From my viewpoint, there are two big groups of questions to answer about the nature of consciousness:
1) How does matter and energy become conscious, and how does qualia emerge from computation (i.e. the hard problem)?
2) How does consciousness come in the form of irreducible subjects of experience, and how can these subjects be mapped into bodies (i.e. why do you find yourself in your body as oppose to any other body)?
While these mysteries may be intimately linked in some way, it seems that most modern literature focuses heavily on #1 and very little on #2. To many people, #2 may almost seem like a non-mystery. But a mathematical modeling of this problem reveals many things that are quite counter-intuitive, showing that this question is every bit as essential as #1 for a post-singularity world where we could “upload” our consciousness.
To attempt to “map out” these problems to determine a direction that science can go to look for this answer, we can construct a new concept called potential consciousness. Potential consciousness is a philosophical concept that refers to unconscious centers of awareness. While not a physical thing, it can be shown that it’s just as “real” as potential energy. Mathematically, the lowercase delta symbol refers to an infinitesimally small change in value. Whether the brain is a producer or receiver of consciousness, the concept of potential consciousness can show us that a single “locus” of awareness possessed by a conscious organism is a mere infinitesimal slice of the potential awareness in the universe. Whether or not there is really an infinite amount of these awareness’s in the universe depends on whether consciousness is produced by the brain or if the brain acts more of a receiver.
Delta Aware attempts to integrate and connect these new ideas into the latest research on the mind. We are committed to find a science that can lead us to a full understanding of the problem of consciousness and our true place in the universe.