In this wondrously lucid and engaging book, renowned neurologist Antonio Damasio demonstrates what many of us have long suspected: emotions are not a luxury, they are essential to rational thinking.Descartes' Error takes the reader on an enthralling ...
nthralling journey of scientific discovery, starting with the case of Phineas Gage--a construction foreman who in 1848 survived a freak accident in which a 3 1/2 foot iron rod passed through his head--and continuing on to Damasio's experiences with modern-day neurological patients affected by brain damage. Far from interfering with rationality, his research shows us, the absence of emotion and feeling can break down rationality and make wise decision making almost impossible.
Antonio Damasio, a neurologist and neuroscientist, is at the University of Southern California, where he directs a new brain research institute dedicated to the study of emotion and creativity. He is also an adjunct professor at the Salk Institute. The recipient of numerous awards (several shared with his wife Hanna Damasio, also a neurologist and neuroscientist), 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. He is the author of two other widely acclaimed books, The Felling of What Happens and Looking for Spinoza.
The ideas in this book lead to many more thoughts about how the human mind works and so we had quite some discussions while reading it. Even though it is about brain science, the author has really succeedded in making his scientific work clear to aThe ideas in this book lead to many more thoughts about how the human mind works and so we had quite some discussions while reading it. Even though it is about brain science, the author has really succeedded in making his scientific work clear to a general public. After reading this book you will have an all different view on what goes on up there in your head....Continua Nascondi