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Your body is a map of your emotions

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Your body is a map of your emotions
Everything we sense in our external and internal worlds has a distinct subjective quality. A blasting outburst of rage feels different than a lover's tender kiss on the cheek. Even routine acts such as reading a book or trying to recall a childhood friend's name feel remarkably different.

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Brain, Body And Consciousness

Brain, Body And Consciousness

Consciousness emerges from brain function, and we often experience consciousness to be located in the brain, but bodily feedback clearly contributes to a wide variety of subjective feelings. Brain and body jointly generate our inner mental world from various inputs.

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Pain And Evolution Of Consciousness

Pain And Evolution Of Consciousness

Emotion-related inputs from the body to the brain could have generated the first traces of consciousness in our early ancestors. Being able to feel pain gives a survival advantage to animals, as they could have withdrawn from dangers and rested to promote recovery when injured or ill.

The development of awareness of body-related harms might have ultimately paved the road for the emergence of more advanced forms of conscious thought and processes, such as language, thinking, and reasoning. 

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Emotional Expression And The Evolution Of Consciousness

Emotional Expression And The Evolution Of Consciousness

Our bodies signal our internal states to us, but it also often externalizes them too. And being able to track others’ inner states and goals might be one of the more advantageous capabilities.

Humans and many animals are adept at reading each other’s intentions, feelings, and goals from their behavior such as facial and bodily expressions. This promotes social cohesion by exchanging emotions and other mental states and presents evolutionary advantages a purely private consciousness wouldn’t have.

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