Self and Consciousness
Consciousness is robust (real enough) to deserve explanation
Consciousness as sea in which we swim
Consciousness is bound up with our physical being – specifically the brain
Consciousness matters (makes a difference)
Is consciousness real? Is it worth studying?
Start out as intuitions that we have experiences of consciousness
How/ why does it matter to sociologists?
Is it part of the self?
Does it encompass the self?
Make intersubjectivity possible?
Distinguish us as unique from other life?
Rooted in language?
How influenced by social environment?
Implications for social organization and structure…
May be diff depending on the conclusions we …show more content…
What about the unconscious?
Not the state, but the “place” in mind
Stuff we aren’t aware of, but still is part of us and may influence our behavior, perception, etc. but we don’t really know what it is
Freud—upper left (interior)
Jung—upper left and lower left (perhaps stimulated by lower right) as if it was shared research (this is why he studied dreams (teeth falling out dreams linked to survival hominoids needed their teeth to survive)
Freud preconscious (able to be brought to consciousness) versus unconscious (pushed down-repressed)
Not thinking consciously bout times table but if you asked me to I could do it
Driven by insecurities but not aware of them till other ppl bring up or in hind sight
Why have an unconscious? (much of our behavior is unintentional, but that makes us seem like we’re not as smart or in control)- doesn’t mean you cant change, you might have to try a lil harder tho
Unconscious developed to respond effectively (time and energy) to naturally occurring stimuli (rather than subliminal)
In natural selection and Freudian theories refers to unintentional nature of behavior and lack of awareness of the influence of stimuli and processes or consequences of that stimuli
Why answers from evolutionary biology
Humans as open ended systems
We can absorb automatically “an already