Dennis Roberts wrote,
>What is the significance of the loss of
>1/1000000 of an individual's " consciousness"?
To understand the indivisibility of consciousness, consider that when water freezes to make ice crystals, a millionth of a degree short of the temperature necessary for crystallization results in no crystallization. The phase transition from water to ice occurs only when the temperature goes all the way to freezing. Another phase transition occurs when water changes to steam. At sea level (with exact barometric pressure) this means the temperature of the water must reach all the way to 100 Celsius. If it misses by a millionth of a degree, the water does not boil.
Similarly, the phase transition from attentiveness to full consciousness occurs when 100% of cerebration crystallizes as pure awareness. Just as we use magnetic material to detect magnetism, so we need conscious intent to detect consciousness. Unconscious entities cannot know of our existence. "It takes one to know one."