them
• if the result of our choices are not what we want, we adjust
• never should what we want, inform how we interpret the world
• only actions influence the world, never our thoughts pic.twitter.com/XwCuFD4kkh