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Consciousness is understood in a variety of ways In one belief a person is conscious when awake but unconscious when sleeping or comatose Yet people also do things requiring perception and thought unconsciously even when they are awake A person can be conscious of their physical surroundings pain and even a wish or fantasy In short a creature is conscious if it is aware of itself and that it is a physical and emotional being Consciousness is a psychological condition defined by the English philosopher John Locke as the perception of what passes in a mans own mind1 Consciousness is defined and perceived differently in many psychological view points For instance the earlier views around the 19th century was diversely considered Most perceived consciousness as a substance or mental stuff unlike an object from the physical world Others deferred that the conscious mind was what separated man from lower forms of life It is an attribute characterized by sensation and voluntary movement which described the difference between normal waking state of animals and men and their condition when asleep2 Other descriptions included an analysis of consciousness as a form of relationship or act of the mind toward objects in nature and a view that consciousness was a continuous field or stream of essentially mental sense data The method believed by most early writers in determining consciousness was introspectionlooking within ones own mind to discover the laws of its operation This belief was limited when it was apparent when observationalists could not agree on observations Obviously due to the differences in ones own idea of introspection and the underlying views they possessed The failure of introspection to reveal consistent laws led to the refection of all mental states as subjects of scientific study and thus psychology attached consciousness to its diversity The term consciousness is most often used by philosophers and psychologists as meaning attention to the contents or workings of ones
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