posted on Mar, 24 2015 @ 12:18 PM
After long ponderous thoughts, I came to the conclusion that consciousness has 4 levels and after reading another thread I feel compelled to share my
thoughts on the matter.
What separates us from the animal kingdom is our level of consciousness. All animals are conscious to a certain degree and I believe we can almost
measure where each animal sits on the scale.
I believe consciousness is the ability to ask questions, or what I like to refer to as the 4W's.
Let's start with the lowest form of consciousness 'Who' this is the lowest form because this allows creatures of the animal kingdom to
differentiate between friend or foe, all animals have this level of consciousness, I believe that this level is vital even for the simplest of life
Next we have 'When/Where', this level of consciousness exists in a smaller elite of living creatures. The ability to ask these questions isn't
fixed, becomes an exponential scale at this point. But basically at this level animals can ask these questions, which allows them to learn, when they
should behave a certain way, for example where to find food or when to attack an enemy.
The second highest level of consciousness is 'What/How', this level of consciousness allows animals to learn how to use simple tools or discover how
to use certain tools. It gives animals the ability to ask, what or how do I get food or acceptance? This level of consciousness exists in a few very
elite animals, for instance apes, crows and dolphins etc.
What separates Humans from the animal kingdom however is the ability to ask 'Why', this is the highest and final level of consciousness. The ability
to ask why is what has pushed humanity further than any other animal. 'why', let us create better tools and find better solutions to our problems.
Whereas the chimpanzee might use a stick to fish for ants, at this stage we asked why? Why isn't there a better way? Why are we doing it this way?
This allowed is to return back over the other questions What, How, When, Where and ask Why at every option and always find a better way.
This is the conclusion I came to and this, I believe is what separates man from the animal kingdom. It's not that man is separate, but the whole
animal kingdom can be situated along the scale of consciousness, each animal separated from one another.
But the reason Humanity sits at the top of the consciousness scale, is the ability to ask the question, Why?