Consciousness

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1. This is the register in the apparatus which registers, coordinates, and structures phenomena. The consciousness operates through three basic pathways: sensations, images and memories. This apparatus which registers, coordinates, and structures things has a constitution that gives it a certain identity, a ‑certain unity as time passes despite its constant mobility and the ceaseless mobility of the activities it registers. This apparatus apparently does not exist from birth; it forms gradually as one develops the ability to structure and categorize the sensations of the body. The consciousness (as an apparatus which registers sensations, images and memories) is in the body and is linked to the sensations of the body. At times this apparatus becomes identified with the "I" (See); this identification occurs more strongly as the sensations of the body accumulate and are codified within the field of memory. From this point of view one is not born with an "l," rather the "I" develops and is articulated through accumulated experiences. The "I" does not exist without the operation of the three pathways of sensation, imagination, and the memory. When the "I" perceives itself, it must also use these three pathways of sensation, imagination, and memory, and this information may be real or illusory.

2. The system of coordination and registers effected by the human psychism; we refer here to a single apparatus which serves diverse functions. When it coordinates, we call it the Coordinator; when it registers, we call it the System of Registers. We do not consider any phenomenon "conscious" which is not registered, or in which the operations of coordination do not participate.