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Descartes' Error

Antonio Damasio


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PUBLISHED: 15th April 2006
ISBN: 9780099501640
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In the centuries since Descartes famously proclaimed, 'I think, therefore I am,' science has often overlooked emotions as the source of a person's true being.
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  • Paperback
    $23.12
PUBLISHED: 15th April 2006
ISBN: 9780099501640
ANNOTATION:
In the centuries since Descartes famously proclaimed, 'I think, therefore I am,' science has often overlooked emotions as the source of a person's true being.

Annotation

In the centuries since Descartes famously proclaimed, 'I think, therefore I am,' science has often overlooked emotions as the source of a person's true being.

Publisher Description

In the centuries since Descartes famously proclaimed, 'I think, therefore I am,' science has often overlooked emotions as the source of a person's true being. Even modern neuroscience has tended until recently to concentrate on the cognitive aspects of brain function, disregarding emotions. This attitude began to change with the publication of DESCARTES' ERROR. Antonio Damasio challenged traditional ideas about the connection between emotions and rationality. In this wonderfully engaging book, Damasio takes the reader on a journey of scientific discovery through a series of case studies, demonstrating what many of us have long suspected- emotions are not a luxury, they are essential to rational thinking and to normal social behaviour.

Author Biography

Antonio Damasio is Van Allen Professor of Neurology and head of the department of neurology at The University of Iowa College of Medicine. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Review

"A thought-provoking account" New Scientist "Rich in provocative concepts about intelligence, memory, creativity and passion" Los Angeles Times "idiosyncratic and engaging" The Times "Damasio is a profound thinker and an elegant writer...Descartes' Error is a fascinating exploration of the biology of reason and its inseparable dependence on emotion" -- Oliver Sacks "Crucial reading" New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

Author
Antonio Damasio
Pages
352
Year
2006
ISBN-10
0099501643
ISBN-13
9780099501640
Format
Paperback
Subtitle
Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
Illustrations
Media
Book
Short Title
DESCARTES ERROR
Language
English
Publication Date
2006-04-15
Publisher
Vintage Publishing