28 Nov Antonio Damasio, prestigioso médico neurólogo, analiza en “El error de Descartes” la importancia de las emociones en la neurociencia y sus. A este propósito, hay que señalar que el Error de Descartes, publicado por Hanna Damasio, Saver entre otros, que hicieron posible que Antonio R. Damasio. Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain is a book by neurologist António Damásio, in part a treatment of the mind/body dualism question.

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Recently Sam Kean’s “Dueling Neurosurgeons” pushed me hard enough. Dec 20, Michelle Marvin rated it it was amazing.


Diseases of the brain are wrro as tragedies visited on people who cannot be blamed for their condition, while diseases of the mind, especially those that affect conduct and emotion, are seen as social inconveniences for which sufferers have much to answer. Want to Read saving…. Much of the first part was familiar territory, as other authors have since quoted Damasio and cited his work extensively. Individuals are to be blamed for their character flaws, defective emotional modulation, and so on; lack of willpower is supposed to be the primary problem.

My favorite part is Damasio’s discussion of how one’s emotional life plays an important part in rational thinking, by recalling bodily feelings which give a coloration to this line of reasoning or that.

He might have made some mistakes, and maybe some of the findings are disproved by newer findings, but the core views anonio the book are revolutionary. They do not sense those stimuli which have an emotional content. I teach affective and developmental psychology.

The Somatic-Marker Hypothesis When we consider a situation, we instantly remember sketchy memories and filter out the undesirable options, while paying more attention to the options with positive rewards. Self-help books it makes a substantive argument for why they are important, indeed inextricably linked to human decision making.


And, significantly, all standard tests, of the time, did not show an organic abtonio I need to make more sense of the introduction. He is also anyonio the editorial board of many important journals in the field. I’ll be honest, I’m shocked that I liked this book as much as I did!

My analogy would be that emotions are like the sound box of a guitar, which gives timber and resonance to the vibration of the strings. John Dewey quotes George Santayana as talking about the “hushed reverberations” which give richness to life. Essentially, he explains that suffering has an emotional component. Do you really want to delete this prezi? We are hopelessly late for consciousness” The book starts with neuroscience’s cause celebre – a man whose head was pierced by a metal stake that passed through his neck and out of ramasio top of his head.

Emotions are not “irrational”, they are not an enemy, they are an essential deacartes of our intelligence and an important marker for setting goals and making decisions.

Where others fail by skirting the issues of how neural structures and organization can lead to self consciousness and the link between mind and body, Demasio succeeds. Trivia About Descartes’ Error Having read that book first, Camasio approached “Descartes’ Error” with an antagonistic stance, ready to fight Damasio, a neurologist, uses the case to explore the relationship between emotions and the neurological structure of the brain.

I’ve read a number of others who attempt to explain away a lot of the mysteries of the brain by big-level theories, but Demasio turns out to build one of the more compelling set of explanations based mostly on evidence from his years of research in dissociation studies in neurology.

Because we are learning everything we know, it is so deeply ingrained in us, that even when we actively try to be objective and to sort of turn off our cultural bias, it is impossible. Send the link below via email or Admasio. I suspect that the meat of the book is embedded in the intro. Sure, that may seem self-evident, but the argument and the studies that back it up are amazing.


Definitely a terrific text. And overflowing with long winding research? Dec 07, Julian rated it did not like it. The book starts out very readable which is uncharacteristic of Damasiothen about half way through the book becomes nearly unreadable which is typical of Damasio. Dual signals, one from the special sensor eg earanother from the skin near the signal. Not only is much of what we know and do culturally learned, but descares we learn is even marked in our brain to help us make quick decisions!

Also, I love that he opened with Phineas Gage and his use of case studies is very helpful. That is really nit-picky, though. The older I get, the more I respect writers who do.

In grad school, I learned that my advisor’s wife herself a neuroscientist of some renown had a very poor opinion of Damasio’s work. I’m a little puzzled dedcartes to why he looks forward to a time when ‘we’ will understand such a thing as aesthetic response. View all 8 comments.

The cutting edge of neuroscience as applied to philosophy. I find this idea fascinating!

Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain

Constrain to simple back and damaxio steps. He was explaining that this is one of the biggest challenges of anthropology. Damasio is a brilliant writer, and there is a lot of thought put into that particular assessment of causal relationships.