Conscious State of Mind…

Rita Carter’s discussion of consciousness in 2002 compares with William James’s in 1890 in a way in which both authors address our conscious state of mind. Carter and James mentions that our minds are always working, providing examples of how our minds interact with the environment. As humans our minds go through different classes. For example people can go from loving, hating, willing, reasoning, and many other states. Our conscious state of mind, according to the authors also provide us with various feelings.

In James’s account, Mr. Shadworth describes his conscious state of mind mentioning that his conscious state of mind provided him with several feelings. Therefore he does not rely on his conscious state of mind to provide him with facts. Both authors describe how our conscious state of mind is never the same, which is the reason why objects that are the same will not give us the same sensation over again.

Rita Carter’s explores our conscious state in more depth. She reveals various abilities our conscious state has. For example, in her article “Exploring Consciousness” she introduces a concept known as the “blindsight.” This concept discusses ways in which people use their senses to provide them with answers; when they are not conscious. “Blindsight” implies that that when we are conscious, we are still not aware of everything even though it appears that we are because we are awake.

The visual perception according to Carter limits us. The way we see, only allows us to capture a inadequate information. Therefore we miss out on details that are present (Cater 12).

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3 Responses to Conscious State of Mind…

  1. Dominique Zino says:

    Does Carter seem to be criticizing our mode of visual perception or is the “inadequate information” we work with when we see a necessary condition of human vision?


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