Glossary

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I. Glossary of terms

Conscious awareness. Conscious awareness is mental awareness of a quale, with the awareness of the quale’s occurrence and of what the quale’s phenomenal characteristics are like occurring. (Chapter 3)

Conscious experience. A conscious experience is a mental experience that occurs with conscious awareness. (Chapter 3)

Consciousness. Consciousness is the composite of all conscious awareness and conscious experiences. (Chapter 6)

Consciousness mental process. Consciousness mental process is the mental process that functions to be consciously aware of and consciously experience mental process functions. (Chapter 6)

External world. The external world is the world that includes everything except the mind and the place where it resides (the neural processes of the brain). (Chapter 1)

Information. Information is an abstract entity that describes something. (section D8, Introduction & Definitions)

Manifestation characteristics. Manifestation characteristics are characteristics, of a manifestation, that one can experience in one’s mind, such as color, shape, dimension, pitch, timbre, odor’s quality, happiness, and thought. (Chapter 3)

Mental phenomenon. A mental phenomenon is a phenomenon that occurs in the mind. (section D3, Introduction & Definitions)

Mental process. A mental process is the mind’s part that functions to sense, operate, or send signals to control its own body functions and/or to respond to its environment. (section D2, Introduction & Definitions)

Mind. The mind is a non-material entity that exists in an animal with a nervous system and that functions to sense, operate, and send signals to control its own body functions and/or to respond to its environment. (section D1, Introduction & Definitions)

Neural circuit. A neural circuit is a functional group of neurons that are connected together in some specific pattern to process signals in its circuit. (section D4, Introduction & Definitions)

Neural process. A neural process is the signal-processing process of a neural circuit. (section D5, Introduction & Definitions)

Outside world. The outside world is the world that includes everything except the mind and the place where it resides (the neural processes of the brain). (Chapter 1)

Phenomenal characteristics. Phenomenal characteristics are manifestation characteristics that are unique and not describable by anything other than themselves. (Chapter 3)

Quale. A quale is a non-material mental phenomenon that has consciously experienceable phenomenal characteristics. (Chapter 3)

Reentrant Signaling state. A reentrant signaling state is a signaling state that has its signals sent back to itself. (Chapter 5)

Signaling pattern. A signaling pattern is the pattern of signaling that a neural circuit sends to another neural circuit to convey its signals. (section D6, Introduction & Definitions).

Signaling state. A signaling state is the pattern of signaling of a whole neural circuit, with signals circulating in its circuit in a certain pattern at any certain moment. (section D7, Introduction & Definitions)

Special reentrant signaling state. A special reentrant signaling state is a reentrant signaling state that is conscious awareness and a conscious experience. (Chapter 6)

Special signaling pattern. A special signaling pattern is the neural process’s signaling pattern that can induce conscious awareness and a conscious experience of itself in the consciousness neural process. (Chapter 5)

“that signals”. “that signals” means “that is the information of”. (section D7, Introduction & Definitions)

Variable qualia. Variable qualia are qualia that have different phenomenal characteristics even if they are qualia of the same thing. (Chapter 9)

II. Glossary of abbreviations

ARAS = the ascending reticular activating system (Chapter 6)

CRVQ = completely randomly variable qualia (Chapter 9)

E/EC = electrical/electrochemical (Chapter 2 & Chapter 5)

EPP = electrical/electrochemical-signal-processing process (Chapter 2)

EPSP = excitatory post-synaptic potential (Introduction & Definitions)

IPP = information-processing process (Chapter 2)

IPSP = inhibitory post-synaptic potential (Introduction & Definitions)

MCS = minimally conscious state (Chapter 6)

PRVQ = partially randomly variable qualia (Chapter 9

RVQ = randomly variable qualia (Chapter 9)

SP = signaling pattern (Introduction & Definitions)

SS = signaling state (Introduction & Definitions)

SSP = special signaling pattern (Chapter 5 & Chapter 6)

VS = vegetative state (Chapter 6)

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