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Single Idea 4917

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 1. Consciousness / c. Parts of consciousness]

Full Idea

Awareness, perception, self-awareness, attention and reflection are all separate components of consciousness, and the quality of our experience varies according to which and how many of them are present.

Gist of Idea

Consciousness involves awareness, perception, self-awareness, attention and reflection


Rita Carter (Mapping the Mind [1998], p.300)

Book Reference

Carter,Rita: 'Mapping the Mind' [Phoenix 2000], p.300

A Reaction

Philosophers like to emphasise 'qualia' and 'intentionality'. This remark slices the cake differently. 'Attention' is interesting, dividing consciousness into two areas, with some experience fading away into the darkness. Hume denied self-awareness.