I posed the question to you because I think that Livio's approach to consciousness and mind is similar to yours. If you reread the eight or nine paragraphs of the LiveScience article that both quote and describe Livio's operating premises, I think you'll see what I'm getting at. I think the question Livio raises is an important one that is relevant to the various issues we've discussed in this thread over the last few years.I'm not sure I understand your question re the origin of the attraction to symmetry. A just so story might be that perceived symmetries are probably related/synonymous to adaptive patterns in the environment, thus organisms are attracted to them.
I think that's true, but it still leaves the nature and meaning of 'perception' and its relationship to consciousness wide open, thus the issue we have to keep coming back to. Hope this makes sense.As to your last paragraph: I think as we've been discussing—especially at the end of the last thread—that cognition is indeed grounded in perception. It seems that that there is a growing, mainstream consensus on this as well.