posted on Oct, 30 2008 @ 10:56 AM
reply to post by kettlebellysmith
Hey, i did remove the definitions to shorten the post so i apologise for that .
Conscious: perceiving, apprehending, or noticing with a degree of controlled thought or observation.
Consciousness is an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation; "he lost consciousness"
But you can knock a dog unconscious
Self-consciousness is the reflexive state or act of being aware of being aware.
Self -awareness is the awareness of your own individuality.
I hope that helps
[edit to add] I think the main difference between a dog and a single cell is that a dog acts or takes action, whereas a single cell simply reacts. You
can argue that a dog also simply reacts, but based on more variables. But my argument isnt about the consciousness of organisms, or lack of, its the
argument that nature itself through some means (and not through DNA) is able to at least store and compile data. It may not even be conscious (thats
just my interpretation at this time), but there is definitely some other mechanism influencing evolution, imho.
[edit on 30-10-2008 by enduser]