Consciousness as a social phenomenon: years ago, psychologists denied that there was anything to explain in consciousness and that it was not behaviour. Can we understand consciousness: people have taken 3 philosophical positions about the nature of consciousness, consciousness is not a natural phenomenon (laws involving matter and purely physical forces) Sometimes supernatural and miraculous, not to be: consciousness is a natural phenomenon, but also that, for understood by the human mind various reasons, we cannot understand it. Exists because of the nature of the human brain, but just how this occurs is unknown. Some say we can never understand consciousness because our brains are not capable of doing so. Advocated by donald hebb, who stated that. Consciousness, a variable state, is a present activity of thought processes in some form and thought itself is an activity of the brain .