A. Individual cognition is the neurological expression of an individual organism's adaptation to predictable processes in the environment. It is the inference of perception and autonomic motor control acting with intrinsic memory for orientation in the physical environmental present. Individual cognition is unconscious although it is experienced by individual consciousness proprioceptively.
B. Individual consciousness is the cognitive expression of an individual's adaptation to uncertainty. It is the cognition of reactions to unexpected events in the physical environment; attention, inferential experimentation and learning within working memory. Individual consciousness is active when emotion determines that a change in cognitive attention is required in order to maintain physiological homeostasis.
C. Social cognition is the individual cognitive expression of adaptation to predictable social processes. It is a function of inference of social perception acting with intrinsic memory for orientation in the social environmental present. Social cognition is unconscious although it is experienced by social consciousness proprioceptively.
D. Social consciousness is the individual cognitive expression of the collective adaptation of a species to entropy. It is the cognition of socially modified adaptive behavior that requires communication or cooperation between individuals at any level. Social consciousness is the dynamic inference of social perception with working memory based on a social virtual reality. It is driven by the emotional homeodynamic response to immediate or potential social disruption of homeostasis or a hormonally induced imbalance naturally selected to produce instinctual procreative, parental and subsistence co-behavior. Social consciousness is active when emotion determines that a change in cognitive attention is required in order to maintain social homeostasis.
E. Extended consciousness is the individual cognitive expression of the collective human adaptation to entropy. Extended consciousness is continually active in the waking state and is a function of dynamic inference of social perception for predictive experimentation based on a time based socially constructed virtual reality. The use of the embodied syntax of language instantiates knowledge into technology and creates a shared consciousness of culture. It is grounded by emotional homeodynamic response to potential social disruption of homeostasis or selected hormonal imbalance.
Consciousness is initiated upon waking by synchronizing external sensory inferential process with the core self process in an internal virtual reality of memory. That synthesis is subjectively experienced as a self acting within a virtual reality oriented to place and time with the serial ability to imagine past and future scenarios or to attend and act on sensory input.
That facilitates the potential to internally simulate actions before initiating them in the environment. Immediate feedback from actions in the environment effectively enables real time learning and adaptation.
So learning occurs at two levels; in conscious working memory from ongoing predictive inference with the environment and in unconscious intrinsic memory from internal inference of prediction errors in sleep. Transforming knowledge learned from predictive inference into unconscious memory allows organisms to react to predicted and unpredicted processes simultaneously along with the serial ability to imagine future scenarios or act on them.
Evolution of human extended consciousness