ANDREW NIKIFORUK ~ CHARLES ELTON ~ THREE QUESTIONS ~ PANDEMONIUM ~ 2006

~ HWTCATAAPTLHN? ~ How Will This Change Affect The Animals And Plants That Live Here Now?

~ WBASMBL? ~ What Beauty And Security May Be Lost?

~ HWTCA-‘TAIOC’ ~ How Will This Change Affect – “The Accumulating Instability Of Communities?”

ANTONIO DAMASIO ~ SELF COMES TO MIND ~ 2010

~ TIIA-S-B-IIAP-NAT-A-TPIPAATWWAPTBC ~ There Is Indeed A – Self – But – It Is A Process – Not A Thing – And – The Process Is Present At All Time Whens We Are Presumed To Be Conscious

~ T-M-M-T-S-A-O:ADCO-INP-COTROTLB-TFEIADCO-IMP ~ The – Material – Me – The – Self-As-Object: A Dynamic Collection Of – Integrated Neural Processes – Centered On The Representation Of The Living Body – That Finds Expression In A Dynamic Collection Of – Integrated Mental Processes

~ S-A-K/’I’ ~ Self-As-Knower / “I”

~ CINMA-IITM-II-ITVL-AAOOMCCOTOTPAMTC ~ Consciousness Is Not Merely About – Images In The Mind – It Is – In The Very Least – About An Organization Of Mind Contents Centered On The Organism That Produces And Motivates Those Contents

~ T-SAW-ITSETRTP-IEOU-O-EWCM ~ The – Self As Witness – Is The Something Extra That Reveals The Presence – In Each Of Us – Of – Events We Call Mental

~ IINSTTMATHANN ~ It Is Not Surprising That The Mind Appears To Have A Nonphysical Nature

~ OMMOOTAOSCKA-N-TASTCAT;TAE(AIPTSWMC)-TTAFPKAT-A-A-TTEROTAKAT-S-NCSSTOC-ON-MC ~ Organisms Make Minds Out Of The Activity Of Special Cells Known As – Neurons – They Are Sensitive To Changes Around Them; They Are Excitable (An Interesting Property They Share With Muscle Cells) – Thanks To A Fibrous Prolongation Known As The – Axon – And – To The End Region Of The Axon Known As The – Synapse – Neurons Can Send Signals To Other Cells – Other Neurons – Muscle Cells

~ TB-IAFO-TCM ~ The Body – Is A Foundation Of – The Conscious Mind

~ TFAMEPOT-P-I-PF-WOSACWOIA-TPADEOOOLB-W-U-A-CTNBSE-TPFRTCSOTB-AVD-FE-ATSTRFPTP-A-TOATLOT-BS-RTT-CC-A-FOE-A-C-V-O-PF ~ The First And Most Elementary Product Of The – Protoself – Is – Primordial Feelings – Which Occur Spontaneously And Continuously Whenever One Is Awake – They Provide A Direct Experience Of One’s Own Living Body – Wordless – Unadorned – And – Connected To Nothing But Sheer Existence – These Primordial Feelings Reflect The Current State Of The Body – Along Varied Dimensions – For Example – Along The Scale That Ranges From Pleasure To Pain – And – They Originate At The Level Of The – Brain Stem – Rather Than The – Cerebral Cortex – All – Feelings Of Emotion – Are – Complex – Variations – On – Primordial Feelings

~ CM-BW-SCTM-WBAA-SP-TTMM-MAFBQRL ~ Conscious Minds – Begin When – Self Comes To Mind – When Brains Add A – Self Process – To The Mind Mix – Modestly At First But Quite Robustly Later

~ T-S-IBIDSGOT-P-TFSITGO-PF-TEFOETSSFTP-NIT-CS-TCSIAA-S-AARBTOATO-TCSUIASOITDAOETPAMTP-IIPF-F-TIT-AS-TSIDITOBKPTTPAWATAF ~ The – Self – Is Built In Distinct Steps Grounded On The – Protoself – The First Step Is The Generation Of – Primordial Feelings – The Elementary Feelings Of Existence That Spring Spontaneously From The Protoself – Next Is The – Core Self – The Core Self Is About Action – Specifically – About A Relationship Between The Organism And The Object – The Core Self Unfolds In A Sequence Of Images That Describe An Object Engaging The Protoself And Modifying That Protoself – Including Its Primordial Feelings – Finally – There Is The – Autobiographical Self – This Self Is Defined In Terms Of Biographical Knowledge Pertaining To The Past As Well As The Anticipate Future

~ NSM ECITB-NS-D/R/F/T-MAN ~ No Single Mechanism Explains Consciousness In The Brain – No Single – Device / Region / Feature / Trick – Many Are Needed

~ BV-NGAC-STS-ETHIO-VM-VC-B-BVHTSOAP ~ Biological Value – Naturally Guides And Colors – So To Speak – Everything That Happens Inside Our – Very Minded – Very Conscious – Brains – Biological Value Has The Status Of A Principle

~ IB-T-CM-EWTHO-LR-H ~ In Brief – The – Conscious Mind – Emerges Within The History Of – Life Regulation – Homeostasis

~ OMG-CD-LTCITG ~ Over Multiple Generations – Cultural Developments – Lead To Changes In The Genome

