I apologize if this has already been said, and it was touched on a little by SW.
But here are my thoughts about consciousness.
Consciousness(and whatever associated sub-conscious and non-conscious processes are required to support it) is to the brain as what computing software/firmware is to hardware. Or is shorter form consciousness:brain::software:hardware.
I think eventually, we will figure out how to transfer a mind from our body to another "vessel" of sorts. The correlations between brain activity and the thoughts the brain user has may eventually lead to an understanding of how to store "mind" as a running process of electrical impulses.