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

Author(s) : Antonio Damasio

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

Book Details

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Published : February 2019
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 336
  • Category :
    Popular Psychology
  • Category 2 :
    Neuroscience
  • Catalogue No : 94581
  • ISBN 13 : 9780345807144
  • ISBN 10 : 0345807146
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The Strange Order of Things is a pathbreaking investigation into homeostasis, the condition that regulates human physiology within the range that makes possible not only 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 existence 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. The Strange Order of Things is a landmark reflection that spans the biological and social sciences, offering a new way of understanding the origins of life, feeling, and culture.

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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