thank you for the clarification! I am happy to understand your point of view better.
I am not sure what your concept of awareness is, but for me, a new born is aware from the first moment, but lacks conceptual frames and so its experience is of wholeness instead of awareness “of something”. It is this awareness “of something” that is fixated with the conditioning of the mind into the socio-cultural system the baby is born into. This process also belongs together, in my view, with self-awareness moving from wholeness to separation, as the self identifies with that particular “something” of the body plus the intersectional labels and forgets its wholeness.
It will be interesting to discuss our many different views on these issues when everyone has read the book, so we can refer to the ideas and arguments presented by the authors. I am looking forward to it! Thank you again!