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The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness

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ISBN13: 9780151003693
ISBN10: 0151003696
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The publication of this book is an event in the making. All over the world scientists, psychologists, and philosophers are waiting to read Antonio Damasio's new theory of the nature of consciousness and the construction of the self. A renowned and revered scientist and clinician, Damasio has spent decades following amnesiacs down hospital corridors, waiting for comatose patients to awaken, and devising ingenious research using PET scans to piece together the great puzzle of consciousness. In his bestselling Descartes' Error, Damasio revealed the critical importance of emotion in the making of reason. Building on this foundation, he now shows how consciousness is created. Consciousness is the feeling of what happens-our mind noticing the body's reaction to the world and responding to that experience. Without our bodies there can be no consciousness, which is at heart a mechanism for survival that engages body, emotion, and mind in the glorious spiral of human life. A hymn to the possibilities of human existence, a magnificent work of ingenious science, a gorgeously written book, The Feeling of What Happens is already being hailed as a classic.

Synopsis:

Antonio Damasio examines the biological roots of consciousness and its role in our survival in The Feeling of What Happens.

 

How is it that we know what we know? How is it that our conscious and private minds have a sense of self? A gifted medical clinician and scientific thinker, Damasio helps readers to ask and answer questions about what it is to be human. His elegant investigation of feeling and emotion offers a new understanding of the conscious mind and, as the New York Times has noted, “will change your experience of yourself.” 

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 336-365) and index.

About the Author

Antonio Damasio is the Van Allen Professor and head of the department of neurology at the University of Iowa Medical Center and is an adjunct professor at the Salk Institute in San Diego. Descartes' Error was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and has been translated into twenty-three languages. He lives in Iowa City and Chicago.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Stepping into the light — Feeling and knowing. Emotion and feeling — Core consciousness — The hint half hinted — A biology for knowing. The organism and the object — The making of core consciousness — Extended consciousness — The neurology of consciousness — Bound to know. Feeling feelings — Using consciousness — Under the light — Appendix. Notes on mind and brain.

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kent.fairfield, July 16, 2011 (view all comments by kent.fairfield)
For many of us, this book is not an easy read; however, I strongly recommend it! In part, it explains the purpose and function of emotions. Once understood, so much of human behavior becomes clear. Apparent contradictions and differences of opinion, even by recognized experts, become comprehensible. This book, while technical in the field of neuroscience, contains revelations of immense significance to the human condition and individual personal behavior. It is a definite must read!
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For many of us, this book is not an easy read; however, I strongly recommend it! In part, it explains the purpose and function of emotions. Once understood, so much of human behavior becomes clear. Apparent contradictions and differences of opinion, even by recognized experts, become comprehensible. This book, while technical in the field of neuroscience, contains revelations of immense significance to the human condition and individual personal behavior. It is a definite must read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780151003693
Subtitle:
Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness
Author:
Damasio, Antonio R.
Author:
Damasio, Antonio
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Neuropsychology
Subject:
Mind & Body
Subject:
Emotions
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Consciousness
Subject:
Mind and body
Subject:
Emotions -- Physiological aspects.
Subject:
Human Physiology
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20001010
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
bandw line art
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Antonio Damasio examines the biological roots of consciousness and its role in our survival in The Feeling of What Happens.

 

How is it that we know what we know? How is it that our conscious and private minds have a sense of self? A gifted medical clinician and scientific thinker, Damasio helps readers to ask and answer questions about what it is to be human. His elegant investigation of feeling and emotion offers a new understanding of the conscious mind and, as the New York Times has noted, “will change your experience of yourself.” 

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