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Locke says, "nor is it at all material to say that this same and this distinct consciousness, in the cases above mentioned, is owing to the same and distinct material substances or no" Locke was talking about consciousness defining who we are. I would think consciousness is immaterial, but from the quote above it seems like he is referring to it as being material. Can someone please clarify what he is trying to say?

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  1. "nor is it at all material to say that this same and this distinct consciousness, in the cases above mentioned, is owing to the same and distinct material substances or no"

    I'm not great at understanding philosophers ideas, but the first part of that seems to be indicating that consciousness is not "at all material."

    It makes me think about the genes we get from each of our parents. Genes are material, right? Yet each new person (each consciousness) is different, thinks differently, etc. Is it something material that is making these immaterial elements in us?

    You may find more ideas in one of these search results:
    http://www.google.com/search?q=locke+john&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

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