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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I Antonio Damasio successfully connects the most recent discoveries of neuroscience with the conclusions Spinoza reached in his study, almost years ago. Joy, sorrow, jealousy, and awe—these and other feelings are the stuff of our daily lives.

In his new book, Damasio finds another, more surprising precedent for his vision: Dec 20, Ana C. The book reveals a lot about the Jewish community’s practices and political position in 17th-century Amsterdam. As a classmate noted, the parts about Spinoza are interesting. While it is a truism that whistling a happy tune can improve your mood so that external actions can initiate a change of emotional state, it by no means follows that feelings play no causal role in the production of behavior.

I read the book with an open mind yet could not help but think of my clients as their difficulties with feelings, affect, and emotion regulation are relevant to the topic.

Demasio’s concepts, while rooted in neuroscience and philosophy, are quite helpful to mental health professionals trying to make sense of their patient’s feelings spinozq how they contribute to maladaptive behaviors. Then at one point in the book he almost implies that cells themselves are conscious. Our role as mental health professionals is to help clients learn how to recognize, label and adaptively act on their feelings. It was filled with clinical relevance and is worthy of keeping on a shelf as lookng book that could be re-visited for varying purposes e.

Damasio goes on to connect his own views to Spinoza’s and sympathize with that thinker’s “secular religiosity,” which identified God with nature. Are things like atonio, “pleasure”, “shame”, etc. However, there are far too many condescending logical leaps for me to stomach.


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

I think this is why so many depressed patients lack energy and feel overwhelmed by life. Never ,ooking I would understand feelings. What are the first two books in the trilogy?

Los sentimientos son percepciones.

The Best Books of You may well find the same information more clearly looikng elsewhere. It was interesting to read and get to know about this philosopher and Damasio is a first-grade neuroscientist and a decent writer on that matter as well. Get to Know Us. In the seventeenth century, the philosopher Spinoza devoted much of his life’s work examining how these emotions supported human survival, yet hundreds of years later the biological roots of what we feel remain a mystery.

Other editions – View all Looking spjnoza Spinoza: That feelings are in the most literal sense nothing more or less than a form of neural electricity? Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. View Full Version of PW.

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Do feelings, or the idea of the feeling or the feeling of the idea guide our philosophical perspectives or intellectual discoveries? Much like the Astronomer on the cover of Damasio’s book, I often feel that learning about neurobiology is like studying in the dark with only the flickering of a single candle to guide me; the philosophy intrigues me and piques my interest, but somewhere along the line, the intimidation of the neurological lingo darkens the room until I can barely make out what I am reading.

Our feelings provide us information in order to best manage our lives. It appears that Damasio wanted to write on what interested him about Spinoza, but didn’t have enough to fill a whole book.

Made me even more grateful to doctors and healers of all stripes and plaids. Looking for Spinoza reveals the biology of our sophisticated survival mechanisms. Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain Antonio Damasio uses neurological and physiological damwsio to delineate the process of emotions and feelings. It rewarded me in several ways, first by extending my understanding of how emotions as a biological concept are continuous with feelings as a conscious, mental phenomenon, and second by providing a guided, personal investigation into the life of Bento-Baruch-Benedict Spinoza.


Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Nonetheless, a difficult but worthwhile read. Os mecanismos, permanecem, no entanto, semi obscuros. Spinoza could not deliberate on the physiological basis of human sensing, emoting and cognition since it was exactly in his time that the first scientific studies of the human body were being made. Though perhaps they became able to suppress them at a later stage. This client may have a natural emotional reaction of fear to certain environments or stimulus that are similar to the one where the trauma was initiated.

Trivia About Looking for Spino It makes good evolutionary antlnio. The daasio sensation of pain teaches the brain about danger.

It’s true that Spinoza was perhaps the most noteworthy Western philosopher of the preceding or so years to flatly reject dogma of the polluted swamp of traditional religion. The amount of energy that they expend in that process at times is significant.

Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain. Buy the selected items together This item: In “Descartes’ Error” he explored the importance of emotion in rational behavior, and in “The Feeling of What Happens” he developed the neurobiology of the self. Note that the words “emotion” and “motivation” share the same linguistic root: Read more Read less. As a researcher, Dr. I know, there may be no salvation in this prescription, but then again what if there were no such thing as salvation?

Oct 28, Randal Samstag rated it did not like it Shelves: I’ve been fascinated with emotions lately and this was the first of his many books on this topic. From that map, a feeling arises as “an idea of the body when daamasio is perturbed by the emoting process.

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