Standard Model definitions of Consciousness
1. The state of being aware of and responsive
to one’s surroundings.
“she failed to regain consciousness and died two days later”
synonyms: awareness, wakefulness, alertness, responsiveness, sentience. “she failed to regain consciousness”
2. A person’s awareness or perception of something.
“her acute consciousness of Luke’s presence”
synonyms: awareness of, knowledge of the existence of, alertness to, sensitivity to, realization of, cognizance of, mindfulness of, perception of, apprehension of, recognition of.
These definitions apply primarily to higher levels of Consciousness typically experienced by human beings which of course raises the inevitable questions of what is consciousness and what exactly are human beings? Are animals conscious? Is a cell conscious? and so on.
There are a multitude of explanations for this hardest of conundrums so as a starting point I’ve selected three of the most interesting, for different reasons, as shown to the right. Please explore.