What raises us above other known sentient beings
is our ability to be conscious of our own consciousness.
has its roots in the mind, which in turn is seated in the brain. The
human brain, has a highly developed frontal cortex. Human consciousness
is a cerebral ability with inputs from the approximately 50,000 million
cells that constitute an adult body. There is a growing understanding
of the intelligence in individual cells in living matter.
The first concept associated with consciousness is "awareness". We are conscious when we are aware. We may be aware, for instance, without really being conscious of being aware. Awareness is, therefore, only a part of consciousness. Other known aspects of consciousness are free will, reasoning, visual imagery, recalling and making choices.
human body is incredibly complex and each of its cells is in constant
communication not only with cells that perform similar functions but
also with every other cell in the body. Our consciousness probably results
from assimilating all this data and arriving at choices or solutions.
Our present state of consciousness may be likened to the tip of the
iceberg of potential human awareness, of itself and of the universe.