American Biologist Gerald Edelman first used the phrase "primary consciousness". It describes the human skill to integrate observations with memories. This enabled them to relate the present with the near past and formed their first conscious constructs.

PRIMARY CONSCIOUSNESS: "The term "I've seen this before" is an example of primary consciousness."
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