>>7782484 Your consciousness being made up of the information that your perception has granted you, your consciousness then processes this information and allows you to experience reality. So they're dependent on one another; for instance, if you have a mental illness this changes your perception, which then affects your consciousness and how you process this information. - Your reality is real to you, others reality is real to them. Mental illness is just a vastly different reality to the norm, making it abnormal.
>>7783214 Woah, woah, woah there. Consciousness is self awareness, at a fundamenral level it is the 'left' and 'right' halves of the brain recognising their unique seperatedness. This, within any framework, is a form of schizophrenia. Now you anon, have fonversations with yourself inside your mind, this is the nature of slf-awareness and either is or is not a form of mental ilness. Mental illness is not therefore a vastly different reality, in fact, it is all too easily far too close to 'normalcy'
>>7783600 Infants are not born with self-awareness, if it was -FUNDAMENTAL- they would be. They -LEARN- this self-awareness via their perception of reality, which affects their consciousness, whilst their consciousness affects their perception.
>>7783687 Consciousness doesn't mean understanding of the world, their death(s) would mean nothing to them. As children grow, they learn and hopefully learn the worth of life and understanding of the world and self-awareness.
>>7783723 >at an early age >age >aging Right, so you're saying they learn... via perception affecting their consciousness and vice versa? You are aware, I said at birth, you've basically backed up my point by saying after they've -LEARNT- and -INTERACTED- they become more self-aware. Thank you, you moron.
There are two problems of consciousness, the easy one and the hard one.
The easy one can be answered in a hand-wavey fashion by the following sentence. Consciousness is the story we tell ourselves.
The hard problem of consciousness, which is the problem of raw subjective experience, seems to be unanswerable by any models which exist in science, or even philosophy, today.
One of the interesting models is Tononi's integrated information theory, which states that consciousness is what it "feels" like to have highly integrated information processing systems.
The other interesting idea is the Von Neumann–Wigner interpretation of quantum mechanics, where consciousness is the agent of collapse of the wave function. This model is potentially compatible with Tononi's.
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