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A basis etymology of the term "consciousness", from the Latin root -scire, meaning " to know" or be privy to.

In terms, consciousness (TR:318) (LH:1) (TL:319), from con-, meaning: "with", + -scire, meaning: "to know", + -ness, meaning: "state, condition, quality, degree", refers to []


The following are quotes:

“When a certain number of material particles consisting of phosphorus, carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, and perhaps some other elements, are, in consequence of the operations of their mutual forces, in certain positions with respect to each other, and in certain states of motion, ‘consciousness’ is the result, but whenever this relative state is brought to an end, there is also an end of consciousness and the sense of individual existence, while however the particles of phosphorus, carbon, etc., remain as truly as ever.”
Balfour Stewart (1875), The Unseen Universe (co-author: Peter Tait) (pgs. 48-49; note: quote is paraphrase of view of John Tyndall [1784])[1]
“Both the existence and the content of consciousness are completely determined by the electrochemical state of the material of the brain.”
Dean Wooldridge (1968), Mechanical Man: the Physical Basis of Intelligence (pg. 135) [2]
“The part of the brain which is the seat of consciousness may be a thermodynamic system no larger than a grain of sand.”
Richard Weiss (1976), Relativistic Thermodynamics, Volume Two (pg. 142) [3]

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See also


  1. Stewart, Balfour and Tait, Peter G. (1875). The Unseen Universe: Physical Speculations on a Future State (phosphorus, pgs. 46-50). Macmillan.
  2. Wooldridge, Dean. (1968). Mechanical Man: the Physical Basis of Intelligent Life (pg. 135) . McGraw-Hill.
  3. Weiss, Richard A. (1976). Relativistic Thermodynamics, Volume 2 (pg. 142). Exposition Press.

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