Awareness | Consciousness

When we refer to “I” or “me” we may mean our mind or our bodies but when we refer to “my awareness” or “my consciousness” we then mean only events taking place in our minds. In either case without a functioning mind we cannot point to anything and call it “I” or “me” or “mine”.

The “I” is always present whenever we perceive something happening to us (disturbing us). So it is logical to assume that some same part(s) of the nervous system is also always present and disturbed in the same or similar manner.

This applies whenever we are awake and also in sleep when we dream.

It is these more often present disturbances of the nervous system that result (amongst other things) into the states of awareness and consciousness. People very often use these words indistinguishably and some languages like spanish do not even have a separate word for awareness. The two words are used indiscriminately probably because both are disturbances of the nervous system very closely located inside the nervous system.

In the context of the main framework chart awareness is defined as the more permanent repetitive disturbance on the nervous system that interacts with and gets the feedback from the more varied, smaller and more local disturbances of consciousness.

The awareness watches what the consciousness is doing or what is going on in the various fields of consciousness.

Expressed differently: awareness is the observing part of the mind and consciousness is the participating part of the mind.

Science not gone so far as to make these distinctions. If it had the matter would be more one for psychology than philosophy.

see magazine article issue Nº1

see also Philosophy Chart Nº4

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