Colleen Steen

Fairfax, VT, United States

About Colleen

My TED story

A friend who knows about my near death experience sent me the link to Jill Bolte Taylor's talk because he percieves similarities in our experiences. I continue to enjoy the educational presentations and insightful comments. Thank you TED for providing the opportunity to connect the world with this forum.

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Comments & conversations

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Colleen Steen
Posted about 15 hours ago
David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?
Hi Larry and welcome back:>) My perception of consciousness, is that it is basically an energy embracing everything that is. So with that in mind, everything would influence consciousness and consciousness would influence everything. Your idea that "the thing we seek to study is the thing we use to study it with" is quite digestible for me:>) I observe people in this conversation trying to separate the elements of consciousness, which in my humble perception, causes confusion and complication. "One of the great difficulties in the new order of thought is that we are likely to indulge in too much theory and too little practice". (Ernest Holmes - "The Science of Mind") Consciousness, on many levels, is a naturally occurring element/energy in the process of life, influencing all aspects of the life experience. When we become more and more aware of consciousness on different levels, our personal consciousness expands:>)
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Colleen Steen
Posted about 18 hours ago
David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?
Shaikh and Yubal, You are suggesting that time ("a continuum which lacks spatial dimensions and in which events succeed one another from past through present to future") is an invention of consciousness. You are not referring to time ("the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues")?
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Colleen Steen
Posted about 18 hours ago
David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?
Yubal, You write..."time is the invention of consciousness". This may be true if one limits consciousness to a human. Time is a human construct....is it not? If one believes that consciousness reaches beyond the human mind, then I question your statement that time is the invention of consciousness. I agree that some type of consciousness was needed for humans to create the concept of time.
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Colleen Steen
Posted about 22 hours ago
David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?
I'm sorry Lisa, that you found my answer to be "incomprehensible", and I do not agree that it was a "leap from one meaning to another". My comment was clear, simple, and concise, which is how I like to communicate. If you do not understand it, that's ok.
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Colleen Steen
Posted about 22 hours ago
David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?
I see little hope of seeing the real potential of the definition you propose as well Lisa. You say..."The simplest definition I have encountered is: ‘sense of an other’." That appears to be your own personal definition. The established definition for consciousness is..."the quality or state of being aware esp. of something within oneself" AND "the state or fact of being conscious of an external object, state, or fact". It includes awareness of both within, and external.
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Colleen Steen
Posted 1 day ago
David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?
Lisa, The definition of consciousness, which I have posted a few times in this conversation is..."the quality or state of being aware esp. of something within oneself" AND "the state or fact of being conscious of an external object, state, or fact". No, traditionally the word consciousness did not mean "awareness of something ‘other’". Perhaps that is your personal interpretation. However, the definition clearly gives the meaning as "within oneself" AND "external". You ask..."But the question is awareness of ‘what’." I suggest awareness with whatever an individual is focusing on in the moment. I have repeatedly stated that there are several elements, components, or PARTS to the process of consciousness.
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Colleen Steen
Posted 1 day ago
David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?
Lisa, The question is..."Can you be conscious and not be aware of something?" I answered the question...apparently not to your liking. I have been saying throughout this conversation Lisa, and quoting from the dictionary....consciousness IS awareness. I repeat..."As human beings, we are all conscious on some level, and everyone is not conscious/aware of the same things." It appears that you are agreeing with me, and also advising me as to what was meant by the question...as if I didn't understand the question!!!