Thursday, 10 March 2016

Consciousness


As my readers know, I'm very fond of etymology as a field of intellectual illumination. Courtesy of Rupert Sheldrake, a refreshingly open minded and innovative scientist working today, I came across this fascinating etymology:

Con-sciousness derives from the Latin words con (meaning 'together', 'with') and scire ('to know') meaning to know together, scire also of course being at the root of the word sci-ence. 

The implication, and this is reflected in much of Rupert Sheldrake's scientific research, is that consciousness is shared knowledge.