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Feeling & Knowing

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Feeling & Knowing by Antonio Damasio
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Nov 08, 2022 | ISBN 9780525563075

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“Here the master scientist unites with the silken prose-stylist to produce one thrilling insight after another . . . Damasio has succeeded brilliantly in narrowing the gap between body and mind.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Damasio’s concise, precise, and lucid prose effectively convey the core insight he has distilled over decades (2): that affect—encompassing, emotions, feelings, motivations, and moods—is central to understanding what we do, how we think, and who we are.”

“Damasio writes lucid prose clearly addressed to a popular audience. Even better, the book is concise and helpfully divided into dozens of short chapters, many only one or two pages. Make no mistake, however; Damasio is a deep thinker familiar with multiple disciplines, and this is as much a work of philosophy as hard science. Readers familiar with college level psychology and neuroscience will discover rewarding insights.”
Kirkus Reviews

“So much of what novelists and poets write about touches on the centrality of feeling, especially on the polar opposites of feeling joy or suffering. I think great books, and movies too, touch on humanity so deeply. Their topics are the ones I chose for my research.”
The Boston Globe
“There is something seductive about the succinct, almost literary, chapters and Damasio’s unabashed wonder at and reverence for the concept of consciousness—although he believes it can be explained using the disciplines known to us, he is no less in awe of its mechanisms. It is clear, for example, that Damasio holds in reverence the fact that our bodies can both experience feelings and modify those feelings within the same vessel. And often, this awe shines through in charming, allusive, whimsical sentences.”

Table Of Contents

Before We Begin . . . 1

I. On Being . . . 11
In the Beginning Was Not the Word · The Purpose of Life · The Embarrassment of Viruses · Brains and Bodies · Nervous Systems as Afterthoughts of Nature · On Being, Feeling, and Knowing · A Calendar of Life
II. About Minds and the New Art of Representation . . . 33
Intelligence, Minds, and Consciousness · Sensing Is Not the Same as Being Conscious and Does Not Require a Mind · The Contents of Minds · Unminded Intelligence · The Making of Mental Imagery · Turning Neural Activity into Movement and Mind · Fabricating Minds · The Minds of Plants and the Wisdom of Prince Charles · Algorithms in the Kitchen

III. On Feelings . . . 69
The Beginnings of Feeling: Setting the Stage · Affect · Biological Efficiency and the Origin of Feelings · Grounding Feelings I · Grounding Feelings II · Grounding Feelings III · Grounding Feelings IV · Grounding Feelings V · Grounding Feelings VI · Grounding Feelings VII · Homeostatic Feelings in a Sociocultural Setting · But This Feeling Isn’t Purely Mental

IV. On Consciousness and Knowing . . . 111
Why Consciousness? Why Now? · Natural Consciousness · The Problem of Consciousness · What Is Consciousness For? · Mind and Consciousness Are Not Synonymous · Being Conscious Is Not the Same as Being Awake · Consciousness (De)Constructed · Extended Consciousness · With Ease, and You Beside · The Real Wonder of Feelings · The Priority of the World Within · A Gathering of Knowledge · Integration Is Not the Source of Consciousness · Consciousness and Attention · The Substrate Counts · Loss of Consciousness · The Cerebral Cortices and the Brain Stem in the Making of Consciousness · Feeling Machines and Conscious Machines

V. In All Fairness: An Epilogue . . . 185
Notes and References . . . 195
Other Readings . . . 215
Acknowledgments . . . 217
Index . . . 221

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