The Nature of Consciousness

Piero Scaruffi

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These are excerpts and elaborations from my book "The Nature of Consciousness"

A Cultural Construct

The Canadian psychologist Lisa Feldman-Barrett argues that emotion is a learned concept, shaped by the society in which one’s psychology develops. She believes that the child initially experiences only fundamental sensations of pleasure and pain. As the mind grows, interaction with other minds creates emotions that are linked to the fundamental sensations. Emotions are constructed just like the rest of cognitive development; they are not innate. And just like much of our cognitive development, they are not universal but specific to each society and culture. There is no specific brain region for emotions. They are the result of the brain's normal simulation and prediction processes.

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