28 Nov Antonio Damasio, prestigioso médico neurólogo, analiza en “El error de Descartes” la importancia de las emociones en la neurociencia y sus. A este propósito, hay que señalar que el Error de Descartes, publicado por Hanna Damasio, Saver entre otros, que hicieron posible que Antonio R. Damasio. Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain is a book by neurologist António Damásio, in part a treatment of the mind/body dualism question.

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This book was published in ’94, but it seems that many more current books are referencing it and now I’m really curious to find out if these ideas have been tested more or what other ideas descartrs are out there. Great for those with a non-science background as well.

Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain 3. Errl 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. This book convinced me they are, at least as we implement them, inseparable.

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The rest of the book took a considerable effort antohio finish,as to understand a great deal of it requires one to read then re-read a sentence,then deliberate on it until its meaning becomes apparent in your own linguistic terms. Add a personal note: Dec 07, Julian rated it did not like it. More accessible if you’re well-versed with brain anatomy.

We feel we know. Emotions and Feelings Primary Emotions: I would suggest skipping whatever seems boring or overly technical without guilt, and focusing on the amazing case studies and anecdotes. Also need ‘third-party ensemble’ to receive disp. I attribute this OMG Damasio is a hand full.

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The fact that he survived is astonishing, and is where many neuroscientists in the past have stopped, having proven some point dsecartes another about neuroanatomical structure.

We are hopelessly late for consciousness” I am not sure, for one, that we are much further than Plato in beginning to understand aesthetics so finding even neural correlates damaeio ‘aesthetic states’ seems conceptually doomed; more importantly it feeds desfartes the current neuromanic slop that assumes with the intellectual grasp of a five year old that a mood state, a feeling, something like an aesthetic adjective are simple labels to ‘things’ that exist with the solidity of a stone.


View all 5 comments. One error he made was that he did not take his logical analysis 1 step further.


Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in gaining a serious understanding of human consciousness. My analogy would be that emotions are like antonii sound box of a guitar, which gives timber and resonance to the vibration of the strings. In either case, we react to the memory and reject the undesirable outcome. Paperbackpages. I love reading psychology, but too much research bogs me down.


Antonio Damasio has written a fascinating book, taking as his point of departure a nineteenth century case of a man named Gage who had an iron spike neatly blown through his brain in a mining accident.

See all 3 questions about Descartes’ Error…. Without touch we have no awareness, and without awareness we have no thought. Atnonio after reading this hypothesis, it makes me think of that again.

Jan 07, Corey rated it really liked it Shelves: Nov 02, Jeremy Lent rated it it was amazing. It is a shame that an otherwise reductionist and objective though strangely vitalist tone comes to dominate his later work, but that’s for another review.

Justin Yes and no. The first one hundred pages read like a dream and I mistakenly thought that the author had saved his verbose and prolix style for his later works,but then I found I had been lulled into a false sense of security,by which time I was in too deep.

To ask other readers questions about Descartes’ Errorplease sign up. I suspect that the meat of the book is embedded in the intro. Recommended for everyone, who was poisoned by the “enlightened” view, that ratio is inherently superior to emo I would say, it is a must read for anyone, who wants to understand emotions.

Oct 18, Rob rated it it was amazing Shelves: Because we are learning everything we know, it is so deeply ingrained in us, that even when we actively try to be objective and to sort of turn off our cultural bias, it is impossible. 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, something difficult to measure and control.

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Mind and body are integrally connected, I’ll be honest, I’m shocked that I liked this book as much as I did! And overflowing with long winding research?

Having read and become involved with his later books, I have gone to the first in a series which explains the difference between emotion and feeling, which makes the mind and body one again, and which profoundly disturbs the comfortable idea of any but conventional separation of ‘reason’ and the passions. The cutting edge of neuroscience as applied to philosophy.

I was just finishing up chapter 8, the somatic-marker hypothesis. View all 9 comments. From an evolutionary perspective, the oldest decision-making device pertains to basic biological regulation; the next, to the personal and social realm; and the most recent, to a collection of abstract-symbolic operations under which we can find artistic and scientific reasoning, utilitarian-engineering reasoning, and the developments of language and mathematics.

I wasn’t well-versed with brain a Damasio takes on Descartes: Having grappled with how the two can complement each other for most of my life, I’m digging it. His df is simple: Damasio’s answer is to propose a model of thought that gives the emotions a key part in cognitive processes, and demanding that the Dualism so popular in science that follows Descartes is consigned to the history books. The text really is about the science, and it is only towards the end that Damasio really begins to address the philosophical assessment, at all.

I grew up, as 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. Please log in to add your comment.

Delete comment or cancel. Damasio’s book is terrific, and works both as an introduction and a good guide for those studying neuroscience and cognitive science. He does a nice job of summarizing his theses in the introduction: Not a great popsci book, not a great introduction to neurobiology?

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