posted on Mar, 16 2016 @ 03:06 AM
originally posted by: Brometheus
Are memories part of conciousness? For example, someone that has a severe case of amnesia where he/she constantly forgets what happened the day
before. Is that person still conscious if he/she lives day to day with no recollection of the past.
From your perspective, you can't even know for certain whether or not I'm conscious. For all you know, I'm just a computer algorithm, or a figment of
your imagination. You might exist in a world in which you're the only conscious being, or where some are conscious and some aren't. Would it shock you
terribly if Paris Hilton was sooner an automaton the a truly conscious being? It would be regrettable if the only two conscious beings within the
universe was you and the ant which you crushed on the sidewalk recently without having ever been aware of its presence.
I see no reason why it shouldn't be possible for a being to be conscious, even if they're only aware of the moment. Even if one can only recall the
past second, they still have memory anyhow. Just a far shorter memory than most. If one were entirely lacking memory, I assume they'd be a vegetable
and thus never aware. There may be reason in that case to conclude they may lack consciousness in the metaphysical sense, and would certainly lack
consciousness in the neurological sense. Or, perhaps they'd be catatonic rather than a comatose vegetable.