• WordNet 3.6
    • n unconsciousness a state lacking normal awareness of the self or environment
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: General Henry Heth (1825-1888) leading a confederate division in the Battle of Gettysburg, was hit in the head by a Union bullet, but his life was saved because he was wearing a hat two sizes too large, with newspaper folded inside the sweatband. The paper deflected the bullet, and the general, unconscious for 30 hours, recovered and lived another 25 years.
    • n unconsciousness The state of being unconscious, in any sense; absence of consciousness or of self-consciousness.
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  • Heinrich Heine
    “Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.”
  • Anais Nin
    “Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.”
  • Karl Kraus
    “My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious.”
  • Anne Sophie Swetchine
    “We reform others unconsciously when we walk uprightly.”
  • Count Leo Tolstoy
    “Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “The center that I cannot find is known to my unconscious mind.”


In literature:

Nay, every night we become unconscious in sleep, and rarely, if ever, remember anything that we think of during slumber.
"Real Ghost Stories" by William T. Stead
As he went he was unconscious, as he was always unconscious, of the little street.
"Christmas" by Zona Gale
Everything was dreamlike, blurring as though unconsciousness was upon me.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
It is the problem of unconsciousness that I am here stating.
"The Mind and the Brain" by Alfred Binet
It was as if he could behold the unconscious forms of all humanity, sleeping.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Prescott was standing beside a little table and unconsciously he rested his right hand upon it.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
Unconsciously Zaidos looked at it.
"Shelled by an Unseen Foe" by James Fiske
Unconscious or dead, she couldn't tell.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
Curtis proved that actual movements of the larynx unconsciously accompany intense thought.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
When he had gone, the Princess stood for an instant looking after him, all her heart in her unconscious eyes.
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter

In poetry:

Innocent babe,
In cradle laid,
Unconscious cause of all this joy,
Each Briton's prayer,
For Britain's heir,
Is "Angels guard thee, royal boy."
"On The Birth Of Albert Edward, Prince Of Wales" by Nora Pembroke
III. Nor seem'd unconscious of the charm
That lurk'd in every silent string,
For oft the little vagrant swept
O'er every chord his lucid wing.
"The Musical Fly" by Sydney Owenson
Laugh on! unconscious of thy doom,
All innocence and opening bloom;
Laugh on! while yet thine azure eye
Mirrors the peace that reigns on high.
"Sweet Sister" by Victor Marie Hugo
O somewhere, meek, unconscious dove,
That sitteth ranging golden hair;
And glad to find thyself so fair,
Poor child, that waiteth for thy love!
"In Memoriam A. H. H.: 6." by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Bless'd be thy slumbers, little love!
Unconscious of the ills so near;
May no rude noise thy dreams remote,
Or prompt the artless early tear;—
"Lines Supposed To Be Written" by Sir John Carr
But now thy state my envy moves:
For thou art woe's unconscious prize;
Thy heart no sense of suffering proves,
No fruitless tears bedew thine eyes.
"To a Maniac" by Amelia Opie

In news:

Bryson was found unconscious in his car this month after two auto accidents.
Authorities found him alone and unconscious behind the wheel of his car.
A 19-year-old went unconscious after someone punched him in the head early Friday morning.
Police say two high school students in Woodbridge have been arrested on drug charges after a teenager ate a marijuana-laced peanut butter cracker and fell unconscious.
(AP) — Police say two high school students in Woodbridge have been arrested on drug charges after a teenager ate a marijuana-laced peanut butter cracker and fell unconscious.
A man approaches Queen Walters as she lies unconscious in a motorized wheelchair.
In three follow-up studies, the researchers tested liberal college students for unconscious bias.
Drunken driver crashes twice within 10 minutes, found unconscious, Dover official says.
A drunken man crashed his car twice and was found unconscious by police, Dover 's public safety director said.
A parolee is accused of attacking a woman on an Auburn street early Saturday, stealing her personal items and leaving her unconscious.
Murphy 's mother discovered her unconscious in the shower at Monjack's home at about 8 am, officials said.
Tahlequah — A 19-year-old Tahlequah man was arrested for child neglect or endangerment and second-degree manslaughter after his 18-month-old daughter was found unconscious in a car at Norris Park Monday night.
He was unconscious and had stopped breathing.
LACEY, Wash – Firefighters pulled an unconscious 17-year-old boy out of a burning home early Thursday morning.
An 8-year-old girl from New Berlin who was pulled by lifeguards from the pool at the Wirth Aquatic Center in Brookfield after being found floating unconscious died Thursday.

In science:

A person is aware of almost none of the processing that is going on in his brain: unconscious brain action does almost everthing.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
First, there is the unconscious mechanical brain process governed by the Schroedinger equation.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
In fact, this more or less unconscious assumption underlies most of the present attempts to understand the glass transition (Ediger et al 1996).
Energy landscape - a key concept for the dynamics of glasses and liquids
Conscious perception takes hundreds of milliseconds. “Neurobiologists believe that memories are encoded in the synapses, and two billion synapses per square millimeter of cortex can hold a lot of memories.” Most brain processes are unconscious.
A model of memory, learning and recognition
It is difficult if not impossible, at the present time, to know if conscious and unconscious matter can be described in a unified way.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity