Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain

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Random House, Sep 4, 2008 - Science - 352 pages
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In the centuries since Descartes famously proclaimed, 'I think, therefore I am,' science has often overlooked emotions as the source of a person's true being. Even modern neuroscience has tended until recently to concentrate on the cognitive aspects of brain function, disregarding emotions. This attitude began to change with the publication of Descartes' Error. Antonio Damasio challenged traditional ideas about the connection between emotions and rationality. In this wonderfully engaging book, Damasio takes the reader on a journey of scientific discovery through a series of case studies, demonstrating what many of us have long suspected: emotions are not a luxury, they are essential to rational thinking and to normal social behaviour.

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Another interesting book if reading about cognitive research turns you on. Read full review

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Somatic marker theory is a well presented and argued theory supported by both neurological and phenomenological evidence behind it. I was only disappointed that Damasio didn't pursue his derived ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Antonio Damasio is Van Allen Professor of Neurology and head of the department of neurology at The University of Iowa College of Medicine. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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