I provided an extensive response to this but it hasn't shown up. Probably fell afoul of Sean's injunction against retaining too much of the other guy's text. I'll try again then:
--- In Wittrs@yaho..., Joseph Polanik <jPolanik@...> wrote:
> SWM wrote:
> >iro3isdx wrote:
. . . on this view, to be conscious is to be aware.
> some people may mean that some of the time; but, that usage conflates
> being aware of and being conscious of. . . . most of us have had the experience of being aware but not conscious and then becoming conscious. for example, you get so caught up in a movie that you 'forget yourself' --- you are aware (of the story) but not conscious (of yourself). then, during a less interesting portion of the movie, you become conscious of, say, how uncomfortable the seats are.
this is the same reason we are inclined to say that a dog is aware but
My point was that conscious and aware, consciousness and awareness are always substitutable. The same applies in what you've written above. I can be conscious of my butt on the seat or of what's going on in the movie I'm watching or I can be aware of each. In either case, both words will do and there's no clear reason to prefer one to the other. That we sometimes use one in one situation and another in the other looks to be a matter of choice at the moment rather than a stable use reflecting linguistic convention.