| 08-03-2009 14:27The Feeling of What Happens
body and emotion in the making of consciousness
Antonio Damasio (1999)
Antonia Damasio describes how the accrual of autobiographic and emotionally loaded memories that star ourselves as actor can explain the emergence of consciousness. This of course requires agency and a body in the world. Severing certain neural pathways or damaging certain brain regions that hamper emotional input from the body or hamper the retrieval or storage of such emotional memories, changes the consciousness of people. The views of the neurologist Damasio are very compatible with the theories of Dennett and Hofstadter.