Day: May 22, 2017

Consciousness

What comes to mind when you hear the word Consciousness? Does it conjure up images of the brain, or a mystical spiritual energy? It can mean different things to different people, so for the purposes of this article I will offer the dictionary definition: “Consciousness is the state of being aware of and responsive to one’s surroundings.” This means that we use our sensory perception to know and recognise things. Our sight, smell, and touch all work together when we are consciously aware. In effect we all have two parts to ourselves the conscious and the unconscious self. So if being conscious means being aware, the opposite would be true when describing the word ‘unconscious’, not being aware.  To highlight this point lets explore a learning theory. Basically when we study or learn new skills we go through the following 4 stages of learning: 1. unconscious incompetence 2. conscious incompetence  3. conscious competence  4. unconscious competence So an example we can use to illustrate the above in simple terms could be as follows. A learner driver has Unconscious Incompetence when taking their first lesson as they do not know how to drive having never driven before. After a few lessons

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