Fraggle Rocker: Ok, good, just checking. I by no means was claiming credit for coming up with that incredibly original insight. Just wanted to make sure we were both on the same page. As for consciousness being internal... you'd be surprised how counter-intuitive and challenged that is. For a very long time (the majority of theories of consciousness still center around it) it was believed that consciousness only served as an "executive summary" of our sensory input, and was dependent on the external world.