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Conjecture: To study «consciousness» naturally, it is necessary to study endeavour, because consciousness probably exists to enable endeavours. Active consciousness is generally referred to as «awareness» or «mindfulness». It assumes a fully alert state.

Reflective Awareness

Inquiry into the personal and social side of endeavours demands self-awareness. It is not possible to master your own functioning if you are not mindful. You cannot become aware of how another is functioning without experiencing some resonance with their inner state.

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Making the psychosocial element explicit and conscious poses the question:

It seems that, mostly, we are slaves—to our biology, to our habits, to our ideologies. Focus on the human element helps us design and pursue our endeavours more effectively and in a humane way. However, it demands we reject slavery and choose liberty—which means valuing and pursuing awareness, including reflecting on our values, thoughts and actions.

Collaboration is Ethical

Inquiry must be conducted precisely when a person is fully committed and cognizant that they and others will judge their functioning.

Such inquiry is potentially intrusive and will not occur unless the person responsible believes the inquirer is able to help them handle their challenges.

In these situations, the client and consultant become pre-occupied with what ought to be done. So both inquiry and intervention are inherently and unavoidably ethical.

Unit of Study

A «person» is a purposeful social being: the simplest and quintessential human system. From a first person or consciousness perspective, this is «the self». We are each capable of conscious awareness in relation to our endeavours. However, our social world is populated by other more complex unique beings (Syn. individuals, bodies, units, systems). These are explicitly created and organised to engage in endeavours. So they lie within our inquiry remit.

Bodies with an independence and capacity to function purposefully still remain dependent on people within them. Without persons, with their capacity to be creative, political, adaptable, hard-working &c, there would be no families, associations, communities, or governments.

Once brought into existence, social bodies take on a life of their own and become part of the social environment. Due to their complexity and power, both good and bad activities may be enormously magnified. Still, whatever is done remains the responsibility of someone.

Human aggregates and statistical entities which are not true «beings» include:Closed crowds, networks, the «hive» mind, socio-economic classes, everyone whose surname starts with R, academic conceptual groups like «all extroverts», i.e. any accumulation of people devoid of a unifying purpose and capacity for awareness and reflection. These also require study, but from a slightly different perspective.

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Special Topics

Details of inquiry methods are not provided on this website. However, the following Topics cover issues that are not always well-understood.

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Originally posted: August 2009; Last updated 22-May-2014.

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