In the first few chapters of the books The Feeling of What Happens and Self Comes to Mind, Antonio Damasio takes on the mystery of consciousness by grounding his answers to the biological foundation of the mind. Of particular interest is the idea of the body’s need to ensure homeostasis. Not only does it provide a platform to explain feelings such as pain and pleasure to keep humans within the life-supporting zone but it also gives this management, the mind, a goal, or a purpose so to speak. However with that platform the’s mind purpose seems to have extended beyond the need to maintain the body within its comfort zone and now includes its own interests as well. The mind, having been at first introduced as a tool to help keep the body within its homeostasis state, has outgrown its evolutionary function and became a purpose in itself. It is at this transition that I think Damasio’s explanations fall somewhat short. If natural selection remained in control, it would not have allowed the mind to put the body at risk. Yet people go to war. In what way does going to war, and not simply self-defense, help the body maintain its homeostasis state? Similarly, the body is indifferent to the amount of wealth a person owns as long as it is enough to survive. But the mind seems endlessly preoccupied with finding ways to increase wealth and forces the body to work harder and longer than needed. The body obeys and in doing so risks its wellbeing. Another example is education. How does the body compel the mind to pursue an education, or is it rather the other way around? Is it the mind that dictates the body to go to school? To be sure, Damasio did say that human conscious mind has taken evolution in a new course by providing us with choices and by making relatively complex sociocultural regulation. But when he extrapolated the mind’s life regulation function to include other organisms in societies and subsequently the rise of culture, he undermined the link between the mind and its biological origin in evolution. It is this biological underpinning that is the premise with which Damasio seeks to demystify consciousness. But once the mind engages in matters that have little to do with keeping the body safe to enhance reproductive success, then what we have is sort of a floating mind detached from the body and without relation to Damasio’s view of a mind. In other words, if the mind does not serve its role in natural selection, then why is it there for? The question as to how the human mind evolved to its current state is ultimately not the question that generates the mystery of consciousness. We can safely assume that when we talk about the evolution of the human body it includes the mind as well. It is this floating mind, one that seems to have a life on its own often in defiance of its original purpose in natural selection, that is closer to the mystery of consciousness and the little man, the homunculus, inside us.