1.2 The explanatory gap


Studies on consciousness focuses mainly on three things: WHAT is/are the nature/features of consciousness, HOW does consciousness come to exist, and WHY it is this way (roles in evolution). Discussions on consciousness also usually refer to the “explanatory gap” between some aspect of our conscious mental life and objective physical explanation of that aspect. It seems that whatever physical account of a subjective conscious experience we might imagine will leave it completely puzzling why there should be such a connection between the objective physical story and the subjective conscious experience (Nagel 1974).

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