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What exactly is consciousness? Your views?

For a writing class, I need to write a 3 page paper on consciousness, but I’m stuck on the second paragraph wondering which direction I should take.
I’m not asking anyone to write the paper for me, but what are some questions that I should consider while I finish this paper?
I’m allowed to say that there is a higher consciousness, but I am not allowed to preach any particular religion, so please, don’t discuss God or Jesus in your answer.
I’m trying to make this interesting and descriptive – this is the final paper for my writing class.
Thank you in advance.


  1. Is consciousness an illusion? We know that we do not directly perceive the world, but through our senses create a useful interpretation of the world. One that enables us to survive and thrive in our environment. So, is consciousness somehow different, a direct experience of our internal reality, or is it also only a useful interpretation of our inner life?

  2. Consciousness, as I understand it, is the awareness of ourselves and the world outside ourselves. But we could well be mistaken in what we are aware of.

  3. Albert Einstein and consciousness
    “A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
    – Albert Einstein


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