Following from the earlier post, heres a nice video, with Professor Russell Stannard, discussing the idea of consciousness, and the limits of scientific knowledge. There are some important questions here.
While the theory of evolution describes the evolutionary requirement of the brain as the prime mechanism for hunting, gathering, agriculture, and all human activity, Laurel does believe, along with Professor Stannard that there is much more to it. For instance, what is the evolutionary need for appreciating music? Or art, a beautiful sunrise, or any other aesthetic picture. Or capable of understanding, as Professor Stannard says, things of the world. Or do some of these capacities of the human brain, or mind, as Laurel would emphasize, come from a source, and a purpose much greater than the evolutionary purpose?