Ministry of Love on Consciousness

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[Winston] “‘I think I exist,” he said wearily. “I am consciousness of my own identity. I was born and I shall die. I have arms and legs. I occupy a particular point in space. No other solid object can occupy the same point simultaneously. In that sense, does Big Brother exist?‘”

{…}

“O’Brian silenced him by a movement of the hand.

[O’Brian]  “We control matter because we control mind. Reality is inside the skull. You will learn by degrees, Winston. There is nothing that we could not do, invisibility, levitation — anything. I could float off this floor like a soap bubble if I wished to. I do not wish to, because the Party does not wish it. You must get rid of those nineteenth-century ideas about the laws of nature. We make the laws of nature.‘”

~Orwell, 1984