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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %OBJECTIVE SELF CONSCIOUSNESS 860701 Con inanimate matter become conscious of itself? Can objects be aware of themselves and of other objects? Are there any objects which have personal attributes? To answer such questions requires some understanding of what attributes are characteristic of consciousness, awareness, personhood. Consciousness, awareness and personhood all entail an ability to relate self to the environment and others in meaningful ways which promote the survival of those involved. Such an ability entails in some sense self- perception in relation to the relationships between self and the environment/others. There must be some strategy in terms of which decisions are made which facilitate coping. Behavior which is effective coping is suggestive of a high level of the relevant kinds of abilities. Objective behavior by itself is not adequate evidence of consciousness, awareness and personhood. Such behavior needs to be confirmed by communications which reveal that there is deliberate intentionality on the part of the creature. Such communication is effective only if the creature is capable of communication and there is another creature capable of entering into dialogue with the first. Thus the evidence of consciousness, awareness and personhood depends upon the attributes of at least two creatures. In the absence of appropriate attributes in one or the other there can not be adequate evidence of consciousness, awareness or personhood. The evidence is essentially communal in character, not objective in nature. If one or the other creature is unwilling to enter into dialogue with the "other" then there can not be communications which reveal that there is deliberate intentionality. For either to treat the other in purely objective ways cuts off the possibility of full dialogue. Thus objectivity is not the key to the transcendence of bias in the search for the range of consciousness, awareness and personhood. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================