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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I believe in Monolism and the idea of feelings variably related to the homeostasis of the body makes great sense. It does cast a light on free will, or lack thereof, too.

Thought to be too private for science to explain and not essential for understanding cognition, they have largely been ignored. They seem to form a bridge between the sensory and motor systems. At any rate, that’s how I interpret Damasio’s thesis, and if I’ve misinterpreted it, a lack of clarity may be the reason.

Mar 04, Freddie Berg rated it it was amazing. The Cartesian thought-experiment of a disembodied mind is a contradiction in terms, since the mind only exists in conjunction with the body. As Darwin and Dawkins have discovered, when you start thinking about humankind in biological terms you will swiftly run into trouble with religion.

A mente perde o seu trono por instantes. Gevoel is een reflectie van de staat van het lichaam, emoties zijn complexen van gevoelens, het rationeel denken er over. For Spinoza, everything was body, nature, materiality. There is causal interplay between feelings dakasio their bodily expression, rather than a one-way dependence.


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

Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain Antonio Damasio uses neurological and physiological markers to delineate the process of emotions and feelings. However, found his sentence structuring elaborately wounded I had to read some sentences twice and repetitive. I would have liked to see a bit more speculation at the end of the book regarding possible implications of this idea. It took laborious effort to trudge through the concepts in the book.

The parallel thread in the book concerns the seventeenth century Dutch philosopher Spinoza. We do often cry because we are sad — even though the crying can work to augment the feeling. Damasio, Author, Damasio, Author. Based on laboratory investigations but moving beyond those to society and culture, “Looking for Spinoza” is a master work of science and writing. A great book to know about Spinoza and neuroscience. Perhaps, offering a metaphor of an unpleasant feeling being akin to a physical marker of pain e.

This is a well written book and at times almost lyrical especially the first chapters on Spinoza. Here, in a humane work of science, An animal’s main evolutionary objective is to be good at survival and reproduction. He ends by discussing spiritual feelings, which he relates to “the sense that the organism is functioning with the greatest possible perfection.


This book is, by turns, interesting and frustrating. Damasio tries to avoid such a simple minded approach and readily lists consciousness as one of the ingredients necessary to describe human behavior. No puede tampoco decirse que Spinoza haya sido una per Es un trabajo serio y por eso le doy 3.

The neuroscientist Antonio Damasio writes pleasant, elegant prose. Lists with This Book.

His system left no room for transcendence; his God was wholly immanent, in some sense synonymous with nature. Spinoza’s ideas were considered dangerous for political as well as religious reasons.

Before getting out his knife, the surgeon has to identify the brain areas that must not be removed because they do essential work controlling speech and vision, for instance. When Damasio writes about the neurology of the feeling brainit is easy to assemble the author’s love for his subject.

Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain

If you are convinced of the fact that using the terms “bad” and “human nature” in the same sentence is damasioo acceptable, you won’t like this too much.

As a researcher, Dr. 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.