scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 2,469
Megan DArcangelo Liberating Consciousness and the Self What allows humans to become more conscious One can see that it is not a matter of how one expands his or her consciousness it is how one can stop constantly restricting and narrowing it Humans are creatures that already have a wide-open and infinitely interconnected consciousness built into them The fact that they choose to interfere and refine consciousness affects their state of being In Zen in the Art of Archery this exact restriction is what caused Eugen Herrigels struggle in his to attain the artless art of Zen self mastery The narrowing of consciousness into habits of end-gaining mentalities is also what the Alexander Technique attempts to alter The technique enables the mind and body to recognize and free itself from unconscious layers of muscular and mental habits Human restriction of the conscious mind into an end gaining mentality resembles the view of consciousness as what Daniel Dennett calls the Cartesian Theater where consciousness is narrowed to a specific point of experience In order to attain self mastery as means whereby one must abandon the notion of a Cartesian Theater and view consciousness as an ongoing process of human experience as that described in Dennetts Multiple Drafts model By allowing consciousness to become an ongoing process the mind is able to liberate itself into a state of full awareness of the state of being Cartesian Materialists believe that unconscious parts of the brain process sensory stimuli filling in gaps and clarifying ambiguities and then present the result to consciousness It is as if the unconscious processes are preparing a show that is presented to consciousness It is through the idea of the Cartesian Theater that the mind becomes trapped into the notion of consciousness resembling that of an end-gaining mentality Viewing consciousness as a Cartesian Theater all thoughts ideas and experiences can be reduced to a specific point of consciousness The Cartesian Theater is a
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA