This is the age-old question isn’t it? The one that baffles people of religion, science, atheism, and all walks of life. People of any race, age, gender, or culture. What is consciousness? What is that essence or spark of awareness that makes us feel alive in a physical body? The state of being awake and conscious of one’s surroundings?
Take a moment to close your eyes and focus inward, meditate on your ‘being’. What does it feel like to be you? Most of us would agree it feels almost as though we are someone or something that lives or ‘sits’ inside the mind. That our consciousness, as it were, is responsible for sending demands to different areas of the body in order for every part of us to work together as a cohesive unit.
So what does any of this mean? What is sentience itself? How does the human brain, consisting of about one hundred billion interacting neurons, become aware of and compute information?