Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Three Most Apparent Forms of Awareness

I can demonstrate and define the three most apparent forms of awareness in nature with this paper.

  1. What is commonly called intelligence is conscious functional awareness.  This type of awareness manifests itself as the ability to use tools, the ability to solve problems, and the ability to produce things.  
  2. Unconscious functional awareness: This type of awareness informs functional awareness via the subconscious.  A thought may occur or a feeling may slowly arise.  Another manifestation may be the ability to perform a function without thinking.  A slug may use this form of awareness to avoid a salty patch.  
  3. Conscious non-functional awareness: This may take the form of a dream or fantasy, which has no direct practical function, but may provide information which is useful for other extended means or may be cathartic.

This is a very brief summary of the three most apparent types of awareness.  It is noteworthy that Darwin claimed that the thoughts of chimps differed from human thoughts only in degree and not in type.  I think it is probable that there is at least one exception to this.  I do not believe chimps can grasp logical necessity on even the most basic level.  If i said: All fish are animals.  All animals breathe oxygen.  Therefore all fish breathe oxygen.  —I do not think chimps would be able to grasp the logical necessity of this very simple syllogism, which may mean they cannot grasp logical necessity at all.  This is, of course, an unproven assertion.  But if chimps could not grasp logical necessity that would be a difference in the kind of thinking rather than just a matter of degree.  I also doubt that chimps have ever asked whether God exists.

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