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Virtual Event: Antonio Damasio

presenting

Feeling & Knowing:
Making Minds Conscious

Date

Oct
29
Friday
October 29, 2021
6:00 PM ET

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Harvard Book Store, the Harvard University Division of Science, and the Harvard Library welcome ANTONIO DAMASIO—Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California and author of The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures—for a discussion of his latest book, Feeling & Knowing: Making Minds Conscious.

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About Feeling & Knowing

In recent decades, many philosophers and cognitive scientists have declared the problem of consciousness unsolvable, but Antonio Damasio is convinced that recent findings across multiple scientific disciplines have given us  a way to understand consciousness and its significance for human life.

In the forty-eight brief chapters of Feeling & Knowing, and in writing that remains faithful to our intuitive sense of what feeling and experiencing are about, Damasio helps us understand why being conscious is not the same as sensing, why nervous systems are essential for the development of feelings, and why feeling opens the way to consciousness writ large. He combines the latest discoveries in various sciences with philosophy and discusses his original research, which has transformed our understanding of the brain and human behavior.

Here is an indispensable guide to understanding how we experience the world within and around us and find our place in the universe.

Praise for Feeling & Knowing

“Damasio writes lucid prose clearly addressed to a popular audience. Even better, the book is concise and helpfully divided into dozens of short chapters, many only one or two pages. Make no mistake, however; Damasio is a deep thinker familiar with multiple disciplines, and this is as much a work of philosophy as hard science. Readers familiar with college level psychology and neuroscience will discover rewarding insights.” —Kirkus Reviews

Antonio Damasio
Antonio Damasio

Antonio Damasio

Antonio Damasio is University Professor, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Philosophy, and director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Awards he has received include the Prince of Asturias Prize in Science and Technology, the Grawemeyer Award, the Honda Prize, and the Pessoa and Signoret prizes. He is the author of Descartes’ Error, The Feeling of What Happens, Looking for Spinoza, Self Comes to Mind, The Strange Order of Things, and Feeling & Knowing, all of which have been published in translation and are taught in universities throughout the world.

Photo Credit: Jean-Baptiste Huynh

 

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