Is metacognition a conscious process?

Ambiguity of “conscious”:

a) Conscious of the content of the attitude?

b) Conscious of the activity?

c) Conscious of the evaluation?

d) Conscious of controlling the action?

e) Conscious of the self?

Some experimental work suggests that it may be an implicit process. Kelley & (Jacoby 1996; Reder & Schunn 1996;

Paynter, Reder & Kiefaber 2009)

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Ambiguity of “conscious”:

a) Conscious of the content of the attitude?

b) Conscious of the activity?

c) Conscious of the evaluation?

d) Conscious of controlling the action?

e) Conscious of the self?

Some experimental work suggests that it may be an implicit process.

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    Metacognition may be a very conscious glowing process if you consciously, actively vigilantly, and perhaps also more or less astutely, are working with cognition about cognition, if you are engaged in contemplating or in studying the cognition, or some cognition, of some process or processes of cognition.

    There may be no ambiguity in being conscious, but of course you may say that you, or others, are "more or less conscious", that you, perhaps, are not all too able to immediately describe a way in which you are being conscious.

    You may be more or less conscious of the content of an attitude, of the particular attitude that you have and are thinking of that we do not know about unless you tell us.

    You might say the same about the activity, of an activity being done/enacted by you while you are awake. The evaluation may be glowingly conscious, but also sort of unconscious, or based on shady attitudes where the true motives are slurred by blunt or crass ignorance or obscured because of simple deficiency of intellectual light.

    You may do the action without thinking, without being aware that you are doing it, therefore the action may be unconscious, something with a life of its own, and wondrous or weirdy or simply shallow, that you did not control, that you are not controlling, that you may not be able to control, that you may not be able to justify, if only perhaps reluctantly having to confess that you did it without knowing that you were doing it, or admitting that it was stronger than you, that it is stronger than your own will, that it is stronger than your own sinful weakness, that it thus is your own blunt weakness.

    You may be conscious as well as unconscious of the self, or of the more transcendental soul. If you are awake, vigilant, you are conscious (of your own self), otherwise you are ... a robot that is not knowing why it is doing something, that only its master or masters may say why it is doing what it is doing.

    The fact that a process,

    that perhaps is going on or just on the way to unfold within the vaults of some particular chest/heart or mind, of your own chest/heart/mind (probably within your own mind with projection-s to other bodily parts of you),

    is implicit

    may mean that the particular process for you is consciously implicit, or unconsciously implicit; it may even be a meta-process, the process of a process, implicit in some way and perhaps also explicit in some ways, and the awareness of it may be more or less conscious or more or less unconscious.

    Feel free to have an irresistible conscious and great merrier laugh!

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