Originally posted by Frankidealist35
People talk about consciousness when they are really talking about the level of awareness people have. Just what is consciousness? Consciousness is
just something people say when they say they are "awake" but what does it mean that you're awake? You could be awake to some things and not to
other things. But, if you're really aware of what's going on you'll be more than conscious of these things because if you're just conscious of
things you're not thinking about them per say but if you're aware of them you really know these things exist and they're there and being aware of
things really is more of a state of mind. But people just like to use the word consciousness to make it seem more mysterious. I've always wondered
why this is. I don't really understand... why do people misuse the word consciousness to describe one's awareness of things?
Geee Frank, that's pretty complicated,
Let's do definitions
I hope i can paste all this to make it easier to reflect,
/ˈkɒnʃəsnɪs/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [kon-shuhs-nis] Show IPA Pronunciation
1. the state of being conscious; awareness of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.
2. the thoughts and feelings, collectively, of an individual or of an aggregate of people: the moral consciousness of a nation.
3. full activity of the mind and senses, as in waking life: to regain consciousness after fainting.
4. awareness of something for what it is; internal knowledge: consciousness of wrongdoing.
5. concern, interest, or acute awareness: class consciousness.
6. the mental activity of which a person is aware as contrasted with unconscious mental processes.
7. Philosophy. the mind or the mental faculties as characterized by thought, feelings, and volition.
8. raise one's consciousness, to increase one's awareness and understanding of one's own needs, behavior, attitudes, etc., esp. as a member of a
particular social or political group.
Con"scious*ness\, n. 1. The state of being conscious; knowledge of one's own existence, condition, sensations, mental operations, acts, etc.
Consciousness is thus, on the one hand, the recognition by the mind or "ego" of its acts and affections; -- in other words, the self-affirmation
that certain modifications are known by me, and that these modifications are mine. --Sir W. Hamilton.
2. Immediate knowledge or perception of the presence of any object, state, or sensation. See the Note under Attention.
Annihilate the consciousness of the object, you annihilate the consciousness of the operation. --Sir W. Hamilton.
And, when the steam Which overflowed the soul had passed away, A consciousness remained that it had left. . . . images and precious thoughts That
shall not die, and can not be destroyed. --Wordsworth.
The consciousness of wrong brought with it the consciousness of weakness. --Froude.
3. Feeling, persuasion, or expectation; esp., inward sense of guilt or innocence. [R.]
An honest mind is not in the power of a dishonest: to break its peace there must be some guilt or consciousness. --Pope.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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