Man looking at his feet

This fair­ly clear 2011 paper by Axel Cleere­mans reveals an under­stand­ing of where con­scious­ness comes from: the brain attempt­ing to describe itself.

“Learn­ing and plas­tic­i­ty are thus cen­tral to con­scious­ness, to the extent that expe­ri­ences only occur in expe­ri­encers that have learned to know they pos­sess cer­tain first-order states and that have learned to care more about cer­tain states than about oth­ers.”

Take that, Skynet.

via ncbi.nlm.nih.gov