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Consciousness at its simplest is "sentience or awareness of internal or external existence". Despite centuries of analyses, definitions, explanations and debates by philosophers and scientists, consciousness remains puzzling and controversial, being "at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives". Perhaps the only widely agreed notion about the topic is the intuition that it exists. Opinions differ about what exactly needs to be studied and explained as consciousness. Sometimes it is synonymous with 'the mind', other times just an aspect of mind. In the past it was one's "inner life", the world of introspection, of private thought, imagination and volition. Today, with modern research into the brain it often includes any kind of experience, cognition, feeling or perception. It may be 'awareness', or 'awareness of awareness', or self-awareness. There might be different levels or "orders" of consciousness, or different kinds of consciousness, or just one kind with different features. Other questions include whether only humans are conscious or all animals or even the whole universe. The disparate range of research, notions and speculations raises doubts whether the right questions are being asked.

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Organizations relating to Consciousness

Gaia Trust, Denmark / Holte, Denmark / Est. 1987
Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness / Los Angeles CA, USA / Est. 1968
European Centre for Disaster Awareness with the Use of Internet, Cyprus / Nicosia, Cyprus
International Health Awareness Network / New York NY, USA / Est. 1986
World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality / Haverford PA, USA
Gaian Democracy Network / London, UK / Est. 2002
Gaia Foundation / London, UK / Est. 1984
Asocio por Eúropa Konscio / Maribor, Slovenia
Omega / Bristol, UK / Est. 1980
Swadhyaya Movement / Mumbai, India / Est. 1958
Groupe international du rêve-éveillé en psychanalyse / Paris, France / Est. 1968
Earth Foundation International / Santiago, Chile / Est. 1990
International Federation of Associations of Social, Ecological and Culture Aid / Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep / Est. 2003
International Drug Awareness Research Foundation / Pointe-Claire QC, Canada / Est. 1997
Maharishi University of Management / Fairfield IA, USA / Est. 1971
International New Thought Alliance / Mesa AZ, USA / Est. 1914
Committee for Asian Women / Bangkok, Thailand / Est. 1981
Blue Ribbon for the Awareness of ME / Great Yarmouth, UK / Est. 1995
International Caesarean Awareness Network / Redondo Beach CA, USA / Est. 1982
Lasallian Developing World Projects / Oxford, UK / Est. 1985
Institute of Noetic Sciences / Petaluma CA, USA / Est. 1973
International Institute of Integral Human Sciences / Montréal QC, Canada / Est. 1975
School of Pacific and Asian Studies / Honolulu HI, USA / Est. 1980
Foundation for Gaia / London, UK / Est. 1983
Internationale School voor Caycédiaanse Sofrologie / Lokeren, Belgium

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