Is there a purpose to human consciousness – Can it always be said that a conscious thought is driven by a purpose? My required reading for this class comments, “Consciousness is always conscious of…” Suggesting to me that every human thought is driven by a purpose. The debate in this reading is between naturalism as an explanation of human conciseness or a transcendent force apart from nature. I am always inclined to look at natural processes to explain human nature. The reading for this segment presents this argument among a few opposing the materialist view: “For centuries, human beings were ignorant of the most basic functions of the human body - the circulatory system, the network of nerves, the functions of the brain. This ignorance would seem impossible if the mind and body were a unity.” (Stewart, p. 288) I interpret this statement to mean that if conscious thought were a product of natural processes then conscious thought ought to be connected with the whole body allowing a person to be fully aware of all aspects of the natural body. I am curious to know what opinion others hold about the state of human consciousness – are mind and body a unity?