The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures

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Pantheon Books, 2018 - Science - 310 pages
From one of our preeminent neuroscientists: a landmark reflection that spans the biological and social sciences, offering a new way of understanding the origins of life, feeling, and culture.

The Strange Order of Things is a pathbreaking investigation into homeostasis, the condition of that regulates human physiology within the range that makes possible not only the survival but also the flourishing of life. Antonio Damasio makes clear that we descend biologically, psychologically, and even socially from a long lineage that begins with single living cells; that our minds and cultures are linked by an invisible thread to the ways and means of ancient unicellular life and other primitive life-forms; and that inherent in our very chemistry is a powerful force, a striving toward life maintenance that governs life in all its guises, including the development of genes that help regulate and transmit life. In The Strange Order of Things, Damasio gives us a new way of comprehending the world and our place in it.


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Homeostasis does the heavy lifting in Antonio Damasio’s account of life, subjectivity, consciousness, and culture. Not the homeostasis that your mom told you about, the one that describes the tendency ... Read full review

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Give it a chance and this book will blow your mind. Or at least turn upside down then inside out everything you thought you knew about you, your self-awareness and the discipline you exercised over ... Read full review


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Varieties of Homeostasis
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Expanding Minds
The Construction of Feelings
On Cultures
Medicine Immortality and Algorithms
On the Human Condition Now
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Antonio Damasiois University Professor, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology and Philosophy, and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Trained as both neurologist and neuroscientist, Damasio has made seminal contributions to the understanding of brain processes underlying emotions, feelings, and consciousness. His work on the role of affect in decision-making has made a major impact in neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and has been named "Highly Cited Researcher" by the Institute for Scientific Information, and is regarded as one of the most eminent psychologists of the modern era.

Damasio is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He has received numerous prizes, among them the Grawemeyer Award 2014 and the Honda Prize 2010 , the Asturias Prize in Science and Technology 2005 , and the Nonino 2003 , Signoret 2004 and Pessoa 1992 Prizes.

He holds Honorary Doctorates from several leading Universities, some shared with his wife Hanna, e.g. the cole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne EPFL , 2011 and the Sorbonne Universite Paris Descartes , 2015.

Damasio has discussed his research and ideas in several books, among them Descartes' Error, The Feeling of What Happens, Looking for Spinozaand Self Comes to Mind, which are translated and taught in universities worldwide.

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Author Residence-Los Angeles, CA

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