I know I have a mind and am conscious but I don’t know whether others do. They may be programmes.This is possible especially if we are in a Matrix.
When I watch a movie read a novel, it’s a matrix written by its author and characters,including my favourite heros and heroines are inside it.So do they have independent minds or dependent ones defined by the author?
Well,some writers claim that characters of their novels behave by themselves and can’t be controlled. It means the characters are conscious. But even if they do, they are definitely in a Matrix ! How heart-breaking !