Consciousness is an electro-biochemical process occurring within the brain and entails both experience and the person experiencing that experience.
And, no, I’m not missing what he’s getting at. The thing is, far too much emphasis is given to the observable processes within the brain these days at the expense of the content of those processes, to the extent that many scientist-philosophers in this area can’t see the forest- the process within the working brain- for the trees- the brain itself. What’s really happening here, and what is entirely wrong-headed, in my estimation, is that Hood is giving observable brain function entire precedence over something that’s glaringly obvious- that the process within the brain is where the self resides, and not in the brain itself. Shut off the machine and that consciousness vanishes, obviously, and this is what scientist-philosophers like Hood refer to. However, to do this is to discount the process itself, which is us. The brain is not us. The process within the brain is us.
I found a paper that discusses this notion in detail; a sample…
One of the most elusive questions within neurobiology is how this electrical activity can produce what we experience as thoughts, behaviors, and memories. The reason it is so difficult for neurobiologists to address this question is because it is completely perplexing from a purely physical point of view, which scientists have been inclined to restrict themselves to in their investigation of Nature.