What does consciousness mean?

Definitions for consciousness
ˈkɒn ʃəs nɪscon·scious·ness

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. consciousnessnoun

    an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation

    "he lost consciousness"

  2. awareness, consciousness, cognizance, cognisance, knowingnessnoun

    having knowledge of

    "he had no awareness of his mistakes"; "his sudden consciousness of the problem he faced"; "their intelligence and general knowingness was impressive"

Wiktionary

  1. consciousnessnoun

    The state of being conscious or aware; awareness.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Consciousnessnoun

    1.The perception of what passes in a man’s own mind. John Locke

    Etymology: from conscious.

    If spirit be without thinking, I have no idea of any thing left; therefore consciousness must be its essential attribute. Isaac Watts.

    Such ideas, no doubt, they would have had, had not their consciousness to themselves, of their ignorance of them, kept them from so idle an attempt. John Locke.

    No man doubts of a Supreme Being, until, from the consciousness of his provocations, it become his interest there should be none. Government of the Tongue, s. 3.

    An honest mind is not in the power of a dishonest: to break its peace, there must be some guilt or consciousness. Alexander Pope.

Wikipedia

  1. Consciousness

    Consciousness, at its simplest, is sentience and awareness of internal and external existence. However, the lack of definitions has led to millennia of analyses, explanations and debates by philosophers, theologians, linguists, and scientists. Opinions differ about what exactly needs to be studied or even considered consciousness. In some explanations, it is synonymous with the mind, and at other times, an aspect of mind. In the past, it was one's "inner life", the world of introspection, of private thought, imagination and volition. Today, it often includes any kind of cognition, experience, feeling or perception. It may be awareness, awareness of awareness, or self-awareness either continuously changing or not. The disparate range of research, notions and speculations raises a curiosity about whether the right questions are being asked.Examples of the range of descriptions, definitions or explanations are: simple wakefulness, one's sense of selfhood or soul explored by "looking within"; being a metaphorical "stream" of contents, or being a mental state, mental event or mental process of the brain.

ChatGPT

  1. consciousness

    Consciousness is the state of being aware of and being able to think and perceive one's surroundings, thoughts, and feelings. It is often seen as a complex mental state that involves an individual's ability to experience and interpret the world around them through sensory experiences and cognitive processes. Consciousness can allow for reflection on one's self and others, and on abstract concepts, which can lead to high levels of understanding and learning. It is important to note that concepts of consciousness can vary greatly across different cultures, philosophies, and scientific disciplines.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consciousnessnoun

    the state of being conscious; knowledge of one's own existence, condition, sensations, mental operations, acts, etc

  2. Consciousnessnoun

    immediate knowledge or perception of the presence of any object, state, or sensation. See the Note under Attention

  3. Consciousnessnoun

    feeling, persuasion, or expectation; esp., inward sense of guilt or innocence

Wikidata

  1. Consciousness

    Consciousness is the quality or state of being aware of an external object or something within oneself. It has been defined as: sentience, awareness, subjectivity, the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of selfhood, and the executive control system of the mind. Despite the difficulty in definition, many philosophers believe that there is a broadly shared underlying intuition about what consciousness is. As Max Velmans and Susan Schneider wrote in The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness: "Anything that we are aware of at a given moment forms part of our consciousness, making conscious experience at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives." Philosophers since the time of Descartes and Locke have struggled to comprehend the nature of consciousness and pin down its essential properties. Issues of concern in the philosophy of consciousness include whether the concept is fundamentally valid; whether consciousness can ever be explained mechanistically; whether non-human consciousness exists and if so how it can be recognized; how consciousness relates to language; whether consciousness can be understood in a way that does not require a dualistic distinction between mental and physical states or properties; and whether it may ever be possible for computers or robots to be conscious.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. consciousness

    A state wherein one becomes aware that he is being robbed, swindled or duped, by either a natural or an artificial law. Aside from his periods of sleep it may be said that man is always in a state of consciousness when voting, making love, or when succumbing to any other form of hypnotic suggestion.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Consciousness

    Sense of awareness of self and of the environment.

Editors Contribution

  1. consciousness

    A form of personal and collective ability, animals, awareness, beings, beliefs, change, color, conscience, data, emotion, expression, energy, evolution, facts, feeling, frequency, human beings, information, intelligence, knowing, knowledge, life, light, love, memory, minds, people, perceptions, perspectives, proof, souls, spirit, structures, subconscious, systems, thoughts, truth,understanding, unity and wisdom.

    Consciousness is the collective sum of data that flows and moves throughout the energy fields of planet earth and beyond. We all have a cause and effect on each other through the interaction of the consciousness.


    Submitted by MaryC on April 6, 2020  


  2. consciousness

    An animal or persons awareness, feeling, knowing, understanding, recognition, intelligence, knowledge, experience or perception of life and reality.

    Animal and human consciousness is very important in life.


    Submitted by MaryC on December 21, 2019  


  3. consciousness

    The feeling and knowing of being aware of and responsive to data, energy, thought, love, light, frequency, change, people, animals and life.

    The human consciousness is eternal and infinite and is a miracles in itself.


    Submitted by MaryC on December 21, 2019  


  4. consciousness

    The feeling and knowing of being conscious, aware, experience and knowledge of existence, thought, feeling, knowing, senses and life.

    Consciousness of a human being is very important as it is our awareness of what we live, experience and have knowledge of.


    Submitted by MaryC on December 21, 2019  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'consciousness' in Nouns Frequency: #1524

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of consciousness in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of consciousness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of consciousness in a Sentence

  1. Oscar Isaac:

    What's most interesting about trying to figure out AI is the questions that it forces you to ask about the nature of consciousness.

  2. D. H. Lawrence:

    The mind can assert anything and pretend it has proved it. My beliefs I test on my body, on my intuitional consciousness, and when I get a response there, then I accept.

  3. Chris Smith:

    His condition has not improved since ; he has not regained consciousness, his wife, Yevgenia, said in an e-mail to RFE/RL and other media outlets. Kara-Murza’s father, a prominent journalist, told Russian media Thursday that the situation appears to be more serious than we thought. His lungs are being artificially ventilated, he is connected to 10 devices. Related ImageExpand / ContractKara-Murza,( l.), is an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, as was his ally, Boris Nemtsov,( r.). , who was gunned down near the Kremlin in February. ( Reuters) Kara-Murza's father is a journalist with RFE/RL’s Russian Service. The activist's family was stopped short of raising public questions about whether foul play was involved. There is no criminal case so far, none has been opened because he is simply a normal patient who arrived at a Moscow hospital by ambulance. That’s his status, nothing more, his father told a radio station. Our task right now is to bring him to a normal trajectory of recuperation. We ’ll establish the cause [ of the illness ] later. Open Russia was founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an oil oligarch and Kremlin opponent who lives in Switzerland after Mikhail Khodorkovsky was pardoned by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2013 following 10 years in prison. Open Russia's new documentary accuses Kadyrov, a former rebel fighter who joined forces with the Kremlin in 2000, of participating in murders and torture in the North Caucasus republic. Related ImageExpand / ContractChechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was accused of torture and murder in the new documentary. ( Reuters) Both the Kremlin and Kadyrov have denied involvement in the killing of Boris Nemtsov, although Kadyrov praised the main suspect in the case, a former Chechen police officer, as a.

  4. Amit Ray:

    Blaming none, disrespecting nothing is the doorway to Unity Consciousness.

  5. Eric Butterworth:

    Evil, and evil spirits, devils and devil possession, are the outgrowth of man's inadequate consciousness of God. We must avoid thinking of evil as a thing in itself-a force that works against man or, against God, if you will.

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