The capability of an object to observe itself.
In the case of human beings, this could be the root of consciousness.
However R. GLANVILLE states that "Every object is a self-observer" (1978, p.303), a quite enigmatic statement in the case of non-animated objects.
GLANVILLE adds: "Some objects observe other objects. Some objects are observed by other objects. However an object can be non-other-observing and non-other-observed" (Ibid.)
It would be interesting to find out if self-observation makes sense in a way or other for plants, animals (specially higher vertebrates) and societies.
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