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The Imperfect Memory and the Excessive ImaginationCreators of ConsciousnessA StudyTraced through Funes the Memorious and MeursaultConsciousness separates humans from sense perceiving garbage heaps Jorge Luis Borges in Funes the Memorious and Albert Camus in The Stranger explore the causes of consciousness They are philosophers who write fiction to answer the question What makes us aware An imperfect memory and imagination define our reality Funes can be aware of other realities because has a perfect memory Meursault reveals that the missing element for Funes to possess consciousness is imagination I will define consciousness assess memory and imagination as essential discuss metaphor as a manifestation of consciousness and isolate the affect of the awareness of other consciousness Without memory we could not compare a past object or idea with a present one Memory allows us to enhance past objective observations with present sensory perceptions Because we have an imperfect memory that is we cannot remember every detail we embellish We give a past idea or object an identity independent from the external world because we perceive and imagine it differently than our initial sensory reaction We change our original reaction with our imagination Thus creative people experience life more vividly In the process of consciousness we first remember something imperfectly and then qualify it with other embellished thoughts The act of thought then is not consciousness Thought is the comparison of one object to another We are not conscious because we notice a difference between two things Once we embellish the relationship however we create an internal reality that is an imperfect copy of our true sensory reaction We possess consciousness when we discern our personal dynamic reality from the outside world Thus consciousness of multiple realities creates a sense of self We are conscious individuals because our senses do not limit our perception of the external reality It is undeniably ours because we use our imagination to alter it Therefore consciousness is the awareness that
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