The mind does not affirm consciousness in our existence. Or does it? Are mind and consciousness one and the same? Does the mind produce consciousness? Or is the mind a catalyst for the manifestation of consciousness? Was there always consciousness in the universe? Is there a difference between form consciousness and life consciousness?
Consciousness is still a mostly uncharted territory for human beings. The mechanics of the brain and consciousness have been researched for decades. Doctors and scientists have learned much about how the brain functions. Being conscious and consciousness are areas that baffle humankind.
Consciousness has been defined by dictionary com as:
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.
Conscious is defined as:
1. The conscious, Psychoanalysis, the part of the mind comprising psychic material of which the individual is aware.
We are “aware”. This is a word that is associated often with consciousness. Awareness would appear to perform as a catalyst for consciousness. Awareness can actually expedite consciousness. The simple act of being aware can alter the content and outcome of almost any situation. It is not necessary for us to analyze awareness or even consciousness in any detail for this discussion.
What is the actual partnership between life forms and consciousness? This is similar to the chicken or the egg. Was there first consciousness, then the development of life forms or was it the other way around? If the brain (a mind) is needed to initiate “consciousness” then it would seem consciousness can not exist without a life form. Any given life form must also reach an evolutionary stage development that can be self-conscious.
I will be continuing this discussion in the next article. It will be posted soon. It would be wonderful to hear your ideas / insight about life forms and consciousness in reference to these articles. There is a link below that offers insight into the brain and consciousness. The writer of this article is suggesting that consciousness does existence without a brain. This article is contra to the ideas I have offered above. I felt it would be good to have opposing viewpoints to consider.
Best wishes to all