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Self comes to mind : constructing the conscious brain

Author: Antonio R Damasio
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This work is an investigation of a question that has confounded philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists for centuries: how is consciousness created? The author, a neuroscientist 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 this book he goes against the long standing idea  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Antonio R Damasio
ISBN: 9780307378750 0307378756
OCLC Number: 500797252
Description: xi, 367 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Starting Over. Awakening ; From life regulation to biological value --
What's in a Brain That a Mind Can Be? Making maps and making images ; The body in mind ; Emotions and feelings ; An architecture for memory --
Being Conscious. Consciousness observed ; Building a conscious mind ; The autobiographical self ; Putting it together --
Long after Consciousness. Living with consciousness.
Responsibility: Antonio Damasio.
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This work is an investigation of a question that has confounded philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists for centuries: how is consciousness created? The author, a neuroscientist 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 this book 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), he 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. He 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. This book is a journey into the neurobiological foundations of mind and self.

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