What exactly is 'Consciousness'?
In my recent essay, I am discussing the universal consciousness.
However, people asked what exactly is consciousness? That is what exactly makes us conscious? Is the universe conscious? I must admit this question left me thinking. I posted that I think that consciousness is the ability to process data. I talked of the Digital universe, where the universe is analogous to a computer program and in essence observes itself through data. That is the data being emitted by matter collapses the wave functions and hence the universe is in essence 'processing' itself and is 'self aware'.
However, computer programs themselves are not 'conscious', they cannot feel, they cannot think, they can only process.
Is this view valid?