Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain

Author(s) : Antonio Damasio

Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain

Book Details

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Published : 2012
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 384
  • Category :
    Neuroscience
  • Category 2 :
    Popular Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 33261
  • ISBN 13 : 9780099498025
  • ISBN 10 : 9780099498
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Explores two questions that have haunted philosophers, neurologists, cognitive scientists and psychologists for centuries: how do brains construct minds, and how do minds become conscious? 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 this revelatory work, he debunks the long-standing idea that consciousness is somehow separate from the body, presenting astounding new scientific evidence that consciousness - what we think of as 'self' is in fact a biological process created by the brain. Besides the three traditional perspectives used to study the mind (the personal, the behavioral, and the neurological), Damasio introduces the evolutionary perspective, which entails a radical change in the way the history of conscious minds is viewed and told. Beautifully told, through fascinating and moving human stories, Self Comes to Mind will ultimately reveal how our minds work - often without knowing or even controlling what we do - and allow us to glimpse the root of our fondest constructs: self, identity, personhood, and self-image.

About the Author(s)

Born in Portugal, Antonio Damasio is Van Allen Distinguished Professor and head of the department of neurology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. He is the author of Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain and The Feeling of What Happens: Body, Emotion and the Making of Consciousness.

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