state of the physical structure of the organism" (Damasio 1999). Consciousness. I agree that studying the mechanisms of the brain is much more interesting and fruitful than pondering the hard problem, but I still think that the problem exists. But a true theory of consciousness must be about why software and hardware is capable of having the “experience of experience”, as you put it so well, in the first place. Thank you for a very informative review. This  happens with greater resolution in the neocortex than in the sub-cortical areas, but it happens in many areas of the brain, all in the regions closest to where the sensory pathways come in. This level could not exist These brain areas work together to It seems we constantly and usually experience near-equilibrium states. On proprioception, I just did a search on the text. brain continuously creates images to represent the organism's experience Multiple brain areas are required for the Protoself to function. If this happens repeatedly, or perhaps once with strong emotions firing, synapses become strengthened. I don’t think Damasio is asserting that only systems with brains (or even only living systems) have homeostasis, only that the need to maintain it is shared by all living organisms, and that brains are one evolutionary solution for preserving it. Hormones are released, heart rate is altered, the brain goes into a state prepared for a certain type of cognition. The multisensory doughnut example above would be a fairly high level CDZ. lol. representative images, based on communications received from the organism's awareness. When the body is modified by these neural objects, the second layer of self emerges. But the hydranencephalics I mentioned are profoundly limited in their cognitive abilities, or even in their movement abilities. The core self is the momentary self. The relationship between usefulness and falsifiability, Follow SelfAwarePatterns on WordPress.com. the current status of the body's responses to environmental changes. The CDRegions interlink with each other, but the linking appears to converge heavily in a region Damasio calls the PMCs (posteromedial cortices), an unusual name referring to a region that, judging by his diagrams, appear to be in the middle portions of the parietal lobe, and the posterior cingulate cortex underneath. Learn how your comment data is processed. Emotions are a collection of unconscious neural responses to qualia. A quick warning: I didn’t find this to be easy reading. It develops a momentary sense of self, as the brain continuously builds I’ve recently started hearing the word “allostasis” as a substitute for “homeostasis”. Damasio did discuss qualia in the book, but it’s difficult to do justice to it in brief. I am skeptical, though. When images form, the patterns propagate from the image areas into the dispositional areas. Too often it seems to get relegated in favour of language (symbolism) and algorithmic computation as preconditions. whose function is linked to emotion. The neuro-anatomy of 100 billion neurons and 100 trillion synapses approaches the complexity of many galaxies – ineffable. One interesting area of evidence that Damasio uses for this part of the theory are children born with a birth defect: hydranencephaly, that is without a cerebrum, with only a brainstem and hypothalamus. Later, when only one of these signals come in, it may trigger a reverse signal flow, initiating a process called retroactivation, that causes a version of the patterns that initially formed the convergence to reappear in the image areas. Emotions provide the scaffolding for the construction of social cognition and are required for the self processes which undergird consciousness. It’s almost certainly more of a spectrum, with early sensory cortices perhaps being more image forming and other regions gradually becoming more dispositional the further they are from the sensory pathways. Both protoself and core consciousness, and, by the way, extended consciousness should all be sections in a new article that might be called Damasio's theory of consciousness. Developed in his (1999) book, The Feeling of What Happens, Antonio Damasio's three layered theory of consciousness is based on a hierarchy of stages, with each stage building upon the last. But, at least, we should try. Obviously, {intelligence and consciousness} are closely related but definitely different. Necessary condition: the ability to distinguish self from others. I think he sees it as deeply rooted in the will to live. I haven't read Damasio's book and don't really know enough of this theory to create this article. N2 - This paper contributes an analysis and formalisation of Damasio's theory on core consciousness. How do you separate the objective from the subjective? CDRegions are probably created from genetic information, as are many primordial CDZs, but most CDZs get created from experience, from learning. consciousness moves beyond the here and now, Damasio's third and final Earlier in evolutionary history, this immediately led to action, but in more intelligent animals it’s a two step process. If perception is to be effective in leading an organism to make effective decisions, then we can ask how should they feel? Necessary condition: there is a ‘counting’ device (counting strews, abacus or Turing computer). The brainstem is constantly receiving updates from the body, from the peripheral nervous system. I agree on the language / symbolism preoccupation. But it definitely isn’t Damasio’s inclination to discuss it in those terms. The brain is vitally concerned with and tightly bound to the body. But as it plays, the conductor comes into existence and then takes control of the symphony. For memory, Damasio’s view is that we never store actual images. Protoself does not represent a traditional sense of self; rather, it is Certainly it’s a major component, probably the largest, but reproduction is crucial and, in mammals and birds, so is care for kin. Put simply, consciousness is the feeling of CDZs are, of course, the physical manifestation of associations, and the mind works through associations. But CDZs aren’t just for generating images. Fantastic synopsis, for which many thanks. ( Log Out /  Antonio Damasio’s TED talk is excellent. My guess is that it ends up being more a jazz quartet than a symphony. No one could understand how the color white came into existence, how it became “clean” and pure. