This is a conversation I had back in October, but I haven’t posted anything recently, so I figured I’d copypasta it here for posterity.
A friend wrote:
Do you think consciousness is
(i) A real phenomenon
(ii) Unreal phenomenon ?
Real here means that there exist (a) physical process/es (in the brain) that causally correspond to the “observed” phenomenon of consciousness. While unreal means that it is just a word people use to describe something that is not a part of reality, but rather a construct that was input to them since they were children ( for example, like fairies ) OR a word that stands for many processes and adds an imaginary glue, thus gaining new meaning ( like vis vitalis).
Note: I’m aware of problems with definitions of causality and reality, but let’s just take the usual practical ones.
This was my response: