Originally Posted by Pollyanna
What's this self-awareness? Is it so great?
Seems to me that self awareness is just one subset of conscious thought ... I'd like to think it's a very small subset because the best feelings in life are when we are so absorbed that we lose ourselves and are utterly unselfconscious.
As Chris said, consciousness isn't on/off like a light but a continuum.
Perhaps I've been unclear as to the distinction between self-awareness and consciousness. I'm not arguing that animals aren't conscious. They certainly are. But they aren't aware of their consciousness. It's just there.
Self awareness may only be a small part in the psychological workings of beings, but the differences it makes are tremendous. The output of humans has far surpassed the output of dogs, all on account of self awareness.
I still don't see how there can be varying degrees of self awareness or consciousness. Would a proponent of this theory care to explain?