Antonio Damasio


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Antonio Damasio

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Aug. 15, 2006, 6:42pm

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Aug. 16, 2006, 7:57pm

I enjoyed Descartes' Error and would describe it as "occasionally dense fluff." It was a great sunny afternoon read for me. I believe the ideas were solid, but the presentation's tone went back and forth between somewhat casual narrative and more terminology-ridden sections. I have nothing against popular science, but sections which were more intense left me wanting a lot more detail, as I tend to really enjoy technical specifics. You can also tell that this book was written some time ago; ideas which may have provoked a more skeptical reception when the book came out certainly don't now. I should mention that I can recall having seen Damasio referenced in several other books I've read, so his research credentials are decent. I haven't yet read The Feeling of What Happens. I was a bit afraid that since both were popular science works that the second would be mostly a review of the first book with only a little updating. Anybody out there who has read both, does the newer one add significant content?

Mrz. 3, 2007, 5:30pm

Nothing like being really late to the party here!

The Feeling of What Happens is actually fantastic. I enjoyed it much more than Descartes' Error (which I also loved). It's true that he's writing for popular audiences instead of specialists, but I actually think he has some really brilliant newer ideas in The Feeling of What Happens that he doesn't get to in the others. I am speaking as a philosopher, though, and I believe the most interesting things he presents are those things that philosophy has ignored in relation to the body overall for way too long.