Biological foundation; Homeostatic process is the distributed organizing principal of every living system. A homeostatic system is the biological thermostat that seeks to maintain the equilibrium of hundreds of interacting parameters such as body temperature, blood sugar, blood pressure etc. The collective expression of all of our homeostatic systems, all of those floating set points reacting and adjusting to each other, constitutes emotion.
The evolutionary purpose of emotion in this model is to focus our consciousness on those variables in our environment that are vital to our survival. The waves and troughs of homeostatic imbalance trigger the formation of long chain neurological processes that associate body states, sensory stimuli and the memories of previous homeostatic imbalances to initiate engagement in the environment and to form new memories that connect need with action and reward. Emotion helps us separate and memorize adaptive knowledge from the ocean of everyday experience. Emotion could be seen as a meta-level assessment of our ecological status as an individual.
Homeostatic process is the source of biologic value in the successive emergent processes of consciousness and is expressed as emotion physiologically, as instinct sub-consciously, and as feeling consciously.
Primary consciousness - emotion directed autonomic response to homeostatically derived demand.
1. extended consciousness - Selective advantage of tool-making process generally bi-
lateralized cerebral hemispheres for connotative and denotative functions and created an
adaptive syntax (subject/right hand, object/left hand, verb/action). "Off loop" oscillation
between hemispheres/functions results in recursive short term memory and the
perception of time and self.
Zoltan Torey The Crucible of Consciouness
2. Language - Syntax of tool-making bootstraps vocalizations into shared recursive
tools/symbols for communiction and cooperation.
3. Narrative - Syntax of language bootstraps short term memory into stories for creation of
long term memory, identity and as mediator of individual epistemic uncertainty.
4. Culture - Shared memories inform group narratives as the clan mediator of shared