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Our intuitions about its purity are wrong, so worrying about whatever problems arise from that is not productive. It doesn’t make a difference then, if you think of physiology acting like the thermostat in your house, i.e. And at its root homeostasis gives us stromatolites, not consciousness. It uses these signals to construct an image map of the body. For the universal counting device, see http://www.prequark.org/Biolife.htm ). Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Excellent overview and thanks for the reminder – his ‘The Feeling of What Happens’ is still on my list – speaking of which, and with hindsight – I think I wish I’d read prior to ‘Self Comes …’, https://www.nytimes.com/books/99/10/24/reviews/991024.24calvint.html. awareness signified by a collection of neural patterns We assume other humans have an experience similar to ours because we all seem like similar systems, but the further we move beyond that (other primate species, mammals, vertebrates, machines, etc) the more doubt about how similar their experience is to ours. Brilliant! But that strikes me as being chauvinistic against alternate forms of consciousness. These ( Log Out /  One, definition of ‘intelligence’: How and from what is our experience of color produced, for example? I wasn’t sure of usage rights so I didn’t reproduce them here, but here are some diagrams showing the CDZ hierarchies in action. I believe the human brain is too complicated for the human mind to grasp. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. consciously aware of feelings associated with changes occurring to its Thanks for adding to my reading list…but with all due respect, there is no homeostasis in physiology, only balanced equilibrium. Is the ultimate nature of reality mental? A feeling arises when the organism becomes aware of the ‘Feeling’ emerges as a still unconscious state which simply senses the Antonio Damasio is a neuroscientist and neurologist who has published a number of theories about how the brain and mind work. This is known as core consciousness. So the smell of doughnuts may trigger memories of the sight and taste of doughnuts. A relationship is I’m increasingly starting to see Michael Graziano’s point that maybe, instead of focusing on the origin of qualia itself, we should be focusing on the origin of the feeling of qualia. Like keithnoback’s comment. If the system we think of as a zombie can produce equivalent behavior, then it must have some mechanism functionally equivalent to ours in production of that behavior; it must have some form of consciousness, albeit one that might be very alien. Sufficient condition: the ability to distinguish self from others. I'll also remove the tag. Thanks Keith. its bodily state (Protoself) is being affected by its experiences, or One possible flaw I see in this overall framework is that it’s more a theory of self than of consciousness in particular. own, and that they are formulated in its own perspective. Three important concepts in this theory are 'emotion', 'feeling' and 'feeling a feeling' (or core consciousness). That’s where the color white comes in. It’s worth watching some Demasio videos – on one he actually says he things homeostasis is not a helpful word coz it implies static which the system is anything but. I put the figure below to give you an intuitive overview of Damasio's argument. internal physical changes that affect the homeostasis of the organism. The brainstem is phylogenetically ancient, and many simple animals get along without much else. Of course, it may well be possible to use an alternate data processing model to produce the same behavior, which could imply a behavioral zombie. Necessary condition: there is a ‘counting’ device (counting strews, abacus or Turing computer). A fine, but crucial difference. present nonverbal narrative sequence of images in the mind of the Unlike many theories of mind, his are thoroughly grounded in neuroanatomy. Damasio, who is an internationally A predator or some other kind of threat? The photons hitting the photoreceptors on your retina form a pattern which trigger signals up the optic nerve to the brain. It’s an explanation for how perception, memory, imagination, and decisions get made in the brain. In reality, every complex image is itself a galaxy of CDZs. I find the core assertion of defending homeostasis as somewhat suspect though. No, I think you’re right that we can never know beyond any shadow of doubt that anyone else is conscious, that everyone beside ourselves aren’t philosophical zombies. It is constantly receiving updates of its body image map from every corner of the body proper, initiating various changes, and then receiving the results of those changes in a tight resonance loop with the body that never ends, until death. Yet, the draft is, hopefully, readable as a short essay that explains Damasio's theory of consciousness and self with addition of some elements of Luhmann's systems theory. ), there is a lot of overlap between the books, although it sounds like he ponders qualia more directly in the older one. My personal experience is that most won’t, which is why I gave my initial answer above. Antonio Damasio’s notion of “core consciousness” suffers from serious defects. In Damasio’s view, consciousness centers on the self. They can stabilize at other points, albeit often temporarily. The most basic representation of the organism And those troubled by it will likely never find explanations about simplistic internal models satisfying, which is what keeps leading me to the conclusion that we’ll never “solve” the hard problem, only explain it. So to solve the problem, we either need to establish that the concept of “having an inner life” is somehow an illusion, or that it is obvious that others have one too, which I think would be hard because every individual can only verify their own consciousness. Damasio makes no pretense of his theories being the final word, only that they add possible explanations of what is happening, and I think they definitely do that. changes affecting the Protoself due to the emotional state. Evolution had no such incentive to do that with brains. 