Suppose my self-awareness, consciousness, point of view (POV) or qualia is not a "thing in itself" but rather an intrinsic emergent property of my brain's current brain state.
Then, as my brain state constantly changes every nanosecond (or rather Planck unit of time to be precise), does that mean that my POV can only exist for 1 Planck unit, only to be replaced by a new POV the next Planck unit, which in turn is also replaced by a new POV the next Planck unit, and so on and so forth?
Suppose the answer is YES. In that case, let’s say that during my lifetime 1 trillion POVs were aware of my brain/body (assuming a countable, discrete time series). Now, let’s say my “self-awareness”, that is the “awareness that I exist in this universe” or “Cogito ergo sum” or “POV” or "qualia" was one of those 1 trillion POVs that occurred during the lifetime of this body/brain.
This would mean that if I was aware of my existence, I could only have been aware of it for 1 Planck unit, after which I should have stopped existing. Then, how do you explain the fact that I’m constantly experiencing the illusion of being aware of my existence? Shouldn’t I have stopped existing by now?
Shouldn’t I be experiencing complete blankness, or more accurately, shouldn’t I be in a eternal state of non-existence, since my 1 Planck unit chance of being aware of my existence is already gone? So why am I in this constant illusion of being aware of my existence?
Isn't this a contradiction?
UPDATE: Another way to put it: If consciousness (or POV) is a complex property calculated as a function of brain state, then arguably each brain state maps to a unique POV. This is because the probability of a brain having exactly the same brain states in 2 different instants is practically zero, and their corresponding emergent POVs are consequently very likely different as well. In other words, POV1 which is aware of experience at instant t1 is totally different from POV2 which is aware of experience at instant t2, t2 > t1. So, if I identify myself as any POV at any given instant t, then by the moment the next instant arrives, "my" POV (the one that allowed me to be aware of my existence at instant t) is destroyed and a new POV arises which has nothing to do with "my" POV (already dead by now). So according to this line of reasoning, any consciousness/qualia can only be aware of its corresponding brain/body for 1 Planck unit before it vanishes into nothingness.