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How does consciousness arise in the brain?

How does consciousness arise within the brain? What exactly is it? How do you know if you’re conscious or not?

It’s amazing to imagine that my brain can actually think about itself… Put another way, my brain is imagining that my brain is imagining.

SO… I ask you…

How does the simple fact of having a bunch of neuron cells clumped together end up producing an “awareness” sensation? What exactly is that “awareness” anyway?

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  • Consciousness is variously defined as subjective experience, awareness, the ability to experience “feeling”, wakefulness, the understanding of the concept “self”, or the executive control system of the mind. It is an umbrella term that may refer to a variety of mental phenomena. Although humans realize what everyday experiences are, consciousness itself resists being defined, philosophers note (e.g. John Searle in The Oxford Companion to Philosophy): “Anything that we are aware of at a given moment forms part of our consciousness, making conscious experience at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives.” –Schneider and Velmans, 2007…Consciousness in medicine (e.g., anesthesiology) is assessed by observing a patient’s alertness and responsiveness, and can be seen as a continuum of states ranging from alert, oriented to time and place, and communicative, through disorientation, then delirium, then loss of any meaningful communication, and ending with loss of movement in response to painful stimulation.Consciousness in psychology and philosophy typically means something beyond what it means for anesthesiology, and may be said in many contexts to imply four characteristics: subjectivity, change, continuity, and selectivity. Philosopher Franz Brentano has suggested intentionality or aboutness (that consciousness is about something). However, within the philosophy of mind there is no consensus on whether intentionality is a requirement for consciousness……

    There are many philosophical stances on consciousness, including behaviorism, dualism, idealism, functionalism, reflexive monism, phenomenalism, phenomenology and intentionality, physicalism, emergentism, mysticism, personal identity, and externalism.

  • There are different nerves that control different senses in your body. I think that the frontal lobe is what controls consciousness.

  • Well, its being aware of your surroundings and being in touch with them.

    My favorite quote about this is
    ” Life is a dream, and we are the imaginations of ourselves ”
    Why ? because I feel that this means the life you are living now is already over.
    That time itself has already ticked away because we do not live in the past, though we keep progressing into the future. Thus, the life you are living is only borrowed.

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