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Conscious and Meta-conscious

Conscious and Meta-conscious

  • Both conscious and meta-conscious entail the qualities of experience, however, meta-conscious processes also entail what is called re-representation.
  • Re-representation of consciousness is in which one interprets, describes or otherwise characterizes the state of one’s mind.
  • Attention plays an important role is in re-representation; that is, the conscious knowledge of an experience which helps in introspection.


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Summary of consciousness

Summary of consciousness

  • Consciousness may never arise because it may always be there to begin with. For all we know, what arises is merely a metacognitive configuration of preexisting consciousness.
  • Consciousness may be fundamental in nat...


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Consciousness and Re-representation

Consciousness and Re-representation

  • Attention plays an important role in re-representation; that is, the conscious knowledge of an experience and introspection.
  • Subjects cannot report—not even to themselves—experiences that aren’t re-represented.
  • However, cons...


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Consciousness in babies

Consciousness in babies

  • It’s debated in neuroscience whether babies are born conscious or whether they develop consciousness at some point (generally said to be five months of age)
  • It is hard to think that a newborn feels nothing. Newborns clearly seem to experience ...


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Conscious and Unconscious thoughts

Conscious and Unconscious thoughts

  • Consciousness” is often used in the literature as if it implied more than just the qualities of experience.
  • The key distinction between conscious and unconscious thought is that “Conscious thought is thought with attention.”


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Confusion in Consciousness

Confusion in Consciousness

  • We assume that consciousness is limited to re-represented mental contents under the focus of attention.
  • This confuses meta-consciousness with consciousness.
  • Conscious processes that lack re-representation and tr...


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An Example of consciousness

An Example of consciousness

Consider your breathing right now- the air flow and the movement of your breathing organs.

  • Were you not experiencing these sensations a moment ago, before I directed your attention to them?
  • Or were you just unaware that you were experiencing them all along?


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