So when we’re awake and conscious, a single shock initiates a series of responses. Because they are well-connected, the different parts of the cerebral cortex are able to communicate and the integration results in this being conscious.
But when we’re asleep and unconscious, the communication channels temporarily shut down. So the same shock produces only a short likewise response.
— The Secret You
— BBC Horizon Documentary
From Latin conscius, itself from con– (a form of com– (“together”) + scire (“to know”).
— Wiktionary on conscious
Consciousness and self-awareness is due to the communications between different parts of the brain.
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