We Are The Cosmos Made Conscious And Life Is The Means By Which The Universe Understands Itself? Essay

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“We are the cosmos made conscious and life is the means by which the universe understands itself.” --Brian Cox. What is consciousness? I remember being a student in a NSCS 200 class, answering the attendance question of whether plants are conscious beings. They aim to fulfill a goal, they sense things, and with those stimuli, they make actions. So theoretically, they are conscious. But do they have consciousness? Are they aware what they are doing and why they are doing it? Do they feel things within themselves? And if the answers are no, what is then the difference between humans and between plants?
Susan Schneider wrote in The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness, “anything that we are at a given moment forms part of our consciousness, making conscious experience at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspects of our lives.” Searching for the word consciousness in the dictionary, a definition of ‘the state or quality of awareness, or, of being aware of an external object or something within oneself’ could be found. It can also be described as sentience, awareness, subjectivity, the ability to think or feel, and the executive control of the mind. Many theories of where consciousness comes from have arisen, but there seems to be an underlying theme of what consciousness is, in the broader sense, to most theories.
For instance, most theories agree that all sensory organs and their perceptions must combine within the brain to give us consciousness, and not separate

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