consciousness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n consciousness an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation "he lost consciousness"
    • n consciousness 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it is been decapitated
    • Consciousness Feeling, persuasion, or expectation; esp., inward sense of guilt or innocence. "An honest mind is not in the power of a dishonest: to break its peace there must be some guilt or consciousness ."
    • Consciousness Immediate knowledge or perception of the presence of any object, state, or sensation. See the Note under Attention. "Annihilate the consciousness of the object, you annihilate the consciousness of the operation.""And, when the steam
      Which overflowed the soul had passed away,
      A consciousness remained that it had left. . . . images and precious thoughts
      That shall not die, and can not be destroyed."
      "The consciousness of wrong brought with it the consciousness of weakness."
    • Consciousness The state of being conscious; knowledge of one's own existence, condition, sensations, mental operations, acts, etc. "Consciousness is thus, on the one hand, the recognition by the mind or “ego” of its acts and affections; -- in other words, the self-affirmation that certain modifications are known by me, and that these modifications are mine."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Julius Caesar was self-conscious about his receding hairline.
    • n consciousness The state of being conscious; the act or state of mind which distinguishes a waking from a sleeping person; the state of being aware of one's mental acts or states.
    • n consciousness Specifically Self-consciousness (which See).
    • n consciousness Perception; thought; intellectual action in general.
    • n consciousness A general phase of thought and feeling: as, the moral consciousness; the religious consciousness.
    • n consciousness An intuitive perception or persuasion; a state of being aware; an inward recognition;a feeling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Consciousness the waking state of the mind: the knowledge which the mind has of its own acts and feelings: thought
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Quotations

  • Charles James Fox
    Charles James Fox
    “He that is conscious of guilt cannot bear the innocence of others: So they will try to reduce all others to their own level.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
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    “The glow of satisfaction which follows the consciousness of doing our level best never comes to a human being from any other experience.”
  • Herbert Spencer
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    “The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
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    “To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.”
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
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    “To be too conscious is an illness. A real thorough going illness.”
  • Van Hartmann
    Van Hartmann
    “Instinct is action taken in pursuance of a purpose, but without conscious perception of what the purpose is.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. consciusconscīre, to know.

Usage

In literature:

I was conscious of a change in her, and the consciousness came with a sense of shearing pain.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
He had half consciously tried to give words to an image the girl had stirred in him.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
Perhaps he finds in his consciousness the perception of the table before him which lingers for a little while in his mind.
"Psychotherapy" by Hugo Münsterberg
For many, the hypnotic state represents a period in which the conscious guard is dropped.
"A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis" by Melvin Powers
But the real moment and the conscious moment are two different things.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
She was not conscious of herself, not conscious of joy or fear, or any emotion.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The smile was one of conscious power.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
One who becomes conscious of the daimonic element within him does not recognise it as innocent and in its first stage.
"Christianity As A Mystical Fact" by Rudolf Steiner
This was his last act of consciousness, and he passed from the conscious to the unconscious condition without pain.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The same knowledge is our refuge from our own consciousness of weakness.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
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In poetry:

And feel that with slumber half-conscious
She rests in the church-hay,
Her spirit unsoiled as in youth-time
When lovers were we.
"My Cicely" by Thomas Hardy
Nor ever voice of truth neglected
Breath'd reproaches in thine ear,
Nor secret pang of conscious error
Spake of retribution near.
"On Seeing Some Butterflies In A Clover Field On The Sabbath" by Caroline Fry
I watched her in the crowded ways,
A noble form, a queenly head,
With all the woman in her gaze,
The conscious woman in her tread.
"The Mystery Of A Year" by Archibald Lampman
There worms insatiate ever prey
On conscious sinners, night and day —
A sort of worms, that never die,
But gnaw to all eternity!
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren, (Part 2­), Or A Description Of Hell, An" by Rees Prichard
So grave, so wondering, so content,
As one new waked to conscious life,
Whose sudden joy with fear is blent,
He said, “My wife.”
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
I forgive you, matchless beauty,
Proudly conscious of your fame,
Loved by many a luckless youngster
Who will ne'er forget your name!
"In The Artillery" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop

In news:

During his teenage years in California, Arguello started forming a political consciousness.
Related Review on The New York Times on the Web: Raising Consciousness, Lightening Wallets.
As a leading importer/manufacturer of the world's finest spices and your IGA Red Oval partner, Gel Spice is happy to help keep IGA at the forefront of consumer consciousness.
Acura's newest sedan, the 2013 ILX , looks good, is fuel-conscious and has a controlled, comfortable ride.
Will there be a neuroscientific theory of consciousness.
When was the last time you consciously thought about former President John F Kennedy.
To actively, willfully loathe something on a continuing basis is a conscious choice.
Newest flavors appeal to exotic curiosities and health consciousness.
Eco-conscious owner behavior meets time-tested green principles in this off-the-grid home in the Hill country outside San Antonio.
Convulsing and semi-conscious after smoking substance 'similar to incense '.
The actions of the unconscious are so powerful and pervasive that they may 'dethrone' the conscious mind.
We don't have full understanding of brain damage and consciousness.
Lawn care operators are finding that as more people become environmentally-conscious, their appreciation for biofertility programs grows.
Web security firms Purewire and Reflexion Networks partner on providing Web and e-mail security for cost-conscious businesses.
In movie years, anyhow ("Dr No" came out in 1962) -- and in "Skyfall" Her Majesty's sexiest spy seems to be on the verge of a midlife crisis: He's stuck in a rut, feeling redundant and getting self-conscious about his age.
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In science:

The contents of the stream, i.e., the conscious events, act to modify the tendencies for later events to enter the stream.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
First, we conjecture that all human beings and the other living organisms have their own streams of consciousness.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
Note that the set of conscious events in consciousness must include all those that anyone has ever had, and for any personal stream of consciousness, all the events that have appeared in that person’s stream of consciousness.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
Even though all of our thoughts and experiences are in our stream of consciousness, and have certain “feel” or quale, it is common and useful to draw some distinctions between different kinds of thoughts.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
While both are parts of our stream of consciousness, experiences through the sensory apparatus, or sense data, are distinguished from theoretical constructs where memory is a contributing factor in causing these events.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
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