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Consciousness is the quality or state of being aware.[1] To be conscious in the philosophical sense means to have mental processes that are self-directed [2] and which provide a locus of subjective experience.[3] Animals are alleged to possess a form of consciousness [4] although this is not necessarily to be equated with the Christian notion of having moral worth or an immortal soul.[5]

Origin of consciousness

See also: Origin of human consciousness and Atheism and irrationality

The atheist worldview cannot explain the existence of consciousness and the theistic worldview can offer a reasonable explanation.[6][7]

Consciousness in Buddhism

Consciousness or Vijnana in Sanskrit is the fifth of the Five aggregates in Buddhist philosophy of mind.


  6. The Argument from Consciousness for the Existence of God
  7. Consciousness: One of Atheism's Irresolvable Problems