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Offline Su Onn

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difference between sensation and consciousness
« on: May 25, 2015, 08:20:05 pm »
''When the eye comes in contact with a
colour, for instance blue, visual consciousness arises which simply
is awareness of the presence of a colour''
quoting from ''What the Buddha Taught'' by Walpula Rahula

Walpula Rahula was explaning about the aggreggate of consciousness in the quote above, but i thought sensation also works in the same way as above? i cant see the difference between sensation and consciousness

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Re: difference between sensation and consciousness
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2015, 10:37:30 pm »
''When the eye comes in contact with a
colour, for instance blue, visual consciousness arises which simply
is awareness of the presence of a colour''
quoting from ''What the Buddha Taught'' by Walpula Rahula

Walpula Rahula was explaning about the aggreggate of consciousness in the quote above, but I thought sensation also works in the same way as above? I cant see the difference between sensation and consciousness

You are right , the way it is explained above is the way sensation works, but for humans and some other higher forms of animals we also respond to our senses with our pre-frontal cortex, we just don't sense colour we "know" about it. We are conscious of the existence "blue" and use that information to understand our environment and make decisions.

I'll try to explain:
Our consciousness is our awareness of our own existence, it separates us from lower forms of animals like a sea cucumber that acts mainly on instinct.

But our consciousness is somewhat dependent on our sensations, the awareness of our senses.

But we also need our cerebral cortex to organize the information from our senses and make a hypothesis about what that information means.

ex.. Less light, dampness in the air, a rumbling sound from the sky. All these are sensations then our cerebral cortex comes up with "It's going to rain"

a lower form of animal may have eyes or another way of sensing light and change its behaviour instinctually, like hiding from predators when it is light out.

but it doesn't "know" what is happening and decide to hide.it is not conscious.

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Re: difference between sensation and consciousness
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2015, 11:01:53 pm »
"But we also need our cerebral cortex to organize the information from our senses and make a hypothesis about what that information means."

But I thought that is perception?

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Re: difference between sensation and consciousness
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2015, 11:41:22 pm »
he's just using different words for what you understand, as in visual consciousness is the same as the perceiving through the visual sense, there's no difference or at least that's what I understand.

 


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