Can you, as a thinking and emotionally-responsive experiencer of the world, really be reduced to neuronal or brain activity? If so, the everyday phenomena that we take for granted, such as morality and love…are they merely by-products of electrochemical movements? In such an extraordinary claim relative to our internal experience of a world of qualia, is there any evidence that the brain can produce phenomenal consciousness?
We are a growing affiliation of scientists and philosophers called the Science & Philosophy Initiative (SPi). Our main contribution is to draw on published data in order to suggest how consciousness could be fundamental, and not reducible to brain activity. Upon first glance, it may appear that consciousness is restricted to neuroscience. We hope to change that view and to illustrate that consciousness permeates all fields of science. Building on the data, we are developing our working model.