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What Is Consciousness?

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Published on Jan 6, 2012

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Learn more:

Cleverbot: http://cleverbot.com/

Wikipedia on Consciousness: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consciou...

Philosophical ZOMBIES: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/zom...

NAMI on Anosognosia: http://www.nami.org/Content/Navigatio...

Information is Beautiful on Consciousness Theories: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net...

Google Books: Awarenes of Deficit After Brain Injury": http://books.google.com/books?id=xze8...

"What is consciousness" conscious "what is identity" identity vsauce "Michael Stevens" brain neuroscience "other minds"

Comments • 12,142

Detc0re
Do not watch Vsauce if your clock is in the AM range
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loran camerabeast
12:01 and a bitta da weed
GalaxyOfWaffles #
its lunch time
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Dmitry Pepper
It's fascinating how, basically, our brain cannot figure out itself. We are conscious about our consciousness, but cannot understand our consciousness.
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Spike88 Bebop
Niranjhana Narayanan Thanks for the link I will read it when I have time
Niranjhana Narayanan
Spike88 Bebop yeah if you're interested, you can read more here: http://www.simulation-argument.com/simulation.html it's quite intriguing
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Ocko Ho
Is the brain creating your consciousness... or is consciousness creating your reality ?
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lGalaxisl
The answer to both of these questions is yes.
Lonk of Legends
It's been proven it's both actually
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Koegon
+VSauce How can we "hear" our own thoughts?
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nenissaK
+But do you mean that you Don't think through "speaking in your head", aka. using words which are more or less audible when you experience your own thoughts? Because that would be really interesting. What do you mean? But whatever the case, the fact that we think through words and numbers is actually astonishing since that all languages are completely made up by humans. It's spectacular to say the least, it also means that the amount of words we have limit what we can think, and vice versa. In other words, language is very important.
nenissaK
-Taikamuna My experience: When you're thinking in sentences in your head, for example. You kind of hear what you are thinking in your head because you are thinking through Words; if you were deaf, then probably maybe you'd "see" words written on paper or imagine sign language for instance - we have to ask a deaf person about that. The point is, we have sign language and a spoken one, the latter is with which we are accustomed to communicate live in situations where speaking is allowed . But of course not "hearing" concretely so that you could "shout" in your head so that you wouldn't hear anything from the outside world simultaneously, for example. If you hallucinate, you can hear and see things that are not really there - same thing. Also dreams etc, it happens all the time.
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Eddie 2P
when i was a kid i thought everyone was ai / robots cuz they didnt seem to think for themselves.
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TheYouTubeNoob
+Eddie 2P Ha, you got it backwards buddy. Most people think ONLY for themselves.
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Space Man
The self is an illusion
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Michael Johnson
Not according to Sartre
Kot Koci
it's me the Universe is
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Jose Penuelas
that one where blind people don't admit there blind is kind of fucking hilarious
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sapnu puas
I've recently witnessed a childs death. It put me into an existential crisis, and now I'm here.
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'Lana James
I used to think I was the only real human and everyone else was just a robot okay..... I still kind of think that.
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Lemonade Linds
WAIT ITS NOT JUST ME WHO THOUGHT THAT
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Miranda Loves Music
It's almost 2 am....I need to sleep
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Nash Doyle
Dylan Foster sometimes I do pass out online.
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