Consciousness Explained

The mind is known in consciousness and unknown in unconsciousness. 

Consciousness brings knowledge of the mind to the mind. 

Acting on this knowledge the mind can act on its mind. 

As such the mind can draw out from greater and greater depths of the mind in the unconscious — renewing its knowledge infinitely from the unknown.

Acting on its mind in consciousness allows its for a greater mind to be gained. 

Which is more purpose and meaning to itself.

Such is the thought found in The Agprognostic Temple.

A thought that is also towards the art that it exhibits.

This is the mystery of the world.


We know we are conscious because we are conscious.

Consciousness includes itself.

We know that being conscious enables us to have the sense of self.  We know this because knowledge of self is realised in consciousness.

We (our minds) are awakened by this sense of self –  The feeling of something is not just left as a sensory reaction, it is subjected through consciousness — it has quality . 

The mind is conscious in knowledge, but unconscious in the unknown. 

Or the unknown to it is unconscious. 

So the mind is both in the knowing and the unknowing of itself — as conscious and unconscious.

How did our minds ever get to consciousness? 

We have arrived undoubtably from a source of being, an evolutionary process. That has developed consciousness as we know it within ourselves. 

To think otherwise would be to say that consciousness just suddenly happened and has no origin in original being.
Which is contradictory in evolutionary terms .

This source of original being must be conceptual as something prior to any manifestations — also to consciousness itself.

A conceptual presence  that is no less real than the material presence that we observe.

The twofold condition of a conceptual presence that is the source of all things can be laid out as  ‘Potentiality’ and the ‘Unknown’.

For If what is known is in consciousness then what is unknown must be unconsciousness.

As it seems clear that prior to anything being known, there must be a structure of being that allows something to be known — supporting the potential of knowing.

A potential nonetheless that remains unknown, but that can still make something known as a result of that potential becoming something known in consciousness.

As such, it is not much to say that the known comes from the unknown and any thing or any action comes from the potential of that thing or action.

If  we consider that in the unknown is the potential of the known — this gives two stems of being.
Which is the Ability-to-Know the unknown and what can be known (Potential-Information) of the unknown.

Taking these stems perpendicular  to each other, we get an X and Y axis running off the point of the unknown.

The axis extends infinitely — but increases in finite proportion in respects to each evolutionary step.

The point of origin stipulated as the unknown, contains the ability-to-know and potential information in regard to their conceptual presence.
But in their actual presence they are connected by a line, which is drawn from the marcation of their limit. ( the limit is the cognitive description of the entity)

This line is consciousness.

For the connection of the ability-to-know to what can be known  brings an awareness to available knowledge, that is at the edge and within the field of consciousness.

This can be further explained by Pythagorus’ Theorem of A2 + B=C2

Where Ais the ability-to-know, B2 is (potential) information or what can be known, and C2 is consciousness. The square of consciousness is  where the mind has knowledge and becomes aware of information.

The mind is unconscious in the unknown and the mind knows something in consciousness 

Using this diagram as a tool. We can analyse another possibility of understanding consciousness.
As something that is a result of the ability-to-know connecting to (potential) information

Therefore the Known comes from the unknown of the mind — and passes through the subconscious to consciousness. 

Take for example the human in relation to the moon. 

The human brain has the ability-to-know a certain amount of potential-information about the moon —  which makes the mind conscious of the moon.
When brain is damaged to an extent that reduces its ability-to-know.  It cannot connect to the same potential information about the moon, which reduces its consciousness in regard to it, for example the lost of sight.
As the brain develops its cognitive potential through a feed back of awareness, experience and the testing of its thoughts, all of which equals an increase in the ability-to-know.  Connecting it to greater and greater potential-information about the moon — increasing its consciousness towards it. 


This Pythagorean formulation of Consciousness,  I believe is not just particular to humans but extends throughout all entities in the universe.

Saying this I  point to the possibility of ‘panconsciousness’  which therefore includes any molecular entity. 

However, there is also an apparent line between the inanimate and the animate in the display of basic behaviours — which make most think that consciousness can only exist in the animate, because it can only be observed in the animate.
Which then it requires consciousness to emerge from the point of animation — which is the general consensus in science,  but which is inconsistent with everything else in evolutionary terms.

In evolutionary terms nothing suddenly appears. Everything moves in transition and evolves into greater and more effective beings. 

Flight is an extension of motion and motion did not just appear for its own reasons with flight.

So too with consciousness, there must be a transition that crosses the line from the inanimate to the animate.

Applying the Pythagorean formula to consciousness means that the square of consciousness is proportional to the square increase of the ability-to-know and the potential information related to that ability.

This indicates a scale factor concerning consciousness, which can easily be put in direct correspondence to the evolutionary scale that goes from the inanimate to the animate.

What one could say is that when the square of consciousness crosses the line into the animate,  consciousness becomes effective. 

Before that line of the animate – the square of consciousness in the inanimate is ineffective.

Effective consciousness means that the field of conscious interaction is large or powerful enough to enable a transition into degrees of self determination. 

Self governing movement occurs.

As such the consciousness of an atom is ineffective, meaning there is no self determining possibilities for it. Which is why it can only abide to universal law. 

The Cell for example begins to demonstrate a primary self-determining interaction with its environment, which indicates that it has crossed over to effective-consciousness. 

Evolution is the movement from ineffective-consciousness to effective-consciousness. 

The Human is an extension of this evolution, displaying the most effective-consciousness and also the most self-determining interaction with its environment.

But it must be noted here that consciousness isn’t only general in respects to the species but also directed or specific in respects to the individual.

This means for the human that there is a general degree of  effectiveness-consciousness that is shared, but not necessarily a shared and specific individual effective-consciousness. 

Every aspect therefore that relates to the mind in knowledge and the unknown including the self, relates also to a specific degree of effective-consciousness.

If we want to increase the consciousness of ourselves, we need to increase the ability-to-know ourselves. Which will in turn be able to connect to more potential information about ourselves, giving an immediate square of consciousness that reflects this increase. 

This enables one to have more self determined action of one’s self in relation to the environment of one’s self. 

We must increase in self-knowledge by increasing the ability-to-know ourselves in order to increase our consciousness of the self.

Dome Wood, 2020