Perhaps the most concise explanation of the scientific research community’s definition of consciousness: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-superhuman-mind/201303/what-is-consciousness

A proposal to study consciousness at Stanford gives us insight into the difficulty of defining research terms when we’re studying esoteric ideas: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/consciousness-neuroscience/

If time is essentially a construct of our conscious minds, perhaps the entirety of reality is as well (when you read this article, also consider that perhaps God is the conscious observer): https://dailygalaxy.com/2019/07/a-smoky-dragon-the-cosmos-is-a-participatory-universe-weekend-feature/