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

Paperback | October 1, 2000

byAntonio Damasio

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The publication of this book is an event in the making. All over the world scientists, psychologists, and philosophers are waiting to read Antonio Damasio's new theory of the nature of consciousness and the construction of the self. A renowned and revered scientist and clinician, Damasio has spent decades following amnesiacs down hospital corridors, waiting for comatose patients to awaken, and devising ingenious research using PET scans to piece together the great puzzle of consciousness. In his bestselling Descartes' Error, Damasio revealed the critical importance of emotion in the making of reason. Building on this foundation, he now shows how consciousness is created. Consciousness is the feeling of what happens-our mind noticing the body's reaction to the world and responding to that experience. Without our bodies there can be no consciousness, which is at heart a mechanism for survival that engages body, emotion, and mind in the glorious spiral of human life. A hymn tothe possibilities of human existence, a magnificent work of ingenious science, a gorgeously written book, The Feeling of What Happens is already being hailed as a classic.

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We are all born with certain survival instincts. What is this and how do we come to possess it? Antonio Damasio examines these questions in The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness. Readers will learn the role that consciousness plays in survival and how feeling and emotion join both mind and bod...

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The publication of this book is an event in the making. All over the world scientists, psychologists, and philosophers are waiting to read Antonio Damasio's new theory of the nature of consciousness and the construction of the self. A renowned and revered scientist and clinician, Damasio has spent decades following amnesiacs down hospi...

Antonio Damasio is the Van Allen Professor and head of the department of neurology at the University of Iowa Medical Center and is an adjunct professor at the Salk Institute in San Diego. Descartes' Error was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and has been translated into twenty-three languages. He lives in Iowa City and C...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.89 inPublished:October 1, 2000Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0156010755

ISBN - 13:9780156010757

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We are all born with certain survival instincts. What is this and how do we come to possess it? Antonio Damasio examines these questions in The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness. Readers will learn the role that consciousness plays in survival and how feeling and emotion join both mind and body in a fascinating manner. After decades of working with patients who suffer from brain damage, Damasio explains the biological roots of consciousness.

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Antonio Damasio has done it again! Writing for the layman as well as the scientist, he constructs a compelling solution to the problem of consciousness."-Victoria Fromkin, UCLA"This is an extraordinary book. I know of nothing like it."-Jerome Kagan, Harvard University"There is no simpler way to say this: read the book to learn who you are."-Jorie Graham, Poet and Pulitzer Prize Winner"Everyone will be talking about it; everyone will have to read it."-Patricia and Paul Churchland, UCSD "