~ CCIBBO-BV-AACTME-VM ~ Consciousness Came Into Being Because Of – Biological Value – As A Contributor To More Effective – Value Management

~ TNT-HUCMTA-UMP-IHN-NP-TARTML-CEWTCP ~ The Notion That – Hidden Underneath Conscious Minds There Are – Unconscious Mind Processes – Is Hardly News – Nonconscious Processes – That Are Relevant To Maintaining Life – Can Exist Without Their Conscious Partners

~ NLM-CTBFAAIO-CM ~ Nonconscious Life Management – Constitutes The Blueprint For Attitudes And Intentions Of – Conscious Minds

~ N-AU-TEFD-TNATP-ES-COCTSOOC-NDNIES-B-NUTSTIOC-N-ON-EC -AMF-CTSOOC-TVSOTATCARB ~ Neurons – Are Unique – The Essential Functional Difference – The Neuron’s Ability To Produce – Electrochemical Signals – Capable Of Changing The State Of Other Cells – Neurons Did Not Invent Electrical Signals – But – Neurons Use Their Signals To Influence Other Cells – Namely – Other Neurons – Endocrine Cells – And – Muscle Fiber – Changing The State Of Other Cells – The Very Source Of The Activity That Constitutes And Regulates Behavior

~ TDB-ROTB ~ The Deep Body-Relatedness Of The Brain

~ L-RTTBMACOPRAACFLDOCIIDI-TMRIKA-H-A-TPOATBSIC-H-HBU-W-C-M-O-B ~ Life – Requires That The Body Maintain A Collection Of Parameter Ranges At All Costs For Literally Dozens Of Components In Its Dynamic Interior – The Magic Range Is Known As – Homeostatic – And – The Process Of Achieving This Balanced State Is Called – Homeostasis – Homeostasis Began Unknowingly – Without – Consciousness – Mind – Or – Brain

~ THR:OR-ETITCM-A-PF;DR-A-N-S-POEPF ~ The Homeostatic Range: Optimal Ranges – Express Themselves In The Conscious Mind – As – Pleasurable Feelings; Dangerous Ranges – As – Not-So-Pleasant Or Even Painful Feelings

~ C-HIAAATBTCNSTTPOLAS ~ Consciousness – Has Improved Adaptability And Allowed The Beneficiaries To Create Novel Solutions To The Problems Of Life And Survival

~ CEHTRTLOLRBMOACOCI-EE-RB-SC-ER-L-A-S-T ~ Consciousness Enabled Humans To Repeat The Leitmotif Of Life Regulation By Means Of A Collection Of Cultural Instruments – Economic Exchange – Religious Beliefs – Social Conventions – Ethical Rules – Laws – Arts – Science – Technology

~ TDFOBSATOWO-ITUATCM ~ The Distinctive Feature Of Brains Such As The One We Own – Is Their Uncanny Ability To Create Maps

~ T-LB-IT-CL-LR-IT-NATM-BM-IT-E-TE-TTP-LR-I-MR-A-EI-CMR ~ The – Living Body – Is The – Central Locus – Life Regulation – Is The – Need And The Motivation – Brain Mapping – Is The – Enabler – The Engine – That Transforms Plain – Life Regulation – Into – Minded Regulation – And – Eventually Into – Consciously Minded Regulation

~ OMAP-ITFSOTT-B-OPHAB-PFMIAM-AOTTO-WPBE-RTBPR ~ Our Memories Are Prejudiced – In The Full Sense Of The Term – By – Our Past History And Beliefs – Perfectly Faithful Memory Is A Myth – Applicable Only To Trivial Objects – We Perceive By Engagement – Rather Than By Passive Receptivity

~ TSIIAMF ~ The Self Is Indeed A Movable Feast

~ WDCP-OPA-G/O/O-IOTB-A-OTOW-ITOTON-ITLO-ELM-A-CIT-COS ~ Why Did Consciousness Prevail – One Possible Answer – Generating / Orienting / Organizing – Images Of The Body – And – Of The Outside World – In Terms Of The Organism’s Needs – Increased The Likelihood Of – Efficient Life Management – And – Consequently Improved The – Chances Of Survival

~ ECATPOKATOEAAISTSA-OC-KDNJOTCADOEI-B-OTSIIR-KC-TSOE-WA-UIO ~ Eventually Consciousness Added The Possibility Of Knowing About The Organism’s Existence And About Its Struggles To Stay Alive – Of Course – Knowing Depended Not Just On The Creation And Display Of Explicit Images – But – On Their Storage In Implicit Records – Knowing Connected – The Struggles Of Existence – With A – Unified Identifiable Organism

~ TAS ~ The Autobiographical Self

~ TAF-RAFITHOL-DOHMTCTTSOL-C-C-S-A-C-IHF-ISTBHTS ~ Traits And Functions – Rise And Fall In The History Of Life – Depending On How Much They Contribute To The Success Of Living – Consciousness – Came – Saw – And – Conquered – It Has Flourished – It Seems To Be Here To Stay

~ TPO-CD-ASLBALAO-NB-SBS-SCA-WTWAIC-B-OAN ~ The Products Of – Conscious Deliberation – Are Significantly Limited By A Large Array Of – Nonconscious Biases – Some Biologically Set – Some Culturally Acquired – We Think We Are In Control – But – Often Are Not

~ BACATI ~ Biology And Culture Are Thoroughly Interactive