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Unformatted text preview: with what it was before." If that is the case, then how in the world do we study it? 2) . .. A Personal Experience- you can try to tell me about your consciousness but I can never appreciate it or experience it. 3) . .. Continuous- our awareness is not broken into pieces, and there are no gaps. We really can't tell where one thought ends and one begins. "Consciousness then does not appear to itself chopped up in bits. ..It is nothing jointed; it flows. A river or stream is most naturally described. In talking of it hereafter, let us call it the stream of thought, of consciousness. .." 4) . .. Selective- awareness is often a matter of making choices, of selecting what to attend to and what to ignore. In general, when we speak of "consciousness" we refer to either being awake or being asleep. There are, however, altered states of consciousness: sleep, drugs, hypnosis, meditation, sensory deprivation, sensory confusion....
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