I'm having a hard time understanding your question. It seems like looking at a pile of ash and asking how it could possibly have ever been a stack of firewood.
Originally Posted by OrionTheory
As far as I'm concerned, conciousness is just an emergent property of our brains. While we are alive, we (appear to) think. When we are dead, our brains are no longer doing what they did, so we don't think. Anything that we call "conciousness" is gone. The end.
The Universe appears to be full of cause and effect; there is an arrow of time. We are alive, then later we are dead. I don't understand why our later death makes you worry about conciousness when we are alive.
Get up, a get-get, get down.