`Will give pleasure to anyone interested in original thinking about the brain...Breathtakingly original' Financial Times The trailblazing investigation of a question that has confounded us for centuries: how is consciousness created?
'Will give pleasure to anyone interested in original thinking about the brain...Breathtakingly original' Financial Times
The trailblazing investigation of a question that has confounded us for centuries- how is consciousness created?
In Self Comes to Mind, world-renowned neuroscientist Antonio Damasio goes against the long-standing idea that consciousness is separate from the body, presenting compelling new scientific evidence that consciousness - what we think of as a mind with a self - is in fact a biological process created by a living organism. His view entails a radical change in the way the history of the conscious mind is viewed and told, suggesting that the brain's development of a human self is a challenge to nature's indifference.
Groundbreaking ideas and beautifully written, this is essential reading for anyone curious about the foundations of mind and self.
ANTONIO DAMASIO is University Professor, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Neurology, and director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. Damasio's other books include Descartes' Error; The Feeling of What Happens; and Looking for Spinoza. He has received the Honda Prize, the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research, and, shared with his wife Hanna, the Pessoa, Signoret, and Cozzarelli prizes. Damasio is a fellow of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He lives in Los Angeles.
"'Awareness may be mostly mystery, but Damasio shapes its hints and glimmerings into an imaginative, informed narrative.'" Kirkus "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 "Damasio makes a grand transition from higher-brain views of emotions to deeply evolutionary, lower-brain contributions to emotional, sensory and homeostatic experiences. He affirms 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 "I was totally captivated by Self Comes to Mind.In this work Antonio Damasio presents his seminal discoveries in the field 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, musician "The epicenter of Self Comes to Mind concerns the neurological basis for cognition and the issue of the superposition of a "self' onto the construct which we address as reality. Damasio is both eloquent and scholarly. His command of the themes he approaches is impressive, as is the vigor with which he tackles such recondite issues as the elusive "self," inside the head. A wonderful read, and a recommended one!" Rodolfo R. Llinas, New York University
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