February 27th, 2009

am I conscious now?

Dr. Susan Blackmore explores the nature of consciousness:

Am I conscious now?

Of course I am. Yes, I am conscious now.

Am I conscious now?

Of course I am. Yes, I am conscious now.

But something odd happened. When I asked myself the question it was as though I became conscious at that moment. Was I not conscious before? It felt as though I was waking up – coming to consciousness when I asked the question – because I asked the question.

What is going on? (Calm down. Take it slowly.)

I can remember what was happening just before I asked the question, so it seems that someone must have been conscious. Was someone else conscious a moment before – as though the waking up is a change in who is conscious? It certainly didn’t feel as though it could have been me because I just woke up, but surely it wasn’t anyone else, for who else could there be in here?

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previously posted: The “grand illusion” of consciousness


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