Question by telecasterisation: When does consciousness develop in human beings?
I have always struggled with the concept of consciousness – the planet was originally swirling gas, then molten rock which then cooled.
What I cannot grasp is where was consciousness at that point – do we assume it did not exist and it sprang from nowhere = ‘Poof, I’m alive’?
My core question is;
Does consciousness exist in both sperm and egg that then fuse to create a combined consciousness, does it suddenly start in the womb from nothing, or does the mother pass it on?
Answer by Martismo
This is a question that is loaded with difficulty. Human consciousness does not just snap on, nor is it present in a fertilised egg cell. Instead consciousness of environment develops slowly from about 3 months after conception. When it is fully developed is also a difficult topic, some people may say at an age of around 1 yr old when a child becomes properly aware of their sevlves as an individual.
Hope this helps
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