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These new methods are not without rigour, though. Damasio and his colleagues examine patients with disruptions and interruptions in consciousness and take deep insights from these tragic lives while offering greater comfort and meaning to the sufferers. His thesis, that our sense of self arises from our need to map relations between self and others, is firmly rooted in medical and evolutionary research but stands up well to self-examination. His examples from the weird world of neurology are unsettling yet deeply humanising--real people with serious problems spring to life in the pages but they are never reduced to their deficits. The Feeling of What Happens captures the spirit of discovery as it plunges deeper than ever into the darkest waters yet. --Rob Lightner
Damasio has written an extremely erudite, comprehensive work which deserves attention.
However, I tend toward the hypothesis that consciousness is NOT inside the brain,... Read more
A very interesting hypothesis about how the conscious mind arises out of the brain. At times it felt too much like reading something from one of the old-school philosophers. Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2013 by Andrew E Johnson
A very comprehensive view of the nature of human consciousness, very plausible and well argued. It needs concentration to read it, as the ideas are difficult at times, but it is... Read morePublished on 7 July 2011 by Mr. Jonathan Bayley
Damasio's work is among the most important to emerge in the theory of neuroscience in the past decade. Read morePublished on 12 July 2010 by Arthur Piper
For me this was not an easy read all the way through.I had to keep putting it down every several pages sometimes ,to avoid automatically reading it and not understanding it... Read morePublished on 22 May 2010 by nicholas hargreaves
A fantastic book written by one of the mos intelligent writers I have ever read. If you are interested in the neurological basis of consciousness you should read this book.Published on 24 Oct. 2007 by Voracious
I am a doctor and I found this the best book on consciousness that I have read. I feel that Damasio in on the right lines to explaining this very difficult problem. Read morePublished on 12 Nov. 2003 by Amazon Customer