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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Powerful and fascinant in a technical language writing - Goodreads
I need to make more sense of the introduction. - Goodreads
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An interesting and difficult read. Interesting, in that here we have a professor of neuroscience and psychology writing about the leading edge of his field with case studies and referencing giants ... Read full review

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I need to make more sense of the introduction. I suspect that the meat of the book is embedded in the intro. Chap 1 and 2 deal with Phineas Gage and his modern day incarnation. This is an effective ... Read full review

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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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