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Date Posted: 14:43
Author: Eponymous-26 Jan 2002
Subject: Re: How About This?
In reply to: ketch-25 Jan 2002 's message, "Re: How About This?" on 14:42

Well, what I would need is a concession that conscious awareness is totally suppressed.

There’s a risk of diverging semantics, here, so let me be clear. Even assuming that, as you say, an anesthetized patient is “influenced” by suggestion, would you nonetheless concede that that patient is nonetheless at the same time utterly unaware? Consider the case of blindsight - the ability to respond appropriately to visual stimuli while lacking the feeling of having seen them. I would say that certainly the blindsighted person is somehow influenced by the visual input and yet at the same time totally “unaware” of having seen anything.

That in mind, do you think there has ever been a case (mine, perhaps) where anesthesia totally suppressed conscious awareness?

And let me add a second question: If so, was the suppression of consciousness caused by some physical mechanism?

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