Consciousness : The Common Conception Of Consciousness

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Growing up the common conception of what consciousness pertains to what is done with thought. However, when taking an in-depth examination of this topic, it appears that there is more to it than that. It is one of the most familiar concepts in the world, yet, it has a mysterious factor to it. Consciousness poses a baffling problem of the mind. It raises many questions surrounding its definition and furthermore how it correlates to everything else that we know today. Chalmers in his work (put name here) attempts to define what consciousness is and two problems that make it difficult to grasp. In addition, I will seek to derive a solution to the issue surrounding comprehending consciousness.

Chalmers first seeks to define consciousness by examining the definition by Sutherland, who believed that the perceptions, thoughts and feelings or in other words awareness are the properties that encompass consciousness (Chalmers, year, pg.3). This definition does not seek to clarify what consciousness truly is. The issue with Sutherland definition is defining conscious experience in terms of primitive notions are then made fruitless – explaining matter and space is something much more fundamental (Chalmers, 1994, pg. 3). Chalmers does state that consciousness is ambiguous and is referring to a number of phenomena such as cognitive capacity or interpreting mental states (Chalmers, 1994, pg. 5). It can also be used synonymously with the term “awakeness” and is closely tied to attentional…
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