在Core Consciousness的基礎上，有Extended Consciousness，就是因為有Extended Consciousness，我才能寫這文章，你才能讀。
Proto-self: The proto-self is an interconnected and temporarily conherent collection of neural patterns which represent the state of organism, moment by moment, at multiple levels of the brain. We are NOT conscious of the proto-self.
Core Self: The core self inheres in the second-order nonverbal account that occurs whenever an object modifies the proto-self. The core self can be triggered by any object. The mechanism of produciton of core self undergoes minimal changes across a lifetime. We are conscious of the core self.
Autobiographical self: The autbiographical self is based on autobiographical memory which is constituted by implicit memories of multiple instances of individual experience of the past and of the anticipated future. The invariant aspects of an individual's biography from the basis for autobiographical memory. Autobiographical memory grows continuously with life experience but can be partly remodeled to reflect new experiences. Sets of memories which describe identity and person can be reactivated as a neural pattern and made explicit as images whenever needed. Each reactivated memory operates as a "something-to-b-know" and generates its own pulse of core consciousness. The result is the autobiographical self of which we are conscious.
Core Self and Emotion are based on proto-self.
Ok, now let's go to some amazing, totally counter-intuitive theory.
Emotional states are defined by myraid changes in the body's chemical profile; by changes in the state of viscera, and by changes in the degre of contraction of varied striated muscles of the face, throat, truk, and limbs. But they are also defined by changes in the collection of neural structures which cause those changes to occur in the first place and which also cause other significant changes in the state of several neural circuits within the brain itself.
The process from Emotion to Feeling to Feeling of feelings go like this:
1. Engagement of the organism by an inducer of emotion, for instance, a particular object processed visually, resulting in visual representations of the object. The object may be made conscious or not, and maybe recognized or not, because neither consciousness of the object nor recognition of the object are necessary for the continuation of the cycle.
2. Singls consequent to the processing of the image of the object activate neural sites that are preset to respond to the particular class of inucer to whic the object belongs (emotion-induction sites)
3. The emotion-induction sites trigger a number of responses toward the body and toward other brain sites, and unleash the full range of body and brain responses that constitues emotion.
4. First-order neural maps in both subcortical and corticl regions represent changes in body state, regarless of whether they were achieved via "body loop", "as if body loop", or combined mechanisms. Feeling emerge.
5. The pattern of neural activity at the emotion-induction sites is mapped in second-order neural structures. The proto-self is altered because of these events. The changes in proto-self are also mapped in second-order neural structures. An accont of the "emotion object: (the activity at the emotion-induction sites) and the proto-self, is thus organized in second-order structures.
Finally, the author proposed that, consciousness is in fact, a feeling.........Continua