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Cosmos, Mind & Soul

Consciousness

Intro

The study of human consciousness is one of science's last great frontiers. After being neglected for many years (i.e. during a period of dominance by behaviorism in psychology), interest in the science of consciousness exploded in the last decades, with much progress in neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and other areas.

- The Center for Consciousness Studies    

This consciousness explosion has generated an enormous amount of interest, thought, inquiry, publications and findings. For example, philosopher David Chalmers offers an index to more than twenty-five hundred papers on the internet (see sidebar link).

Recently, Ervin Laszlo published three very important books, providing a foundational theory of everything (TOE) that may prove to be the philosophical and scientific lynchpin for future considerations, investigations and advancements in the philosophy and science of mind and consciousness, and of spirituality, too.

Defining Consciousness

Many definitions of consciousness abound. Here are several found on the web:

  • an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation; "he lost consciousness"
  • Consciousness is a quality of the mind generally regarded to comprise qualities such as subjectivity, self-awareness, sentience, sapience, and the ability to perceive the relationship between oneself and one's environment.

Ideas to Explore

The Hard Problem

Philosopher David Chalmers' easy and hard problems of consciousness

Materialism, Idealism & Dualism

Three prevalent philosophical views of consciousness, mind and matter

Panpsychism

An emerging philosophical view of consciousness, mind and matter

Worth Noting

Primary Perception

Biocommunication with plants, living foods, and human cells

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