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“Self Comes to Mind is a Big Idea book penned by a luminous thinker. . . . [A] beautifully sprawling and marvelous work.” —The Dallas Morning News
“Will give pleasure to anyone interested in original thinking about the brain. . . . Breathtakingly original.” —Financial Times
“Damasio introduces some novel ideas. . . . Intriguing.” —New Scientist
“Adventurous, courageous, and intelligent. Antonio Damasio is one of the leading workers in the ﬁeld of consciousness research. . . . I have great admiration for this book and its author.” —John Searle, The New York Review of Books
“Damasio’s most ambitious work yet. . . . A lucid and important work.” —Wired.com
“A very interesting book . . . cogent, painstaking, imaginative, knowledgeable, honest, and persuasive . . . Damasio’s quest is both thorough and comprehensive.” —New York Journal of Books
“Damasio’s continental European training sensitizes him to the reductionist traps that ensnare so many of his colleagues. His is the only one of the many consciousness books weighing down my shelves that feels it necessary to mention Freud’s . . . use of the term unconscious.” —The Guardian (Book of the Week)
“A delight. You will embark on an intellectual journey well worth the effort.” —The Wilson Quarterly
“Readers of [Damasio’s] earlier books will encounter again the clarity and the richness of a scientiﬁc theory nourished by the practice of the neurologist.” —L’Humanité (France)
“Some scientiﬁc heavyweights have dared approach consciousness. Among them, Antonio Damasio has the immense advantage of a dual knowledge of the human brain, as scientist and clinician. In Self Comes to Mind he gives us a fascinating window of this interface between the brain and the world, which is grounded in our own body.” —Le Figaro (France)
“The marvel of reading Damasio’s book is to be convinced one can follow the brain at work as it makes the private reality that is the deepest self.” —V. S. Naipaul, Nobel laureate and author of A Bend in the River
“Damasio makes a grand transition from higher- brain views of emotions to deeply evolutionary, lower- brain contributions to emotional, sensory, and homeostatic experiences. He afﬁ rms that the roots of consciousness are affective and shared by our fellow animals. Damasio’s creative vision leads relentlessly toward a natural understanding of the very font of being.” —Jaak Panksepp, author of Affective Neuroscience and Baily Endowed Chair for Animal Well- Being Science, Washington State University
“I was totally captivated by Self Comes to Mind. Damasio presents his seminal discoveries in the ﬁ eld of neuroscience in the broader contexts of evolutionary biology and cultural development. This trailblazing book gives us a new way of thinking about ourselves, our history, and the importance of culture in shaping our common future.” —Yo-Yo Ma
The book is tremendously interesting and well written.
The book explored information that I have previously learned in my neuroscience classes as well as information in cognitive psychology and human anatomy.
Most importantly, I actually understand what Damasio means when he speaks of the proto self, core self, and autobiographical self.
Interesting book but a bit of a stretch for the lay person.
There is a real need to filter out unnecessary and distracting information from the opening... Read more
The writing is occasionally a little awkward, but this is a fabulously thought-provoking book.Published 4 months ago by Greg Vitercik
the comments of other reviewers about the densely written prose are true; it's not dense because of the
subject matter but rather because of the sentence structure, choice of... Read more
I think this book is the best way for a non-scientist to acquire the knowledge about complicated processes and the newest findings in the field of neurobiology.Published 5 months ago by Marcin Pasikowski
Damasio shows how the conscious mind comes into being. The mystery is not completely explained and may never be just because it is difficult to imagine how the human mind can ever... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Philip Henderson
An excellent presentation of the complexity of how the mind constructs the Self, especially for an interested lay reader.Published 7 months ago by James R. Cook III
As a Scientist myself, I am amazed by the intricate details of this book. This is The text book for the Neuroscience Dept. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sonia Fiddler