My wonder question: Do we have self-consciousness/free will?
- My question is meaningful to me because the idea of whether or not we have the ability to choose our own destiny and whether or not our actions matter is something that I have wondered for a long time. I believe that gaining an understanding of of the idea of self-consciousness can help me lead a better life.
- My question is meaningful for others for pretty much the same reasons it is meaningful to me. With a better understanding of the ideas of self-consciousness and free will people can lead better lives and develop a better understanding of the world around them.
- Is self-consciousness developed through community? (Sociological view of consciousness)
- If animals can unconsciously process information what is the need for conscious thought? (Scientific view of consciousness)
- Does our sense of morality come from conscious thought? (Sociological view of consciousness)
- Is morality set by us or is it set by a higher power? (Religious view of consciousness)
- If hypothetically free-will doesn’t exist then can we blame someone for breaking the law? (Sociological/Scientific view of consciousness)
Hall, H. (2018, March-April). The Riddle of Consciousness. Skeptical Inquirer, 42(2), 57+. Retrieved from http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A530817586/SCIC?u=43riss&sid=SCIC&xid=a45aa9d1
- Some people see self-consciousness as the ability to have conscious thoughts about oneself. Many people argue that just because you have thoughts about yourself isn’t sufficient, you must be able to prove that you are thinking about you. This source helped me get a basic understanding of what conscious is and that helped me make sense of my later research. This source is where most of the ideas for my intro will come from.
Smith, Joel, “Self-Consciousness”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2017 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2017/entries/self-consciousness/>.
- This source gave me the scientific view of self-consciousness and helped me answer my bigger question by gaining a practical, purely logical view of self-consciousness and how the brains of humans and animals work and the differences in between them. This source will help me answer my second question and my fifth question being “If animals can unconsciously process information what is the need for conscious thought?” and “If hypothetically free-will doesn’t exist then can we blame someone for breaking the law?”
Shapiro, B. (2018, May 6th). Sunday Special #1 Jordan Peterson. Daily Wire, Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT0mbNvaT6Y
- This source talks about the sociological and religious ideas of consciousness using morality and our development into communities. This source will help me answer my first, third, fourth and fifth sub-questions being “Is self-consciousness developed through community?”, “Does our sense of morality come from conscious thought?”, “Is morality set by us or is it set by a higher power?”, “If hypothetically free-will doesn’t exist then can we blame someone for breaking the law?”
The next step
The next step to my inquiry is answering my sub-questions. My research is pretty much done but I haven’t been able to develop my thoughts enough to fully answer them. I think that I might incorporate some sort of voting into my presentation to help others really understand my topic.
- I had to research “what is consciousness” as a start and then started to build my questions as my understanding developed. I then looked into “What is consciousness in a religious sense?, What is consciousness in a Scientific sense? and What is consciousness in a Sociological sense?”
- I used the normal digital devices but I also learned about creative commons and Pexels.
- My process was to ask the questions stated above and I then broke down the findings to a point I could easily explain and understand.
- I cited my sources with either Easybib or the built-in citation tool in the Gale reference library
- The biggest challenge for me was taking the information and understanding it, then breaking it down to a point that someone who didn’t research it could understand. I think I did a very good job and can’t really improve other then by researching further.