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I certainly don't want the statement to be false, and I'm in no way arguing against it. I'm much more comfortable with Rand's position than the idealist lunacy alternatives. However, I'm not clear on why it would be impossible for a consciousness to be aware only of itself. And I don't want to just acdept her position out of desire to be comfortable. I want to accept it because it is unavoidably true. Could people please clarify?
On another thread StrictlyLogical wrote something that made me think. I don't know what percentage of the population has lucid dreams, or if it's a skill that can be learned. Apparently some eastern religions try to teach it. But I don't think I've ever had a lucid dream. I've had some really vivid, memorable ones. But I'm fairly certain that I've never been aware that I was dreaming until I actually woke up. I've always been fully immersed in the dream world, believing it to be reality. I don't seem to possess the ability to introspectively identify a dream until after it's over and I'm fully conscious again. Which causes me to wonder whether lucid dreamers, who know that they are dreaming while they're dreaming, are actually superintrospectors, whose consciousness has evolved to achieve an even greater awareness of the mind.