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The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness Paperback – October 10, 2000
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These new methods are not without rigor, though. Damasio and his colleagues examine patients with disruptions and interruptions in consciousness and take deep insights from these tragic lives while offering greater comfort and meaning to the sufferers. His thesis, that our sense of self arises from our need to map relations between self and others, is firmly rooted in medical and evolutionary research but stands up well to self-examination. His examples from the weird world of neurology are unsettling yet deeply humanizing--real people with serious problems spring to life in the pages, but they are never reduced to their deficits. The Feeling of What Happens captures the spirit of discovery as it plunges deeper than ever into the darkest waters yet. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book will challenge and delight the most sophisticated readers, while rarely leaving the less sophisticated lost or overwhelmed.Read more ›
Having said this, the book itself endeavors to demonstrate how consciousness emerges from gross neuroanatomy and physiology. In this Damasio is successful in using neuropathology to define terms such as: homeostasis, consciousness, language, mental images, neuronal maps, cathexis, and hedonic tone (although he does not use these two latter terms explicitly). In all honesty Damasio is very strict about defining his terms.Read more ›
Parvizi J., Damasio A. Consciousness and the brainstem (2001) Cognition, 79 (1-2), pp. 135-160.
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There is no need for me to review this book. The reviews of this book by every major newspaper and scientific organization are written on the inside of the jacket of this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by William E. Baumzweiger, M.D.
A very interesting read. It supplements Damasio's TED talk which I enjoyed.Published 21 months ago by mac