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Are We Born With Consciousness?

Bullish
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5/31/2013 9:37:44 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
By that I mean actively conscious, self aware. Are babies self aware? Does anyone have any active memory of when they are born? I'm not assuming that consciousness must exist memory, just that we don't have any active memory.

http://www.scientificamerican.com...

When we are born, we might not self aware. We might be gaining self awareness as we age, and there is no memory of when we were not self aware. Then some of us who are developed enough might reach the next stage, Nirvana.

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6/1/2013 9:13:43 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/31/2013 9:37:44 PM, Bullish wrote:
By that I mean actively conscious, self aware. Are babies self aware? Does anyone have any active memory of when they are born? I'm not assuming that consciousness must exist memory, just that we don't have any active memory.

http://www.scientificamerican.com...

When we are born, we might not self aware. We might be gaining self awareness as we age, and there is no memory of when we were not self aware. Then some of us who are developed enough might reach the next stage, Nirvana.

This is pretty much a response to http://www.debate.org...

Do you have a definition for consciousness, or self aware? Without a clear definition it's hard to answer something as yes, or no.

Most self awareness tests are impossible to present to a baby since it requires developed eye site to administer. So the standard, primping in a mirror isn't possible to do until after the eyes are developed, and by then they're may stages beyond when they were born.

And yes babies have active memory when they are born. They don't have memories as we'd define them, but without memory there is no language development.
AlbinoBunny
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6/1/2013 10:35:36 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Which one, consciousness or self-awareness?
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