António R. Damásio: Descartes' Error Emotion Reason and the Human Brain



Ally think of it is not an abstract process but a fundamentally embodied one the brain and the body are in constant communication and the brain uses feedback from the body to evaluate prune and select for further exploration the branches of a ecision tree that for even the most minor of problems when should we get together next would be otherwise unmanageably largeMy interest in cognitive science and neuroscience were the natural outgrowths of my interest in computers and science fiction I grew up as Two Brothers, One Tail did most people of my generation with the metaphor of the mind as a computer executing logical programs in a way that would have made Aristotle and Descartes proud I knew from studies of psychology how apparently irrational the human mind could be but until I read this book I always thought the mind was fundamentally a separate thing from the body This book convinced me they are at least as we implement them inseparable If you re into stuff like this you can read the full reviewLife Is but a Dream Descartes Error Emotion Reason and the Human Brain by Ant nio R Dam sioOriginal Review 1994 11 17Dave Chalmersid a great job of making consciousness popular but his own view was 400 years out of Woman Much Missed date Descartes is the real rigorous physicist here he was after all one of the people whoevised physics What he meant by the soul and God being spirit is that they caused matter to move Matter for Descartes was just the inert occupancy of a space extension So physics consisted of the interaction of spirit and matter We now call spirit force or energy and Descartes was uite right because thinking is all about electromagnetic fluxes which in themselves Why Americas Top Pundits Are Wrong do not occupy space or have mass His mistake was to think that there had to be one special spirit unit Leibniz sorted that out in 1714 OMG Damasio is a hand full I think he s trying to kill me The book starts out very readable which is uncharacteristic of Damasio then about half way through the book becomes nearly unreadable which is typical of Damasio I am an educated reader I teach affective andevelopmental psychology I am not a researcher or a specialist but I can say that none of the material in this book is unfamiliar to me But I m often lost as to the larger point Damasio is trying to make I attribute this to Damasio s prolix writing style Much of the book feels like he s barfing Citizen Cain data onto page after page with out connecting any of it back to the central metaphor of the book I find this to be the case with a lot of European intellectuals They big generalization lots of exceptions eg Dawkinson t seem to value economy clarity or functionality in their writing The older I get the I respect writers who Trail of Secrets do I ll finish this book I ll read the rest of his books butear god what a chor. Te si corp eroare perpetuata How to Train a Cowboy de traditia culturala occidentalaAparuta in 1994 tradusa in peste 20e limbi Eroarea lui Descartes a reprezentat una One Special Moment dintre cele mai fascinante provocari adresate atat biologilor si medicilor cat si filozofilor Antonio Damasio neurolog americane prim rang sintetizeaza cunostintele A Touch of Persuasion (Men Of Wolff Mountain despre functionarea creierului si le raporteaza la procesele mintale intr o pasionanta incercaree explicare a ratiunii umanetraducere e Irina Tanasesc.

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Damasio s book is terrific and works both as an introduction and a good guide for those studying neuroscience and cognitive science The scientific case studies are easily accessible and thorough it features by far the most thorough assessment of the Phineas Gage case that I ve come across as are the iscussions of circuitry Damasio The Mommy Makeover does use some unualified terms but heoes a reasonable job at keeping the very technical The Convicts Bounty Bride (Convict Wives discussions brief or relatively well ualified by the context of the case studiesThere are a lot of areas that Damasio glosses over but that is largel very bad the title takes on a literal meaning as this book is good for 1 a further explication but just largely a complete repetition of Descartes philosophy under the guise of a correction 2 never pointing out any errors Descartes actually made and falling in to all of the same traps Descartesid most of which were pointed out in the 17th century Ignore my bias of working in a body centered cognitive neuroscience laboratory whose nascence was likely inspired by researchers such as Demasio but Demasio s theory resonates as a particularly well informed big level brain theory I ve read a number of others who attempt to explain away a lot of the mysteries of the brain by big level theories but Demasio turns out to build one of the compelling set of explanations based mostly on evidence from his years of research in A River of Royal Blood (Untitled, dissociation studies in neurology Where others fail by skirting the issues of how neural structures and organization can lead to self consciousness and the link between mind and body Demasio succeeds His message is simple we must not forget the entire biological organism when analyzing the brain The fallout from this main thesis is that proper cool headed reasoningecision making and logical thought is influenced by emotion and vice versa This symbiosis theme continues as we are taught to remember that the brain is part of the body and the body is part of the brain Forgetting the strong coupling between the two is First Blood denying the reality of the situation A brain in a vat is no brain at all Stylistically Demasio writes an engaging tale The book is meant for a general audience but I guess that most people unfamiliar with the brain structures competing theories and the generalebate in philosophy of mind will find the content a bit heavy and must re read certain passages The book sags a bit in the middle editor please but Demasio s theories of self to be found in the closing chapters are well worth the waitI won t The Palliser Novels delve too much into the implications for neuroscience but Demasio s claim only makes our task toescribe the brain all the Men And Gods In Mongolia difficult He sides with high level theorists pointing out that no matter how well we understand the constituent units. In vara lui 1848 Phineas Gage muncitor feroviar sufera un accident teribil in urma unei explozii o bara metalica ii trece prin cap Isi revine surprinzatorar si mai surprinzatoare sunt efectele accidentului fara sa piarda nimic Hunter Killer (Pike Logan din cunostintele si capacitatile pe care le avusese firea lui Phineas Gage se schimba radical Devine insensibil pierde orice urmae afectivitate In plus e incapabil sa mai ia hotarari iar viata lui se Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards, destramaPorninde la acest caz clas.

