unconscious
The idea that the brain is constantly processing information of which we remain unaware is widely attested in the brain and behavioural sciences (see blindsight ). It is also widely agreed that people may have beliefs and desires that they cannot represent to themselves without processes of assistance. The methodological problem that such processes face is to distinguish between uncovering genuine unconscious beliefs and desires, and gratuitously reading them into a subject's behaviour. More detailed theories of the form such assistance should take, and of the lurid content unconscious beliefs and desires are often supposed to possess, are controversial. See Freud, psychoanalysis.

Philosophy dictionary. . 2011.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • unconscious — [unkän′shəs] adj. 1. a) not endowed with consciousness; mindless b) temporarily deprived of consciousness [unconscious from a blow on the head] 2. not aware (of) [unconscious of his mistake] 3. not known, realized, or intended; not done, said,… …   English World dictionary

  • Unconscious — Un*con scious, a. 1. Not conscious; having no consciousness or power of mental perception; without cerebral appreciation; hence, not knowing or regarding; ignorant; as, an unconscious man. Cowper. [1913 Webster] 2. Not known or apprehended by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Unconscious-ly — Unconscious Un*con scious, a. 1. Not conscious; having no consciousness or power of mental perception; without cerebral appreciation; hence, not knowing or regarding; ignorant; as, an unconscious man. Cowper. [1913 Webster] 2. Not known or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Unconscious — can mean: * not conscious * unconsciousness: the loss of consciousness or lack of consciousness, not to be confused with altered states of consciousness. * Unconscious mind, the mind operating well below the perception of the conscious mind as… …   Wikipedia

  • unconscious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not awake and aware of and responding to one s environment. 2) done or existing without one realizing. 3) (unconscious of) unaware of. ► NOUN (the unconscious) ▪ the part of the mind which is inaccessible to the conscious mind but… …   English terms dictionary

  • unconscious — (adj.) 1712, unaware, not marked by conscious thought, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + CONSCIOUS (Cf. conscious). Meaning temporarily insensible, knocked out is recorded from 1860. In psychology, the noun the unconscious (1884) is a loan translation… …   Etymology dictionary

  • unconscious — [adj1] not awake; out cold benumbed, blacked out*, bombed*, cold*, comatose, dead to the world*, drowsy, entranced, feeling no pain*, flattened*, inanimate, in a trance, inert, insensate, insensible, knocked*, lethargic, numb, on the canvas*, out …   New thesaurus

  • unconscious — index blind (not discerning), incognizant, insensible, involuntary, oblivious, torpid, unaware, unintentional …   Law dictionary

  • unconscious — unconsciously, adv. unconsciousness, n. /un kon sheuhs/, adj. 1. not conscious; without awareness, sensation, or cognition. 2. temporarily devoid of consciousness. 3. not perceived at the level of awareness; occurring below the level of conscious …   Universalium

  • unconscious — un|con|scious1 [ ʌn kanʃəs ] adjective * 1. ) in a condition similar to sleep in which you do not see, feel, or think, usually because you are injured: She was unconscious but still breathing when the ambulance arrived. knock/beat someone… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • unconscious — un|con|scious1 [ʌnˈkɔnʃəs US ˈka:n ] adj 1.) unable to see, move, feel etc in the normal way because you are not conscious ▪ She was found alive but unconscious. knock/beat sb unconscious ▪ Levin was knocked unconscious by the impact. 2.) a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”