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The original function of consciousness was probably to direct a mobile self to a fresh supply of food.
Consciousness is dependent on vision. Vision adds context and depth to our world. It adds a new dimension to awareness.
The next step is to visualise food in its absence, so a self needs an inner representation of the world to remain focused on its food.
Memory helps to return to the food source after some distraction.
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Some animals are capable of visualising a reward that exists in the future. For example, the scrub jays can hide food in a cache to retrieve at a later date. They can even rehide if they become aware that a potential thief has been watching them.
This means they can see the world from a di...
Philosophers and scientists struggle to pinpoint what exactly consciousness is.
At its core, consciousness is what allows us to be aware of our surroundings and our inner state.
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