Self Comes to Mind

Self Comes to Mind

Constructing the Conscious Brain

eBook - 2010
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A leading neuroscientist explores with authority, with imagination, and with unparalleled mastery how the brain constructs the mind and how the brain makes that mind conscious.

Antonio Damasio has spent the past thirty years researching and and revealing how the brain works. Here, in his most ambitious and stunning work yet, he rejects the long-standing idea that consciousness is somehow separate from the body, and presents compelling new scientific evidence that posits an evolutionary perspective. His view entails a radical change in the way the history of the conscious mind is viewed and told, suggesting that the brain's development of a human self is a challenge to nature's indifference. This development helps to open the way for the appearance of culture, perhaps one of our most defining characteristics as thinking and self-aware beings.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307379498
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 367 p.) : ill.


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Feb 21, 2015

This recent book by Dr. Antonio Damasio, M.D. and brain scientist, challenges with its depth of insights and its many implications.
Human brains are "built" or constructed not only from our individual experiences but also from a deep evolutionary past we share with other organisms.
Damasio is a clear, elegant writer who expects (reasonably) his readers to slow down when necessary since his vision of the brain (and the mind, including the core self, and the biographical self) is complex. Honest, he distinguishes what is factually established from his ideas, including his hypotheses and speculations. In a word, it's a fascinating and challenging book. I'm glad I spent the time.

May 28, 2014

This is an excellent contemporary treatise of how consciousness emerges from our neural body system, written from a functional/evolutionary standpoint. A comprehensive, readable book without the usual fluff or pseudo science this topic seems to attract.

Damasio defines consciousness as an integrated blend of wakefulness, mind, and self - then goes on to explore each component of this triad in some detail.

srmechs Jun 26, 2013

If you are interested in how your brain works and/or the evolution of consciousness, this is a wonderful book. The beginnings of life, more than 4 billion years ago, were one celled creatures capable of reproduction and some movements. They had no brains but the ones that survived had an urge to do so and met the challenges of their world with skills that look to us like intelligence and yet was only a precursor to intelligence.. It’s a long tail to follow, but I’m now on my third reading still captivated by the intricacy and beauty of the natural world as we find out more about it.

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