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Consciousness is the faculty of perceiving that which exists. It the process by which data is received from the sense organs about the external world, and recognized as such (that is: grasping that what is sensed is not part of consciousness or the perceptual process).

Consciousness is one of the axioms of Objectivist metaphysics, and can only be validated through a process of introspection.

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Metaphysics Topics
Axioms: Existence, Consciousness, IdentityCorollary: Causality, Primacy of Existence
Reality: Primacy of Existence, Existents, the Metaphysically Given versus the Man Made

Epistemology Topics
Senses | Consciousness | Volition | Concepts: Unit, Concept-Formation
Objectivity | Knowledge: Context, Hierarchy | Reason: Certainty, Truth, the Arbitrary | Emotions