"I have no sensation or perception of using any energy being calm. I find it to be my natural state, even in situations that most find exceedingly stressful. I am in no way tired by exposure to such situations."
THAT is why I used the example of 'temperature'. You will have NO SENSATION either of using energy when your body attempts to maintain a constant body temperature - it will happen automatically. Yes, it will appear to be your natural state. THAT is what I am trying to point out. Things happen automatically. The point I am trying to make is that it all takes place without you being aware of it !!!
"I understand the argument. I also readily accept that you believe this. However, there is nothing in evolutionary science to suggest that we live in a constant state of unconscious fear of unknown, unrealized, unperceived things, fear which can be resolved through unsensed soothing devices which operate through wholly unknown mechanisms."
I didn't say that "we live in a constant state of unconscious fear". I said (with Concept 1) that our body is CONSTANTLY reading/sensing the temperature of our environment. It is programmed to do so. If it senses NO change in the temperature of the environment, then there is no energy used and there is no 'stress or tension'. If it senses something changing, then it will act.
"I am only saying that the evolutionary explanation is without foundation."
No, Elk, there is an evolutionary explanation.
"Yes, we possess an autonomic nervous system. It controls perspiration, respiration and the like."
We are getting somewhere !!!!!!!!!! We have a YES !!!!! Can we go to Stage 2 i.e further into Concept 1 ?
"As I understand May, the hypothesis is that the body has an unconscious physiological reaction to the devices to which the mind responds, affecting listener perception.
In the past, May analogized this to a plant's response to the presence of ethylene gas.
Is this incorrect?"
My understanding is somewhat different from the words you have used, although we are travelling the same road.
You have to distinguish between your "the body has an unconscious physiological reaction to the devices to which the mind responds, affecting listener perception." way of describing it and mine. I can go into more detail of my thinking but basically it is similar to the temperature model of Concept 1. Our devices are not reacting within a vacuum, within an inert environment. If you could SEE the modern environment, it would be like a cauldron, churning and bubbling away with noxious gases. I think, Elk, you are seeing the modern environment as a sea of tranquility !! That our devices are supposedly acting in your sea of tranquility and that is why you think it is all "the placebo effect".
Can I use Stage 2 to take you further ?
Instead of having brought "fear" into the debate, I guess we could have benefitted from using the term "alert" instead. This is the actual state where we sense things unknown to our conscious mind as far as I know.