How about this one: suppose that you could take someone (while they're alive and conscious), strap
them into a machine which could scan their brain as completely as you want (down to the electrons or
whatever), and project an image of that scan, real-time, three-dimensionally, into the air in, say,
another room. Ok? Now... is that image conscious? Why or why not? Well, the classical answer is
that it can't be (aside from the science of scanning,etc.) because there's no internalcausation
involved in any of its processes. You see? The imageof one neuron doesn't cause the imageof
another neuron to fire, or whatever. But then one must ask... so what? If the processesare the same,
even as images, why isn't the image conscious? What iscausation, that it should "cause"
consciousness? Haha, nice one, right? I don't know the answer to this one... I'm just throwing it out to
you to chew on for a while. So in answer to your question... maybe it doesn't matter, really...? Or...?