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Is our consciousness the foundational element as to who we are? Why or why not?

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When we sleep we are NOT conscious! Nevertheless when we ” Dream” we a still aware of self? Is it not that there is a separation between consciousness and the awareness of our’ self’ Explain if you think differently…… Take Care Hector
When we sleep we are NOT conscious! Nevertheless when we ” Dream” we are still aware of self? Is it not that there is a separation between consciousness and the awareness of our’ self’ Explain if you think differently…… Take Care Hector

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  1. Consciousness is not the foundational element of who we are.
    First there is the world. Every one has their place in it and their own formulated ideas of it.
    Secondly, there is a brain, that develops neuron patterns after it experiences things. Its system at birth is pretty set-up as well, but I won’t get into that.
    Fourthly, there is the consciousness.

  2. Hi Hector,
    No, it’s not. Don’t confuse prerequisites with the idea of “who we are” (in itself).
    We need certain things: Consciousness, functioning brains, etc, as prerequisite elements; but the foundation of “self” is memory.
    There have been some fascinating studies done of long-term sufferers of amnesia. And in all of these cases, the individuals exhibited marked changes in personality. They often liked different foods, different hobbies, even different types of mates.
    Without the intervening effect of memory, we would become different people.
    If you think about this, it raises a very important question for each of us… Do we really love and hate the things we love and hate, or do we respond to them because some memory is informing us that we have always loved and hated these things in the past, and so we must continue to do so in the present?
    It’s an interesting question, don’t you think?
    Cheers, mate.

  3. Nope. Consciousness is something you possess; your identity is separate.
    Rocks probably do not have consciousness; they do possess identity, however.

  4. Yes,but it doesn’t work alone. Ortega y Gasset said “I’m me plus my circumstance” so sometimes the context you live in plays a key role in developing your conscience since you can’t live apart from the world you’re part of – I hope I’ve made myself clear.

  5. Most certainly, in more ways than one. But on the simplest level, what we see the world to be and how we see ourselves happens because it all falls within the field of consciousness. Thus only whatever falls within our field of consciousness can shape who we are and whatever falls outside our field of consciousness cannot act upon us.

  6. Our waking state reinforces us to who we are and what our reality is. The sleep state our soul and defining ether as a person is still there just not making conscious decisions(choices) of any kind.

  7. There are many different levels of consciousness. From simply being awake, to being self aware, and being aware of the reality in which we live. Self awareness is the foundational element of who we are.

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