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Since the conclusion that consciousness is definable by its self-presence requires only a little logic applied to a few universally accessible facts, it should not have been at all difficult to draw. The evidence that consciousness is self-present is provided by consciousness directly to itself. Nevertheless, our intellectual tradition has required approximately twenty-five centuries of hard thinking to discover it.

Leslie Dewart, Evolution and Consciousness: The Role of Speech in the Origin and Development of Human Nature (University of Toronto Press, 1989) p. 82.