Tuesday, February 23, 2010

On Consciousness: "suneidos"..., "conscientia"…

By: Maria Odete Madeira

There is no neurobiological evidence for such a thing as a substantialized and localized consciousness, in the human organisms, the evidence is that there are permanent states of consciousness, produced by the neurobiological cerebral work, the causality of which is to produce images from electrochemical neural patterns connected to modifications that occur in the organism, when it interacts with the external environment. This neurobiological work involves the whole organism, in terms of the relation, strategically situational and processual, always precarious and variable, that the organism maintains with itself and with the environment.

The terms reflection, reflexivity and reflexibility allow one to understand the neurobiological process involved in the acts of consciousness.

All systems have their reflexivity and reflexibility mechanisms, and some of these evidentiate adaptive behaviors more successful than our own. One can, with plausibility and reasonableness, state that the cosmos, as a system, it too, has its own mechanism or mechanisms of reflexivity and reflexibility, necessary to its integrity.

Consciousness, as a concept, synthesizes the primitive radicular sense, genetically incorporated in the Latin notion of “conscientia”, from the Greek term “suneidos” which means “concomitant knowledge”, that is: a multiplicity of knowings can be lived and experienced internally, in a single act of knowledge, in each present moment, and, in this way: “to be aware of” (“ser ou estar consciente de”) always involves intentional and relational cognitive dynamics that are rotatively and projectively situational and processual.

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