The cortex functions as a competition for potential.
Consciousness provides a buffer for the purpose of recursive continuous recursive predictions.
Ergo, it does not issue commands but RELEASES them as they emerge during competition.
An example of Via-negativa in everything.
This is why we maintain the spectrum from reacting to certain phenomena without conscious analysis to acting recursively (incrementally) in time in pursuit of goals.
We only get the choice to recurse if the temporality of the threat is ‘later’.
Thank you for the opportunity to illustrate the criteria for a conscious agency. 😉