piat1 at bellsouth.net
Fri Apr 26 07:08:42 EDT 2002
Seems to me that the drive to be conscious is the strongest drive of all. Consciousness is like going to the movies only better --it's our own life that is being shown. Being conscious of our motives and actions does not in my view necessarily mean we are freely choosing them. Nor do I understand how consciousness would be necessary for free choice to occur.
I'm not even sure what consciousness is. How does consciousness differ from mere responding? I think consciousness may depend upon the ability to represent experience. That perhaps the two are somehow intimately connected and responsible for producing the sense of life occurring on two levels --the mental spiritual and the physical material. What can a conscious person do that an unconscious person can not do? Is language the answer? Is there such a thing as unconscious language? I suppose there is such a thing as mindless chatter --and perhaps this is an example of it. But my question is could we have the word (as representation) without consciousness and/or vice versa. Perhaps it is true that in the beginning (of aware life) was the word and it occurred in the garden of Eden.
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