Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain

Antonio Damasio (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$17.00  $15.64
Publisher
Vintage
Publish Date
March 06, 2012
Pages
398
Dimensions
5.25 X 0.82 X 7.99 inches | 0.84 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780307474957

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About the Author

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.

Reviews

"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 clar-ity 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 inter-face 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 nat-ural 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