Re: Book preview: Theory of Nothing

From: Hal Finney <>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2005 16:57:32 -0700 (PDT)

I am a little confused about Russell's use of the term "self-aware".
I have only had a chance to read a few pages of his book but I don't
particularly see it defined in there.

As Russell uses the term, is our normal, day to day state of consciousness
"self-aware"? When I am reading, or watching TV, or eating, am I

I'm not sure how literally to interpret the phrase, whether seeing my
foot makes me self-aware (since my foot is part of my self) but seeing
my shoe does not? That's probably not right.

It would be helpful to see how Russell distinguishes (or identifies)
awareness, self-awareness, and consciousness for example.

Hal Finney
Received on Mon Aug 29 2005 - 20:49:32 PDT

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