October 29, 2021

Antonio Damasio

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.


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.

About Author(s)

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’ ErrorThe Feeling of What HappensLooking for SpinozaSelf Comes to MindThe Strange Order of Things, and Feeling & Knowing, all of which have been published in translation and are taught in universities throughout the world.