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All figures, diagrams and drawings are by Hanna Damasio except for the portrait on page Her drawings in Chapters 1, 5 and 6 depict Spinoza’s house on. By ANTONIO DAMASIO FEB. . Spinoza saw drives, motivations, emotions, and feelings-an For the past few years I have been looking for Spinoza, sometimes in books, sometimes in places, and that is why I am here today. Looking for Spinoza has ratings and reviews. Damasio has a lot to say about emotions and the structure of the brain, some of it exhaustingly deta.

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Em forma de riso e choro, chamamento, abandono. Unfortunately, for a man whose major life events consisted of excommunication, writing philosophy and grinding lenses until he died, there is Looking for Spinoza is essentially two books wishing it could be one.

The James-Lange theory fails because it ignores what philosophers call the intentionality of emotion — that is, what emotions are about, their representational content, which are generally things outside the body. His current work involves the social emotions, decision neuroscience and creativity.

I feel therefore I am

Though perhaps they became able to suppress spjnoza at a later stage. I believe in Monolism and the idea of feelings variably related to the homeostasis of the b I liked this book but found some parts weary to read.

Also he is often unclear as to whether the processes he describes are operating at a conscious or unconscious level. A new treatment for Parkinson’s disease involves implanting tiny electrodes in the patient’s brain-stem. His book, Descartes’ Error: In fact, lookong theory is a standard chestnut of psychology textbooks, a staple of old-style behaviorist psychology, with its emphasis on outer behavior at the expense of inner feeling.


There is an ancient philosophical tradition that associates feeling with the body and reasoning with the mind. In animals with a developed cerebral cortex, like humans, emotions work partly through cognition. Damasio is a prominent researcher in the field of neurology and has written a series of books describing the achievements in his field to the lay public. Under normal conditions, she would see it as a regular kind of horse.

Sep 18, Mariana Ferreira rated it really liked it Shelves: Nonetheless, a difficult but worthwhile read. I have many paragraphs in this book where I had to write ‘by finding more complicated neural pathways? The neuroscientist Antonio Damasio writes pleasant, elegant prose.

Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain by António R. Damásio

Damasio not only explains well the neuroscience of the brain but also the philosophy of Dajasio. His work there on behavioral neurology was done under the supervision of Norman Geschwind. But who is to say which stimuli are artificial and which are natural?

As Darwin and Dawkins have discovered, when you start thinking about humankind in biological terms you will swiftly run into trouble with religion. But when the relevant segment of the supplementary motor area of the left frontal lobe was stimulated, she would consider it the most hilarious equine on God’s earth.

Temperamentally he was reclusive, yet congenial with others in his limited social sphere. Paperbackpages.

What are the first two books in the trilogy? Aug 18, Fred Melden rated it liked it.

Many interesting and fascinating details of his life and work are presented, but Damasio again tries to shoehorn these ideas into his own overblown model of brain function. This appraisal takes the form of a complex array of physiological reactions e.


LOOKING FOR SPINOZA: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain

The less theoretical and more personally appealing part of the book is Damasio’s personal quest to trace out the life of Spinoza, whose philosophy, Damasio believes, anticipates many of his own findings and conclusions. But not by Spinoza, and looiing by Antonio Damasio.

The universe is one glorious or morbid whole, a stone, light waves, a hydrogen atom, smoke from the fireplace, a human being all equally reflecting that immutable admasio.

In “Descartes’ Error” he explored the importance of emotion in rational behavior, and in “The Feeling of What Happens” he developed the neurobiology of the self.

Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain – Antonio R. Damasio – Google Books

Antonio Damasio successfully connects the most recent discoveries of neuroscience with the conclusions Spinoza reached in his study, almost years ago. Spinoza’s quest lookking to develop an ethical system that was both cognisant of the force of biology and true to what we would now call the “enlightenment” principles of liberty and justice.

The book lays out clearly the difference between emotions and feelings, till i read this book they were synonymous. I love Damasio’s drive to fit his scientific work into a philosophical overview, which is both theoretical and personal. Fog a child putting a hand in a flame.