Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain ePub download
by Antonio Damasio
- ISBN: 0156028719
- ISBN13: 978-0156028714
- ePub: 1932 kb | FB2: 1454 kb
- Language: English
- Category: Medicine
- Publisher: Harvest; First edition (December 1, 2003)
- Pages: 368
- Rating: 4.1/5
- Votes: 624
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Damasio's new book on feeling and emotion offers unexpected grounds for optimism about our survival and the human condition. But not by Spinoza, and not by Antonio Damasio.
Damasio's new book on feeling and emotion offers unexpected grounds for optimism about our survival and the human condition. Looking for Spinoza rediscovers a thinker whose work prefigures modern neuroscience, not only in his emphasis on emotions and feelings, but in his refusal to separate mind and body.
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He shows how joy and sorrow are cornerstones of our survival
He shows how joy and sorrow are cornerstones of our survival. As he investigates the cerebral mechanisms behind emotions and feelings, Damasio argues that the internal regulatory processes not only preserve life within ourselves, but they create, motivate, and even shape our greatest cultural accomplishments. If Descartes declared a split between mind and body, Spinoza not only unified the two but intuitively understood the role of emotions in human survival and culture
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Yet, the neurobiological roots of joy and sorrow remained a mystery. Today, we spend countless resources doctoring our feelings with alcohol, prescription drugs, health clubs, therapy, vacation retreats, and other sorts of consumption; yet the inner workings of our minds-what feelings are, how they work, and what they mean-are still largely an unexplored frontier. Damasio has the rare talent of rendering science intelligible while also being gifted in philosophy, literature and wit.
Sorrow and joy: the ground bass of our feeling lives. Tragedy and comedy: the two fundamental outlooks upon the human condition
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Diversity, as we learn, is an age old issue that humans and animals subconsciously act on. With the ever changing developments in modern society, withdrawal or aggression towards others becomes obsolete. However, it is our primal instincts that act instead of our conscious-self. Looking for Spinoza not only covers diversity, but how humans react and feel based on the philosophies and theories of Bauch Spinoza.
Antonio Damasio made his name by explaining that our emotions are good for u. Looking for Spinoza may not quite have the punch of Descartes' Error
Antonio Damasio made his name by explaining that our emotions are good for us. You might think you would be better off without any emotions, like Mr Spock in the original Star Trek, deciding every issue by logic alone. But a decade ago Damasio's bestseller Descartes' Error showed that this would be a disaster. Damasio's new book has another 17th-century philosopher in the title, and is again concerned with the emotions. This time he wants to explain the relationship between emotions and feelings. Looking for Spinoza may not quite have the punch of Descartes' Error. But that was a hard act to follow, and this is a fine book all the same.
The last in a trilogy of books that investigates the philosophical and scientific foundations of human life
Joy, sorrow, jealousy, and awe—these and other feelings are the stuff of our daily lives. In the seventeenth century, the philosopher Spinoza devoted much of his life's work examining how these emotions supported human survival, yet hundreds of years later the biological roots of what we feel remain a mystery. Leading neuroscientist Antonio Damasio—whose earlier books explore rational behavior and the notion of the self—rediscovers a man whose work ran counter to all the thinking of his day, pairing Spinoza's insights with his own innovative scientific research to help us understand what we're made of, and what we're here for.