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Originally posted by Darkblade71
Forgive me for what is a simple response and opinion.
I believe that consciousness begins long before the physical body is conceived.
Originally posted by WhiteHat
Modern science define consciousness as "that which is aware of itself"; but that would be self-consciousness.
I think that consciousness is much better defined in buddhism as "that which is aware". Meaning the consciousness is that which experiences things, feelings, sensations and so on, either through a body or outside of it.
In this respect, every living thing, no matter how small, have a consciousness.
I wonder if plants have a consciousness; it was proved that they are aware and reacting to their surroundings.
edit on 27-10-2011 by WhiteHat because: (no reason given)
Wonder no more ... :-)