SBF, The Goff essay was interesting, although I did not find it conclusive. Thanks for sharing it.
SBF: If you say there is no evidence for option 2, it's fair to point out
that there is no evidence for option 1 either.
It does not follow that the denial of #2 implies that #1 is false also. I completely disagree. There's a huge, repeat HUGE, gap between the two statements. I believe you know this, so your statement surprises me.
SBF: It's commonly taken for
granted that awareness is a special property of some beings, and it's
postulated this property somehow emerges from dull matter. There is no
prooof (sic) for these assertions either.
You are (or at least seem to be) contradicting yourself here. Indeed, you began your this post by stating that "we know we are personally conscious. It's the one thing in the world we can be absolutely sure about."
This is the fundamental premise from Descartes when he uttered his famous dictum: "Cogito ergo sum"
Consciousness and/or awareness exists. How it arose is the question. As I wrote earlier:
From whence does consciousness arise? That is the question.
Our present lack of knowledge of how that happened does not imply or even suggest that rocks and electrons are conscious too.
I remain unconvinced.