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A groundbreaking new book from one of the world's leading neuroscientists.

*Self Comes to Mind is an effort to answer two questions that have haunted philosophers, neurologists, cognitive scientists and psychologists for centuries: how do brains construct minds, and how do minds become conscious?

*Damasio’s approach to these issues encompasses the three traditional perspectives of neurobiology: the personal perspective on the individual conscious mind, the behavioral perspective, and the brain perspective. As much information as these three perspectives afford, there are significant gaps in our efforts to present a coherent and cohesive portrait of brain, mind, and behavior. In this book, Damasio adds a fourth perspective, one that requires a radical change in the way the history of conscious minds is viewed and told—that of evolution.

*This perspective allows Damasio to trace the incremental modification of nervous systems and link it to the incremental emergence of behavior, mind and self; it allows him to identify mental events with certain kinds of brain events and most dramatically, allows him to construct a view from below, literally the view of a brain caught in the state of containing a conscious mind. This framework will reveal how our minds work—often without knowing or even controlling what we do—and allow us to glimpse the root of our fondest constructs: self, identity, personhood, and self-image.

Reviews

The marvel of reading Damasio's book is to be convinced one can follow the brain at work as it makes the private reality that is the deepest self.

V. S. Naipaul

Damasio makes a grand transition from higher-brain views of emotions to deeply evolutionary, lower-brain contributions to emotional, sensory and homeostatic experiences. He affirms that the roots of consciousness are affective and shared by our fellow animals. Damasio's creative vision leads relentlessly toward a natural understanding of the very font of being.

Jaak Panksepp, author of Affective Neuroscience

I was totally captivated by Self Comes to Mind.In this work Antonio Damasio presents his seminal discoveries in the field of neuroscience in the broader contexts of evolutionary biology and cultural development.This trailblazing book gives us a new way of thinking about ourselves, our history, and the importance of culture in shaping our common future.

Yo-Yo Ma, musician

The epicenter of Self Comes to Mind concerns the neurological basis for cognition and the issue of the superposition of a "self' onto the construct which we address as reality. Damasio is both eloquent and scholarly. His command of the themes he approaches is impressive, as is the vigor with which he tackles such recondite issues as the elusive "self," inside the head. A wonderful read, and a recommended one!

Rodolfo R. Llinás, New York University

In this astonishing work, Antonio Damasio puts his years of investigation into the processes of the brain to open the impenetrable mysteries of self and mind, where all the contradictions of human experience unite in the ultimate unknown, consciousness.

Peter Brook, theater and film director and author of The Empty Space and Threads of Time.

Self Comes to Mind is often an exhilarating read. Not unlike Carl Sagan, Damasio is clearly excited by the findings he describes, and the thrill of discovery shines through his fine, clear prose.

Tom Jacobs

I was totally captivated by Self Comes to Mind.In this work Antonio Damasio presents his seminal discoveries in the field of neuroscience in the broader contexts of evolutionary biology and cultural development.This trailblazing book gives us a new way of thinking about ourselves, our history, and the importance of culture in shaping our common future

Yo-Yo Ma, Musician

'Awareness may be mostly mystery, but Damasio shapes its hints and glimmerings into an imaginative, informed narrative.'

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  • Paperback

    9780099498025

    April 1, 2012

    Vintage

    384 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook

    9781446493854

    January 5, 2012

    Cornerstone Digital

    384 pages

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