Today I read in Scientific American, on the effort to map the human brain. Also I am in the middle of Antonio Damasio's book: "Self Comes to Mind".
The article has a pessimistic note, not I!
All you need is a correct theory of what Consciousness is, more to the point: What is the Self?
I agree with Dr. Damasio, who himself got his cues from Baruch Spinoza. You need the Heart, without the emotional component to the mind, we will never find The Self.
Now we need a well directed, and funded project to accomplish this goal.