If consciousness has a function - if it does something - then natural selection could get to work on it. Conscious creatures would have a selective advantage, and so would pass on their genes for being conscious. ... If you believe in the philosopher’s zombie, then you believe it is possible that we might have evolved the way we have, doing everything the way we do, but without any corresponding consciousness. But this is magic.
Neuroscience is developing fast. Artificial intelligence and neural modelling are increasing our understanding of the brain. ... But is this all just working on the ‘easy problems’? Will the really ‘hard problem’ remain to haunt us for ever? I doubt it. I think that one day psychologists will look back and laugh at the silly muddle we got ourselves into. To them the way out will be obvious. The trouble is that right now, like everyone else in the field, I cannot see it.