X-Message-Number: 11906
From: Thomas Donaldson <>
Subject: to Mike Perry: please give operational definition
Date: Sun, 6 Jun 1999 23:50:52 +1000 (EST)

Hi again!

This is to Mike Perry: Can you give me a more operational definition of
what relative consciousness may mean? That wasn't clear from your answer
(admittedly brief).

As you know, one major development coming out of brain research is the
discovery that there are several different kinds of memory, and one kind
can be destroyed (or enhanced) without affecting the others. And one
thing that happens in multiple personality disorders is that the different
personalities often simply don't remember one another's experiences ---
all in the same head! Do these matters bear on relative consciousness?

Please give me an operational definition: how do I identify relative
consciousness? Is there another kind, absolute consciousness, or are
they all relative? And of course, relative to what?

			Best wishes and long long life,

				Thomas Donaldson

PS: If you can't that's OK --- maybe more examples might serve. Not all
good concepts start out with a clear definition, though hopefully they
end up with one.

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