‘I’ = AWARENESS by Arthur J. Deikman
Deikman from within the new (newish) field of published a paper in the Journal of Consciousness Studies strikingly entitled ‘I’ = Awareness.
This stopped me in my tracks since it is what nonduality and mystical teachings have been teaching for thousands of years – has at least some small bit of Academe caught up?
Introspection reveals that the core of subjectivity — the `I’ — is identical to awareness. This `I’ should be differentiated from the various aspects of the physical person and its mental contents which form the `self’. Most discussions of consciousness confuse the `I’ and the `self’. In fact, our experience is fundamentally dualistic — not the dualism of mind and matter — but that of the `I’ and that which is observed. The identity of awareness and the `I’ means that we know awareness by being it, thus solving the problem of the infinite regress of observers. It follows that whatever our ontology of awareness may be, it must also be the same for `I’.
Published in Journal of Consciousness Studies, 3, No. 4 (1996), pp. 350-6
Arthur J. Deikman was a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Human Givens.