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Consciousness

Consciousness is the state or quality of awareness, or, of being aware of an external object or something within oneself. It has been defined variously in terms of sentience, awareness, qualia, subjectivity, the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of selfhood or soul, the fact that there is something "that it is like" to "have" or "be" it, and the executive control system of the mind. In contemporary philosophy its definition is often hinted at via the logical possibility of its absence, the philosophical zombie, which is defined as a being whose behavior and function are identical to one's own yet there is "no-one in there" experiencing it.

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Dan Dennett talks about his views on consciousness and free will. Dennett believes consciousness simply does not exist, and thus doesn't require explanation. We do not need to explain what isn't there, and so that is why we do not have an explanation for what consciousness is--because there is no such thing. It has just come to be an easy way to refer to the compounded efforts of the different parts of the brain. Which could just as easily be called neural processes.

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