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 U - Unconscious


Unconscious: What produces one's conscious experiences.

Clearly, in the sense defined, it is very sensible to assume people have an unconscious, and Leibniz's simple argument for its existence is quite good: One may be woken up by sounds - hence there was something registering sounds that one was not conscious of while it was registering.

In other senses of 'unconscious' - for example: Freudian - much more tends to be assumed, which is mostly nonsense, since there is to date just no good scientific explanation of what consciousness is or how the human brain works.


See also: Consciousness

Literature: Dennett & Hofstadter, Searle,


 Original: Dec 30, 2004                                                Last edited: 12 September 2005.   Top