1 Introduction In (Damasio, 1999) the neurologist Antonio Damasio puts forward his theory of consciousness. They’re missing a substantial part of the (healthy) human experience. Thanks Liam. But he says it is pretty much impossible to introduce better words to a wide audience so he reluctantly lives with a commonly used but ultimately limited one. Abstract. In Damasio (1999) the neurologist Antonio Damasio puts forward his theory of consciousness. Still, there’s a lot here that strikes me as very plausible. As Damasio puts it, "Protoself is a Why, A Medley of Potpourri is just what it says; various thoughts, opinions, ruminations, and contemplations on a variety of subjects. Three, many other animals have similar brain stem like human’s; that is, other animals also have consciousness although not as sharp as ours. in the organism. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Is very puzzling but grander philosophical structures have been built on flimsier foundations. I do think Damasio might focus too much on homeostasis as the origin of behavior. We are conscious of a portion of the processing that happens in the image areas, but never conscious of what happens in the dispositional areas. I’m not sure if I follow the metaphor of white light , because while the question ,”how is light purified of color” assumes certain characteristics of light that are now known to be false, i.e that color is an impurity, the hard problem only assumes two things that I think are pretty hard to deny. To begin with, Damasio describes two types of brain areas: image making areas, and dispositional areas. We already know a lot more than most people realize. It cannot account for phenomena such as dreaming or locked-in-syndrome, which a proper theory of consciousness should explain, because it requires that the organism’s self-representation be affected by the organism’s processing of an object. For Damasio, consciousness is the feeling associated with the relationship between a perceived object and the perceiving organism. The self comes into being in the brain in layers: the proto-self, the core self, and the autobiographical self. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. ( Log Out /  Incidentally, CDZs also trigger emotions, which Damasio sees as self contained autonomous actions. CDZs exist in hierarchies. One possible answer along these lines is Michael Graziano’s Attention Schema Theory, which I’ve addressed it other posts: https://selfawarepatterns.com/2014/10/16/the-attention-schema-theory-of-consciousness-deserves-your-attention/ This survival impulse is shared by all life, even the simplest single celled organisms. The second step for us is that we feel the emotion though the body image, which influences our inclinations, but leaves us with the power to alter the inclined actions, a capability the autobiographical self contributes toward and a possibly adaptive reason for its existence. One, human-like consciousness (HLC) is the product of brain-mapping. The brain simply translates the onslaught of all colors as white. They look quite similar when things are going well. interaction with internal or external stimulus. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. This paper contributes an analysis and formalization of Damasio's theory on core consciousness. An object in this It is a physical phenomenon rooted in physics and chemistry and is something that life bootstrapped upon. On the inner life being an illusion, I don’t know that we actually do need it to be. Likewise, biological systems don’t necessarily struggle to get back to a set point until they fail. When the symphony begins, it doesn’t have a conductor. . Central to Damasio’s theory of consciousness is the idea of biological value, that which helps in preserving homeostasis, which of course aids in survival. And his style is very verbose, often taking a long time to make a fairly basic point. This survival impulse is shared by all life, even the simplest single celled organisms. What do scientific theories actually tell us about the world? Consciousness and how it relates to the body and emotions is one of my favorite topics of inquiry. established, between the organism and the object it is observing as the But there’s still a long road ahead. autobiographical self to build from. Biology always seems to be an improvisation, although it’s improvisation honed by natural selection across millions of generations. changes that are affecting it. patterns develop into mental images, which then float into the More specifically, I think it will explain why we have the intuition, the feeling of the hard problem. Plus, Damasio is a scientist with a (rare) good reputation as a writer. This leads to a discrepancy between that simplistic model and objective data about the brain. In that sense, the hard problem of consciousness may become like the hard problem of light in the 17th century. remains consistent and stable throughout the lifetime of the organism These children have a kind of proto-sentience somewhat similar to normal newborns, although they are never able to move beyond that cognitive stage. The image is a result of mental patterns which are caused by an The problem with the theater of the mind metaphor, Why faster than light travel is inevitably also time travel, The mechanical philosophy and mysterianism. This level of consciousness is not exclusive to human beings and I suppose that the version of the hard problem that confounds me the most is: can we ever know if anyone/thing else isn’t a philosophical zombie? It seems . So, if we encounter another system that behaves in a similar enough fashion to us, it makes sense to conclude that the other system has at least an equivalent experience. Further from the sensory pathway areas are the dispositional portions. I don’t see it that way, but I can understand why many people do. The Protoself does not require language in order to function; moreover, it is a direct report of one's experience. The brainstem is heavily involved in generating the core self, but it isn’t the main show. coherent collection of neural patterns, which map moment-by-moment the I’m curious what the differences are between homeostasis and balanced equilibrium. 