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44 | Antonio Damasio on Feelings, Thoughts, and the Evolution of Humanity

44 | Antonio Damasio on Feelings, Thoughts, and the Evolution of Humanity

Update: 2019-04-296
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When we talk about the mind, we are constantly talking about consciousness and cognition. Antonio Damasio wants us to talk about our feelings. But it’s not in an effort to be more touchy-feely; Damasio, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists, believes that feelings generated by the body are a crucial part of how we achieve and maintain homeostasis, which in turn is a key driver in understanding who we are. His most recent book, The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures, is an ambitious attempt to trace the role of feelings and our biological impulses in the origin of life, the nature of consciousness, and our flourishing as social, cultural beings. Support Mindscape on Patreon or Paypal. Antonio Damasio received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Lisbon, Portugal. He is currently University Professor, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Professor of Psychology, Professor of Philosophy, and (along with his wife and frequent collaborator, Prof. Hannah Damasio) Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. He is also an adjunct professor at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Among his numerous awards are the Grawemeyer Award, the Honda Prize, the Prince of Asturias Award in Science and Technology, and the Beaumont Medal from the American Medical Association. USC web page Brain and Creativity Institute Google Scholar page Amazon.com author page Wikipedia TED talk on The Quest to Understand Consciousness Twitter
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jack mchogoff

lost me at mentioning Lisa abbudea'...... liberalism is a mental disorder.

May 5th
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Jeremy Dixon

did you guys really just say that human-level artificial intelligence isn't possible because robots aren't vulnerable and don't have feelings? This is quite possibly the dumbest thing I have ever heard two smart people agree on. I think you are equating human level with human-like

Apr 29th
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Quang Nguyen

Julian Janes hg. Uioiik and I mm lip Jul just l it in up oooo hg

May 23rd
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Pedro Abreu

Julian Janes True. Any good model of the robot itself will by definition have these implicit vulnerabilities in mind. If it impairs its functioning, it can simply send a distress signal similar to how animals do. however this does not imply feelings AND the robot has a rudimentar notion of its own vulnerabilties.

May 4th
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44 | Antonio Damasio on Feelings, Thoughts, and the Evolution of Humanity

44 | Antonio Damasio on Feelings, Thoughts, and the Evolution of Humanity