The mystery of consciousness itself is fascinating and I invite you to explore deeper into these mysteries to form an appreciation for how wonderful and to take some literary license ….. "what a piece of work is man"… __________________________________________________ ____________________
I will be very happy to start a new thread ....Consciousness if you would like to participate in the "search".
When we talk of consciousness there are several things we can say in order to define the word. Being awake and aware of our surroundings is to be conscious. Using this definition we are including animals other than humans, because they share this kind, or level of consciousness. Humans are said to have a higher level of consciousness than all other known creatures on Earth however. One reason for this is that we are self aware. I can see myself as an individual, be aware of my identity, and create a self-image. I can also compare myself to, and consider myself separate from, everyone and everything else. We are aware of our surroundings in a way other animals are not. We see beauty in sunsets, landscapes and wildlife. We can see, and act on, the possibility of manipulating our environment to a degree that goes far beyond anything other species do. Most definitions of consciousness include ‘being awake’ as mine did, although we are actually still conscious, to some extent, when we are asleep. Loud enough noises, bright lights and other sensory information can all wake us up if necessary. So sleep is obviously not the same thing as total unconsciousness. We also talk of the sub-conscious, levels of consciousness of which we are not aware in the way we are aware of our everyday thoughts and sensory input. It has been argued that ‘deeper’ levels of consciousness are where instinctive and habitual behaviour patterns reside. These patterns may guide aspects of our behaviour and attitudes without us being entirely, or even at all, aware of them. Our sleeping state and those elements of consciousness of which we are not always aware are nevertheless, still aspects of consciousness.
What are your thoughts........? Can we go "deeper"?