David Chalmers provides his insight on consciousness by first identifying the easy problems presented by consciousness, then the hard problem that is puzzling and one that can’t be fully explained.
The first is that the Dusk of Dawn treatment of the issues issubsumed much more fully under a thematics of“environment”, articulated as social, geographical, andcultural in its dimensions and both dynamic and relatively stable inhistorical terms. Writing about “the facts of the Negro’sdouble environment”, Du Bois, characterizes the situationthus:
Despite the subjective nature of consciousness, perceived by many to be a personal and private aspect of human existence, neurobiologists are investigating and measuring objective characteristics of introspective reasoning and associated elements of morality.
Daydreaming is “a common variation of consciousness in which attention shifts to memories and desires, away from the immediate situation” (Zimbarbo 332).
Double consciousness comes in much later in a child's life.
This passage is surely aimed against the debilitating effects of thefacts of life for Black folk in the Jim-Crow south. In it Du Boisurges the reader’s resistance against the submersion of hercherished ideal—equality qua“brotherhood”—by those brute facts of life. And thatis resistance to the pernicious double consciousness that would buryour intimate self-understanding under a dominant white supremacistrationalization of racial inequality. Such resistance involves anexpanded, and expansive, conception of “this our world”,one that owns the world in all its manifold, stunning, and appallingcomplexity.
[tags: double consciousness, the stranger]
My Introduction to Psychology textbook defines consciousness as,” the subjective experience of perceiving oneself and ones surroundings.” (Kalat, 2011, p.342).
[tags: DuBois Education Educating Essays]
In a sub-section of the Phenomenology of Spirit entitled ‘Independence and Dependence of Self-Consciousness: Lordship and Bondage’, Hegel describes the development of self-consciousness, and that while he agrees with the notion put forth by earlier philosophers that an individual is aware of himself as a conscious being and a subject, he also advances the argument that other beings (and fellow subjects) are objects from the point of view of the primary subject (self)....