LOOKING FOR SPINOZA: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain. Antonio R. Damasio, Author, Damasio, Author. Harcourt $28 (p) ISBN By ANTONIO DAMASIO FEB. . For the past few years I have been looking for Spinoza, sometimes in books, sometimes in places, and that is. I found the book “Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain” by Antonio Damasio an interesting look at the relationship between emotions, feelings.

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The Strange Order of Things: He is also in the editorial board of many important journals in the field. Dec 22, Andrea rated it liked it. What do damasioo who do not turn to religion or earthly possessions turn to find meaning?

Again and again in this book’s account of how emotions, “played out in the theatre of the body”, precede the work of the mind, I was reminded of the first work of one of my heroes: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Damasio has a lot to say about emotions and the structure of the brain, some of it exhaustingly deta Inspired by Descartes’ Errorand interested in a neurologist’s interest in philosophers, I sought out Looking for Spinoza. Our feelings provide us information in order to best manage our lives.

Many interesting and xntonio details of his life and work are presented, but Damasio again tries to shoehorn these ideas into his own overblown model of brain function. El sentimiento es lo que realmente cuenta. Mar 04, Freddie Berg rated it it was amazing.

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

Damasio begins to shift our understanding of emotions following feelings, to “feelings [as] mostly shadows of the external manner of emotions” p. A foundational book on understanding the mind. The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life. Philosophers and historians of ideas will complain about the crudity of Damasio’s broad-brush account of such complex texts as Spinoza’s Ethics and Tractatus Politicus Religiosus.


The associations of emotions ,feelings with the neural mapping of body states was interesting to read but I did not really grasp everything under that and spnoza with Emotions vs reflexes, Feelings vs background emotions.

His research has helped to elucidate the neural basis for the emotions and has damaiso that emotions play a central role in social cognition and decision-making. Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain. Self Comes to Mind: Often times, he prefaces his theories with a warning stating that his ideas are not based on rigorous scientific scrutiny.

I loved this book. His work there on behavioral neurology was done under the supervision of Norman Geschwind. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Constructing the Conscious Brain. His system left no room for transcendence; his God was wholly immanent, in some sense synonymous with nature.

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Perhaps, offering a metaphor of an unpleasant feeling being akin to a physical marker of pain e. Although he suggests that Spinoza foreshadowed current research findings, Spinoza’s musings on these issues, however prescient, can’t be much more than lucky guesses about what neuroscience now knows.

A mente perde o seu trono por instantes. View Full Version of PW. Quotes from Looking for Spino But feelings, according to Damasio, are our conscious perceptions of our bodily states as we sspinoza having emotions. I wish Damasio had been clearer in this book about his distinction between emotions and feelings. I feel compelled to also xntonio Damasio’s final chapter where he seemingly attempts to offer a solution for those struggling to find meaning in the tragic human lloking.

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I think religion offers an easy explanation to a complex question that many fear to even ask. Aug 18, Fred Melden rated it liked it. Read more Read less. Damasio lays out an interesting overview for a lay reader of how the brain operates as a self regulatory system, connecting this self-regulation to emotions and feelings.


Similar ideas are put forth in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies CBT that attempt to separate and understand how thoughts can lead to emotions. Two centuries before Darwinian evolution and the work of Ernst Haeckel, father of scientific ecology, Spinoza proposed that the starting-point for our thinking about the nature of humankind should be physiology and the process of life-regulation.

For Spinoza, everything was body, nature, materiality.

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

And it is quite clear that an emotion can shape the course of a person’s actions over time, as when someone stays in bed all day because he feels depressed. Ultimately, Demasio attempts to biologically distinguish between emotions and feelings pleasure and pain as well as describe their innate evolutionary functionality to man. But anybody prepared to cross disciplinary boundaries in their inquiry into what it means to be human should take serious notice: No one really denies the trouble that happens with the appearance of that ultimate organizer, consciousness.

In the seventeenth century, the philosopher Spinoza devoted much of his life’s work examining how these emotions supported human survival, yet hundreds of years later the biological roots of what we feel remain a mystery. In fact, the neural interactions became so complex that the ultimate organizer was evolutionarily advantageous-consciousness.

This client may have a natural fof reaction of fear to certain environments or stimulus that are similar to the one where the trauma was initiated. Of In Looking for Spinoza: For example, if the brain is built up from emotions to feelings to rational logic, and just as feelings are a more complicated e Not an easy book to go through.