2) Consciousness is more than wakefulness or attentiveness. Antonio Damasio’s theories of consciousness and the self are complicated and can get bewildering on a first reading. In other words, visual images form. I really hope I don’t sound like some hyper-metaphysical nutcase. There’s also a danger here of viewing the images as passively created by the senses, when in reality, particularly for vision, an enormous amount of active modeling is taking place from the retina on back to the brain, with even our immediate perceptions heavily influenced by preexisting associations. The dispositional areas are, evolutionarily, far more ancient, but even the brainstem has low resolution image making portions. I also suspect that the division between image forming areas and dispositional areas in the brain isn’t nearly as clean as Damasio implies. Namely, the hypothalamus, which controls the general homeostasis of the organism, the brain stem, whose nuclei map body signals, and the insular cortex We only need some of our intuitions about it to be wrong. conventional memory. ... 2 CORE CONSCIOUSNESS AND CORE SELF Life systems that have been evolved beyond the level of … The higher portions construct an image of the musculoskeletal body. When (Image generation could itself be considered a type of action.) Further down, they give a medical definition: “the maintenance of relatively stable internal physiological conditions (as body temperature or the pH of blood) in higher animals under fluctuating environmental conditions; also : the process of maintaining a stable psychological state in the individual under varying psychological pressures or stable social conditions in a group under varying social, environmental, or political factors”, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeostasis. You (whoever reads this) has an inner life The most basic representation of the organism is referred to as the Protoself, next is Core Consciousness, and finally, Extended Consciousness. But I still get hung up on Chalmers’ idea of the “philosophical zombie”, a thing that behaves like it’s conscious but has no “inner life”. internal bodily state; it is able to recognize that its thoughts are its Interestingly, the Webster definition seems to cover both conceptions: “a relatively stable state of equilibrium or a tendency toward such a state between the different but interdependent elements or groups of elements of an organism, population, or group”. Therefore, an injury to a person's. A lot of computationists think that brain processing happens in a language of its own, sometimes called “mentalese.” But I personally see it as very unlikely. And I am deeply skeptical about panpsychism. I think all non-duallists agree that it will involve classical physics and chemistry, but I’m not sure we need to go lower to account for mental processing (although who knows what future evidence may reveal). Homeostasis is not something created by living organisms. All of this is related to the self, effectively the first person in first person experience. But it is hard to explain pathophysiology in terms of the thermostat model. These complex reactions to stimuli cause observable external changes If we hear a sound, a similar audio image will be formed in the audio processing centers, and so on for all the other senses. Please go on to read if you're interested. experiences or project itself into the future. We’ll never banish that feeling. He uses the analogy of a symphony. I think there are two answers to your question at different levels. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Here is the missing parts. Is the object food? I actually think there are good reasons to be optimistic that we’ll eventually understand the brain. What would you say is happening when a stage magician diverts our attention without us being aware of it? Core consciousness is concerned only with the present moment, here and Damasio often discusses neuroanatomy in detail and assumes the reader can follow along. Two, definition of ‘consciousness’: Emotion acts as a neural object, from which a physical reaction can be When the organism becomes aware of the feeling that No, I don’t believe it will. Explaining qualia is difficult. changes it is experiencing as a result of external or internal stimuli. context can be anything from a person, to a melody, to a neural image. Ya know? Post was not sent - check your email addresses! It does not require language or memory, nor can it reflect on past It might be best thought of as a CDRegion at the center of a galaxy of CDRegions. That said, I’d imagine you can find ‘The Feeling…’ online somewhere; Amazon shows used hardcovers from 1 cent up. So, I agree that HLC is implemented via the brain stem while the intelligence is produced in the frontal lobe (see http://www.prequark.org/inte001.htm ). So, their implementations can be different via different machines. On top of the proto-self is the core self. Or perhaps more accurately, he is addressing the feeling of first person experience. The image of a doughnut may come in at the same time as the smell of doughnuts and then the taste. Three important concepts in this theory are ‘emotion’, ‘feeling’ and ‘feeling a feeling’ (or core consciousness). Does that come up in the book, Mike? Our internal self model of our mind is simplistic, mainly because there was no evolutionary need for it to be more accurate. The delusion of being conscious, is the actuality of being conscious. now. Unlike many theories of mind, his are thoroughly grounded in neuroanatomy. 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