Book: Descartes` Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain in English
Title: Descartes` Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain
Author: Damasio, Antonio R.Publisher: Vintage, 2006
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In the centuries since Descartes famously proclaimed, `I think, therefore I am,` science has often overlooked emotions as the source of a person`s true being. Even modern neuroscience has tended until recently to concentrate on the cognitive aspects of brain function, disregarding emotions. This attitude began to change with the publication of Descartes` Error . Antonio Damasio challenged traditional ideas about the connection between emotions and rationality. In this wonderfully engaging book, Damasio takes the reader on a journey of scientific discovery through a series of case studies, demonstrating what many of us have long suspected: emotions are not a luxury, they are essential to rational thinking and to normal social behaviour.