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Do we need the ability to think or be in possession of a unifying self to be conscious? What is the word for being conscious of one's own conscious states?

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    no research effort whatsoever – user34105 Jul 31 '18 at 17:11
  • @Banana How would you evaluate the neuroscience answers to your questions? – user34017 Jul 31 '18 at 19:33
  • Consciousness is perception. You need to perceive (be aware of your existence is perception) to think. – Swami Vishwananda Aug 2 '18 at 5:09
  • The word you're after may be 'apperception'. – PeterJ Aug 9 '18 at 11:24

1 You have to be conscious to be aware that you can think.
2 The ability to think is necessary but not sufficient to be conscious.
3 Having a unifying self is consciousness.
4 Being conscious of our conscious states is called meditation.

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