Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain

Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain

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by Antonio Damasio
     
 

ISBN-10: 0307378756

ISBN-13: 9780307378750

Pub. Date: 11/09/2010

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

One of the most important and original neuroscientists at work today tackles a question that has confounded neurologists, philosophers, cognitive scientists, and psychologists for centuries: how consciousness is created.
 
Antonio Damasio has spent the past thirty years studying and writing about how the brain operates, and his work

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One of the most important and original neuroscientists at work today tackles a question that has confounded neurologists, philosophers, cognitive scientists, and psychologists for centuries: how consciousness is created.
 
Antonio Damasio has spent the past thirty years studying and writing about how the brain operates, and his work has garnered acclaim for its singular melding of the scientific and the humanistic. In this revelatory work, he debunks the long-standing idea that consciousness is somehow separate from the body, presenting astounding new scientific evidence that consciousness—what we think of as “self”—is in fact a biological process created by the brain. Besides the three traditional perspectives used to study the mind (the personal, the behavioral, and the neurological), Damasio introduces the evolutionary perspective, which entails a radical change in the way the history of conscious minds is viewed and told.
 
Self Comes to Mind is a groundbreaking investigation of consciousness as a dynamic, unpredictable faculty that is instrumental in defining and explaining who we understand ourselves to be.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307378750
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

PART I STARTING OVER

1 Awakening 3

Goals and Reasons

Approaching the Problem

The Self as Witness

Overcoming a Misleading Intuition

An Integrated Perspective

The Framework

A Preview of Main Ideas

Life and the Conscious Mind

2 From Life Regulation to Biological Value 31

The Implausibility of Reality

Natural Will

Staying Alive

The Origins of Homeostasis

Cells, Multicellular Organisms, and Engineered Machines

Biological Value

Biological Value in Whole Organisms

The Success of Our Early Forerunners

Developing Incentives

Connecting Homeostasis, Value, and Consciousness

PART II WHAT'S IN A BRAIN THAT A MIND CAN BE?

3 Making Maps and Making Images 63

Maps and Images

Cutting Below the Surface

Maps and Minds

The Neurology of Mind

The Beginnings of Mind

Closer to the Making of Mind?

4 The Body in Mind 89

The Topic of the Mind

Body Mapping

From Body to Brain

Representing Quantities and Constructing Qualities

Primordial Feelings

Mapping Body States and Simulating Body States

The Source of an Idea

The Body-Minded Brain

5 Emotions and Feelings 108

Situating Emotion and Feeling

Defining Emotion and Feeling

Triggering and Executing Emotions

The Strange Case of William James

Feelings of Emotion

How Do We Feel an Emotion?

The Timing of Emotions and Feelings

The Varieties of Emotion

Up and Down the Emotional Range

An Aside on Admiration and Compassion

6 An Architecture for Memory 130

Somehow, Somewhere

The Nature of Memory Records

Dispositions Came First, Maps Followed

Memory at Work

A Brief Aside on Kinds of Memory

A Possible Solution to the Problem

More on Convergence-Divergence Zones

The Model at Work

The How and Where of Perception and Recall

PART III BEING CONSCIOUS

7 Consciousness Observed 157

Defining Consciousness

Breaking Consciousness Apart

Removing the Self and Keeping a Mind

Completing a Working Definition

Kinds of Consciousness

Human and Nonhuman Consciousness

What Consciousness is Not

The Freudian Unconscious

8 Building a Conscious Mind 180

A Working Hypothesis

Approaching the Conscious Brain

Previewing the Conscious Mind

The Ingredients of a Conscious Mind

The Protoself

Constructing the Core Self

The Core Self State

Touring the Brain as It Constructs a Conscious Mind

9 The Autobiographical Self 210

Memory Made Conscious

Constructing the Autobiographical Self

The Issue of Coordination

The Coordinators

A Possible Role for the Posteromedial Cortices

The PMCs at Work

Other Considerations on the Posteromedial Cortices

A Closing Note on the Pathologies of Consciousness

10 Putting It Together 241

By Way of Summary

The Neurology of Consciousness

The Anatomical Bottleneck Behind the Conscious Mind

From the Ensemble Work of Large Anatomical Divisions to the Work of Neurons

When We Feel Our Perceptions

Qualia I

Qualia II

Qualia and Self

Unfinished Business

PART IV LONG AFTER CONSCIOUSNESS

11 Living with Consciousness 267

Why Consciousness Prevailed

Self and the Issue of Control

An Aside on the Unconscious

A Note on the Genomic Unconscious

The Feeling of Conscious Will

Educating the Cognitive Unconscious

Brain and Justice

Nature and Culture

Self Comes to Mind

The Consequences of a Reflective Self

Appendix 299

Notes 319

Acknowledgments 343

Index 345

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justinhoughton_ More than 1 year ago
Damasio's passion for understanding the self is seen within the first few sentences of the text. If your looking for a book that doesn't beat around the bush and gets straight to the point. This is it.
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