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

ISBN-10: 0156010755
ISBN-13: 9780156010757
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Authors: Antonio Damasio
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Description: Widely praised for his innovative scientific thinking and elegant writing, Antonio Damasio achieves a new understanding of consciousness by asking-and answering-profound questions: How is it that we know what we know? How is it that our conscious  More...

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List price: $16.95
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/10/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Widely praised for his innovative scientific thinking and elegant writing, Antonio Damasio achieves a new understanding of consciousness by asking-and answering-profound questions: How is it that we know what we know? How is it that our conscious and private minds have a sense of self? 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. After reading Damasio's landmark, Descartes' Error, Jonas Salk wrote, "You will never again look at yourself or another without wondering what goes on behind the eyes that so meet." As to The Feeling of What Happens, the New York Times wrote, "Unlike any other book here, it will change your experience of yourself."

Antonio Damasio was born in Lisbon, Portugal and studied medicine at the University of Lisbon Medical School, where he also did his neurological residency and completed his doctorate. Eventually, he moved to the United States as a research fellow at the Aphasia Research Center in Boston. From 1976 to 2005, he was M.W. Van Allen Professor and Head of Neurology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He is currently the David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Neurology, and director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. He has written several books on his research including Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain, which won the Science et Vie prize; The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness; and Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain. He has also received the Prince of Asturias Award in Science and Technology, the Kappers Neuroscience Medal, the Beaumont Medal from the American Medical Association, the Nonino Prize, the Reenpaa Prize in Neuroscience, and the Honda Prize.

Introduction
Stepping into the Light
Stepping into the Light
Absent without Leave
The Problem of Consciousness
Approaching Consciousness
Mind, Behavior, and Brain
Reflecting on the Neurological and Neuropsychological Evidence
A Search for Self
Why We Need Consciousness
The Beginning of Consciousness
Coping with Mystery
Hide and Seek
Feeling and Knowing
Emotion and Feeling
Once More with Emotion
A Historical Aside
The Brain Knows More than the Conscious Mind Reveals
An Aside on Controlling the Uncontrollable
What Are Emotions?
The Biological Function of Emotions
Inducing Emotions
The Mechanics of Emotion
Have No Fear
How It All Works
Sharpening the Definition of Emotion: An Aside
The Substrate for the Representation of Emotions and Feelings
Core Consciousness
Studying Consciousness
The Music of Behavior and the External Manifestations of Consciousness
Wakefulness
Attention and Purposeful Behavior
Studying Consciousness from Its Absence
The Hint Half Hinted
Language and Consciousness
If You Had That Much Money: A Comment on Language and Consciousness
Memory and Consciousness
Nothing Comes to Mind
David's Consciousness
Rounding Up Some Facts
The Hint Half Hinted
A Biology for Knowing
The Organism and the Object
The Body behind the Self
The Need for Stability
The Internal Milieu as a Precursor to the Self
More on the Internal Milieu
Under the Microscope
Managing Life
Why Are Body Representations Well Suited to Signify Stability?
One Body One Person: The Roots of the Singularity of Self
The Organism's Invariance and the Impermanence of Permanence
The Roots of Individual Perspective, Ownership, and Agency
The Mapping of Body Signals
The Neural Self
Brain Structures Required to Implement the Proto-Self
Brain Structures Which Are Not Required to Implement the Proto-Self
Something-to-Be-Known
A Note on the Disorders of the Something-to-Be-Known
It Must Be Me because I'm Here
The Making of Core Consciousness
The Birth of Consciousness
You Are the Music while the Music Lasts: The Transient Core Self
Beyond the Transient Core Self: The Autobiographical Self
Assembling Core Consciousness
The Need for a Second-Order Neural Pattern
Where Is the Second-Order Neural Pattern?
The Images of Knowing
Consciousness from Perceived Objects and Recalled Past Perceptions
The Nonverbal Nature of Core Consciousness
The Naturalness of Wordless Storytelling
One Last Word on the Homunculus
Taking Stock
Extended Consciousness
Extended Consciousness
Assessing Extended Consciousness
Disorders of Extended Consciousness
Transient Global Amnesia
Anosognosia
Asomatognosia
The Transient and the Permanent
The Neuroanatomical Basis for the Autobiographical Self
The Autobiographical Self, Identity, and Personhood
The Autobiographical Self and the Unconscious
Nature's Self and Culture's Self
Beyond Extended Consciousness
The Neurology of Consciousness
Assessing Statement Number One: Evidence for a Role of Proto-Self Structures in Consciousness
It Looks like Sleep
It May Look like Coma
Reflecting on the Neural Correlates of Coma and Persistent Vegetative State
The Reticular Formation Then and Now
A Quiet Mystery
The Anatomy of the Proto-Self in the Perspective of Classical Experiments
Reconciling Facts and Interpretations
Assessing Statement Number Two: Evidence for a Role of Second-Order Structures in Consciousness
Assessing the Other Statements
Conclusions
A Remarkable Overlap of Functions
A New Context for Reticular Formation and Thalamus
A Counterintuitive Fact?
Bound to Know
Feeling Feelings
Feeling Feelings
The Substrate for Feelings of Emotion
From Emotion to Conscious Feeling
What Are Feelings For?
A Note on Background Feelings
The Obligate Body-Relatedness of Feeling
Emotion and Feeling after Spinal Cord Transection
Evidence from the Section of Vagus Nerve and Spinal Cord
Lessons from Locked-In Syndrome
Learning from Emotion with the Help of the Body
Using Consciousness
Unconsciousness and Its Limits
The Merits of Consciousness
Will We Ever Experience the Consciousness of Another?
Where Does Consciousness Rank in the Grand Scheme?
Under the Light
By Feeling and by Light
Under the Light
Notes on Mind and Brain
A Glossary of Sorts
What Is an Image and What Is a Neural Pattern?
Images Are Not Just Visual
Constructing Images
Representations
Maps
Mysteries and Gaps of Knowledge in the Making of Images
New Terms
Some Pointers on the Anatomy of the Nervous System
The Brain Systems behind the Mind
Endnotes
Acknowledgments
Index
About the Author

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