A Universal Theory Of Mind:
Emotion & Consciousness

This second volume of A Universal Theory Of Mind continues to be grounded in the permanent ecological relation between a creature and its habitat. Perception cannot be a passive process – the extraction of information from the data provided by the senses--but must be active, because animals constantly orientate themselves in order to perceive what they want. Also, because the world is a mixture of chaos and order, intelligence can only grow by a creature searching chaotically for that order.

Emotion is variously considered an intractable puzzle, an epi-phenomenon, or an encumbrance left over from our evolutionary past: here emotion is understood as a vital component of the mind. Raw emotion directs survival in a chaotic world; emotion tempered by intellect realises an extensive and cohesive engagement with the world.

Consciousness is widely regarded as a puzzle more potent than mind itself, although the "mystery" of the mind was dispelled in volume one (Active-Perception). Here consciousness is explained as a sophistication of the basic mind: a canalisation and concentration of thought and action.

These new conceptions of emotion and consciousness are explained in functional detail. They reinforce the idea presented in the first volume, that the mind is less integrated and less hierarchical than we have supposed. It “contains” no sovereign self, no models or representations of the world. Our higher intellectual faculties are contiguous with the simpler ones. This is not to belittle the human race--but still it is predicted that a robot will be created one day that manifests both emotion and consciousness.

AUTOM volume 2 emotion and consciousness front cover (big)

In Preparation

AUTOM Emotion & Consciousess is in preparation, with an estimated publication date of June 2013. Some preliminary meterial (e.g. a contents page) will be released when available.