When anesthesia chemicals are applied to the brain’s nerve cells and their microtubules structure, the ongoing process of consciousness of witnessing what the brain is doing is totally inhibited and halted. It happens, as sure as anything, when done right. The inescapable conclusion is that the process of consciousness is chemical; there’s no real decent way to neglect or get around this. When the anesthesia is taken off, then consciousness returns. It’s not that it ran and hid in the closet and then returned when the coast was clear.
I call consciousness—it being the brain’s perception of itself—the sixth sense. This consciousness process extends all the way to the nerve spindles of the body, allowing one to actionize before committing to actually moving. It is also useful for learning, it then being used intensely until the actions become more automatic. Of course, it’s greatest use is so we can know what we’re doing, thinking, or feeling. Some have latched on only to the word ‘consciousness’ itself, as if no brain or body is required to support it. Anyway, we have localized the phenomena to the brain.
Consciousness from the neurological states that correlate to it arrives 200-300 milliseconds after the subconscious brain has completed its analysis, for this takes time, and so consciousness is the last to ‘know’ of the result, so there is no ‘consciousness being first and making all else’.