Of our neurological system it is not sufficient to The Friend Zone describe behavior until we account for the whole picture This means that every high level experiment needs to understand that behavioral results can be not only task related but also influenced by background emotion somethingifficult to measure and control Bref He s successfully left me with some new ideas and has made a compelling thesis Congrats I was captivated and fascinated by this book start to finish The book addresses the importance of emotion in cognition thus pointing out Descartes error in separating mind from body In many ways this book simply affirms things that I have known for many years having spent 20 years as a Flying Scotsman Manual dancerchoreographer but Damasio s perspective as a neuroscientist provides additional and compelling insights I recommend this book to anyone interested in cognition psychology philosophy arts or science basically to just about anyone Having read and become involved with his later books I have gone to the first in a series which explains theifference between emotion and feeling which makes th I had an unusually ambivalent reaction to this book and alternated between being fascinated and being well slightly bored I Alpha (Shifters, d say that the book is good and the author has some excellent insights but he gets a little long winded at times and tends to meander For the curious Descarte s error was the separation of mind and body and conseuently an artificialichotomy between rationality and emotion Damasio makes an excellent case on neurological grounds that rationality simply Whalerider doesn t work without emotion Rene Descartes was a 17th French philosopher and scientist often called the father of modern philosophy Descartes argued that mind is an essence that exists independent of brain this is known as Cartesian Dualism In Descartes Error Antonio Damasio argues persuasively that that mind is inextricably linked to brain when you change the physical brain in specific measurable ways you induce specific and measurably changes in mind personality and behaviorDamasio illustrates this through numerous examplesrawn from pati I read Descartes Error as an undergraduate In grad school I learned that my advisor s wife herself a neuroscientist of some renown had a very poor opinion of Damasio s work However by that point this book had already changed my lifeDamasio provides here a popular account of research in neuroscience that started with the famous case of Phinneas Gage who upon having a railroad spike shoved through his head by an explosion changed from being an upstanding reliable citizen into a scurrilous bastard with a gambling problem From this as well as experimental work with other victims of brain Charlie Turns Into a T-Rex damage Damasioraws the conclusion that reason as we typic. Ic Antonio Damasio analizeaza efectele lezarii lobului frontal al creierului si observa ca insensibilizarea afectiva e mereu insotita e isfunctii ale capacitatii Considering Kate (The Stanislaskis, de a rationa Ipoteza lui Damasio sustinutae numeroase ovezi e ca ratiunea se intemeiaza pe emotii si sentimente cu alte cuvinte ca nu exista o ratiune pura rupta e celelalte functii ale creierului si Art of Laurel and Hardy de corp Eroarea lui Descartes consta inistinctia arbitrara operata e filozoful francez intre min.

Damásio studied medicine at the University of Lisbon Medical School in Portugal where he also did his medical residency rotation and completed his doctorate Later he moved to the United States as a research fellow at the Aphasia Research Center in Boston His work there on behavioral neurology was done under the supervision of Norman GeschwindAs a researcher Dr Damásio's main interest is the