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Self comes to mind : constructing the conscious brain (edition 2010)

by Antonio R. Damasio

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Title:Self comes to mind : constructing the conscious brain
Authors:Antonio R. Damasio
Info:London : William Heinemann, 2010.
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Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain by Antonio Damasio

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A compelling theory of the nature of self-consciousness, and a great review of current neuroscience. ( )
  gratefulyoga | Sep 11, 2014 |
Interesting, but not satisfying. I felt that Damasio has a lot to say about consciousness and the self and the brain, but that he didn't really do it in this book. It seemed that he jumped far too quickly from high-level constructions like "mind" to low-level brain areas, and with too little justification. His train of thought seems to go into tunnels and come out at unexpected places.

However, this dissatisfaction might reflect the reader's ignorance more than anything else. Damasio has certainly earned a second reading. I want to make sense of this book - the fact that I haven't yet might be my fault, or his, or the fault may lie somewhere in between. ( )
  kiparsky | Aug 9, 2014 |
Antonio Damasio has spent the past thirty years researching and and revealing how the brain works. Here, in his most ambitious and stunning work yet, he rejects the long-standing idea that consciousness is somehow separate from the body, and presents compelling new scientific evidence that posits an evolutionary perspective. 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. This development helps to open the way for the appearance of culture, perhaps one of our most defining characteristics as thinking and self-aware beings. ( )
  MarkBeronte | Mar 4, 2014 |
I wasn't disappointed by this book, but overwhelmed. It was an honest struggle to finish, as the author chose to emphasize the structure and construction of consciousness. That may be fascinating to many, but not where my interests lie. It is hard to blame an author for not writing the book you wanted, and this book is very strong on what he emphasizes.

I feel this is a further development of the Dennett _Consciousness Explained_ train, with the theory developed into neuro-based facts of the brain. What it means for free will and all that springs from this seemingly fading idea of humanity is important for us all to understand. ( )
  kcshankd | May 3, 2013 |
This is an excellent book. It discusses brain function and consciousness in a very understandable way, and includes many interesting anecdotes that illustrate the points very well. I recommend it very highly. ( )
  bartwig | May 3, 2012 |
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From one of the most significant neuroscientists at work today, a pathbreaking investigation of a question that has confounded philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists for centuries: how is consciousness created?
 
Antonio Damasio has spent the past thirty years studying and writing about how the brain operates, and his work has garnered acclaim for its singular melding of the scientific and the humanistic. In Self Comes to Mind, he goes against the long-standing idea that consciousness is somehow separate from the body, presenting compelling new scientific evidence that consciousness—what we think of as a mind with a self—is to begin with a biological process created by a living organism. Besides the three traditional perspectives used to study the mind (the introspective, the behavioral, and the neurological), Damasio introduces an evolutionary perspective that entails a radical change in the way the history of conscious minds is viewed and told. He also advances a radical hypothesis regarding the origins and varieties of feelings, which is central to his framework for the biological construction of consciousness: feelings are grounded in a near fusion of body and brain networks, and first emerge from the historically old and humble brain stem rather than from the modern cerebral cortex.
 
Damasio suggests that the brain’s development of a human self becomes a challenge to nature’s indifference and opens the way for the appearance of culture, a radical break in the course of evolution and the source of a new level of life regulation—sociocultural homeostasis. He leaves no doubt that the blueprint for the work-in-progress he calls sociocultural homeostasis is the genetically well-established basic homeostasis, the curator of value that has been present in simple life-forms for billions of years. Self Comes to Mind is a groundbreaking journey into the neurobiological foundations of mind and self.

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"From one of the most significant neuroscientists at work today, a pathbreaking investigation of a question that has confounded philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists for centuries: how is consciousness created?" "Antonio Damasio has spent the past thirty years studying and writing about how the brain operates, and his work has garnered acclaim for its singular melding of the scientific and the humanistic. In Self Comes to Mind, he goes against the long-standing idea that consciousness is somehow separate from the body, presenting compelling new scientific evidence that consciousness--what we think of as a mind with a self--is to begin with a biological process created by a living organism. Besides the three traditional perspectives used to study the mind (the introspective, the behavioral, and the neurological), Damasio introduces an evolutionary perspective that entails a radical change in the way the history of conscious minds is viewed and told. He also advances a radical hypothesis regarding the origins and varieties of feelings, which is central to his framework for the biological construction of consciousness: feelings are grounded in a near fusion of body and brain networks, and first emerge from the historically old and humble brain stem rather than from the modern cerebral cortex." "Damasio suggests that the brain's development of a human self becomes a challenge to nature's indifference and opens the way for the appearance of culture, a radical break in the course of evolution and the source of a new level of life regulation--sociocultural homeostasis. He leaves no doubt that the blueprint for the work-in-progress he calls sociocultural homeostasis is the genetically well-established basic homeostasis, the curator of value that has been present in simple life-forms for billions of years. Self Comes to Mind is a groundbreaking journey into the neurobiological foundations of mind and self."-- book jacket.… (more)

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