The primordial emotions takes the reader on a wide ranging tour of the animal kingdom to argue that consciousness for the primordial sensations pain hunger for air thirst and so on evolved before consciousness for the long distance sensing modalities vision audition olfaction. This book presents an accessible and groundbreaking new look at the evolution of consciousness it traces its origins back to early mans primordial emotions those elicited from basic needs such as hunger and thirst. Emotions the dawning of consciousness professor derek denton department of physiology university of melbourne 8 the physiology of the primordial emotion of thirst 117 elective summoning to consciousness of emotion 220 hearing 221 sight 221 smell 221 taste 224. In the primordial emotions derek denton a world renowned expert on animal instinct and a leader in integrative physiology investigates the evolution of consciousness central to the book is the idea that the primal emotions elements of instinctive behaviour were the first dawning of consciousness. Get this from a library the primordial emotions the dawning of consciousness derek a denton consciousness did not develop suddenly in humans it evolved gradually in the primordial emotions derek denton a world renowned expert on animal instinct and a leader in integrative physiology
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