What is Consciousness

What does it mean to be conscious? This question has been confusing scientists and philosophers for hundreds of years. A usual description of consciousness is “awareness of one’s self embedded in the world”. Your own self-awareness defines who you are in the society.

Neuro scientists regard that consciousness comes from the movements of the neurons in your brain. Other scientists theorize that consciousness is represented by groups of neurons interacting in your brain. Scientists cannot agree on the definition of consciousness. Until then, how to study it will still remain a mystery.

On a primary level, consciousness is the process of being aware and ability to process information. Doctors can call you conscious basing on a patient’s wakefulness and their reaction to external stimuli. Scientists can’t fully understand and study what is happening to our brain when it creates consciousness. But scientists like Baroness Susan Greenfield are refining our knowledge about it by leading a group of experts on a research on how neurons create our awareness and consciousness. A fact to keep in mind is that consciousness is not the same among all of us. Different people may experience consciousness in a variety of ways. It will be very difficult to compare people’s perception on how they experience consciousness.

The problem with the study of consciousness is that it lacks a uniformly accepted definition. Rene Descartes suggested it the theory of “Cogito Ergo Sum” which translates to “I think, therefore I am”. This means the reality of one’s thinking defines his consciousness. In our world today, consciousness is regarded as one’s awareness of the events happening around them.  If you can describe your experience and put it to words, then this will become part of your consciousness.

Recent researches led by Baroness Susan Greenfield are focusing on being able to understand the science behind our conscious experiences. Scientists have also used brain scanning technologies to find specific neurons which can be linked to various conscious events.

Consciousness is our sense that the world we live in is separate from us. It is still unclear how our neurons affect specific parts of the brain that results in subjective thoughts. Even though there are latest researches and advances in the study of consciousness, we still have a very long way to go in understanding it. Find out more about how Baroness Susan Greenfield and her team of researchers continue to explore the brain in the search for answers online.

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