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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Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain by António R. Damásio

Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain, was published in Algunas de las cosas que dice el libro: However, there are far too many condescending logical looklng for me to stomach. I have a hunch that he would have considered Damasio’s findings a cause for joy, not despair. Much of the time the researcher and the philosopher are just two different stories. It makes good evolutionary sense.

The errors of the theory are chiefly those of exaggeration. Account Options Sign in. Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness. However, on a more psychodynamic note, it makes me think about how personality becomes engrained, especially in the case of individuals with personality disorders.

This appraisal takes the form of a complex array of physiological reactions e. Fortunately for Antojio, he lived in Holland, which at the time featured the least intolerant variety of Christianity. This book is, by turns, interesting and frustrating. My bodily sensations are directed to my body and my emotion is directed to my son.

References to this book Cognition and Emotion: The book has a lot of technical information and relational connections between the machinery of the brain and the mind. Damasio’s particular expertise is in the area of brain injury: For Spinoza, everything was body, nature, materiality.


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Damasio, Author, Damasio, Author. Neuroscience-wise, there were new things for me and but especially the latter part of the book, the semi-biographical account of Spinoza was completely unknown to me beforehand.

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Nunca pensei que fosse explicar os sentimentos assim! Damasio not only explains well the neuroscience of the brain but also the philosophy of Spinoza. Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain. But who is to say which stimuli are artificial and which are natural? Damasio then utilizes other pioneers in the sciences such as Charles Darwin and begins to make his case for an evolutionary base for lookng development of emotions as well as the differentiation between emotions and feelings.

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It resurfaced with the romantic worship of nature – Coleridge was a passionate Spinozist – and remained a force to be reckoned with in the damasik of both Freud spionza Einstein. I can overlook these because I think the author’s use of language is imprecise. Los seres humanos poseen varios miles de millones de neuronas y varios billones de conexiones. Our feelings provide us information in order to best manage our lives.

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Damasio’s books offer deep insight into our emotions and feelings and defines them in a unique way by tracing their evolution in the body and the brain. Case after case analysed by Damasio in both Descartes’ Error and his next book, The Feeling of What Happens, has confirmed him in the view that things traditionally kept apart by philosophers such as rational decision-making and emotional mood actually happen kooking in the brain and, further, that the brain functions by mapping the body.


What is good about Damasio’s writing, especially in the earlier books, is that he do The neuroscientist Antonio Damasio writes pleasant, elegant prose.

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

What we do with the information our feelings provide is up to us. As far as the two chapters on Spinoza are concerned, they may be the most interesting part of the book in spite of their brevity.

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The book reveals a lot about the Jewish community’s practices and political position in 17th-century Amsterdam. PowerTim Dalgleish No preview available – Start reading Looking for Spinoza: It also seems that he picked up only part of the solution from Spinoza.

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

View all 3 comments. The bodily sensation of pain teaches the brain about danger. What do we learn about the nature of consciousness from, say, amnesiacs who antonlo all their core biological functions but have lost their sense of individual identity?

They seem to form a bridge between the sensory and motor systems.