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

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A new theory of consciousness and the construction of identity focuses on the bodys reaction to its world, postulating that a complex relationship between body, emotion, and mind is required to configure the self. Reprint. 50,000 first printing. *Author: Damasio, Antonio R. *Subtitle: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness *Publication Date: 2000/10/01 *Number of Pages: 386 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 6.25 *Height: 9.00


Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Mfg Part# 9780156010757
SKU 30613041
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0156010755
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 9H x 6.25L x 1T
Author Info
Antonio R. Damasio
Antonio R. Damasio, one of the world's leading researchers in neuroscience, has headed the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine.
"The less appropriate for a lay audience than for an academic one--certainly you need a basic knowledge of the brain and an intense passion for the subject matter....[Damasio's] speculations are a necessary step toward decoding consciousness and providing a basis for future research....It's far too early to tell whether his theory will hold up or perish like a fleeting image in the brain."
"[THE FEELING OF WHAT HAPPENS]" clear, beautiful language, its fascinating case studies and the way in which it brings difficult scientific issues to life for readers with many different interests may actually make it a landmark in the interdisciplinary project of consciousness research.
"[Damasio] is not merely that rare writer who can render crackling prose on a sometimes murky subject. He is an active and groundbreaking researcher in the field of neurobiology....Only the most audacious of scientists would undertake an exploration that focuses on two such nebulous variables as consciousness and feelings and attempt to relate them anatomically and evolutionarily....You must pay attention as you follow [his] trailblazing. Do not skip over the neuroanatomy lessons and you will be well compensated with fresh insights and complexities."
"In FEELING OF WHAT HAPPENS Damasio supports his proposals by describing a number of devastating neurological conditions drawn from his years of clinical experience. He discusses these with sensitivity and respect....[FELLING OF WHAT HAPPENS] fuels hope that we will ultimately identify the brain structures underlying all facets of mentality. It also demonstrates such knowledge can deepen our understanding of who we are."
"[D]aunting though this theme might seem, there are rewards for those who are willing to meet the challenge of reading Damasio's book. There are few more interesting subjects in the world than the source and workings of consciousness and rarely has there been an author better qualified to explain them."
"[A] fascinating and suggestive book...."
"Damasio moves freely between the neurological and philosophical domains, and his speculative verve will trouble specialists on both sides....[THE FEELING OF WHAT HAPPENS] stands on its own, a powerful book, thrilling at times, a major contribution to the great Cartesian tradition of the human mind's study of itself."
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First Line I have always been intrigued by the specific moment when, as we sit waiting in the audience, the door to the stage opens and a performer steps into the light; or take the other perspective, the moment when a performer who waits in semidarkness sees the same door open, revealing the lights, the stage, and the audience.
Annotation In this scholarly book, a neuroscientist explores the biological basis for consciousness and the interrelationships between emotions, feelings, and the self. Illustrations throughout.
Editors Note A gifted medical clinician with decades of caring for patients with brain damage, a great scientific thinker, and an extraordinary writer, Damasio offers a new understanding of the biological roots of consciousness and its role in survival. Damasio's work on feeling and emotion forever joins our minds and bodies, offering an arrestingly original way of understanding what it is to be human.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0400
Publisher Harvest Books

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