The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 19, 2019 - 336 pages
"Damasio undertakes nothing less than a reconstruction of the natural history of the universe. . . . [A] brave and honest book."
--The New York Times Book Review



The Strange Order of Things is a pathbreaking investigation into homeostasis, the condition that regulates human physiology within the range that makes possible not only survival but also the flourishing of life. Antonio Damasio makes clear that we descend biologically, psychologically, and even socially from a long lineage that begins with single living cells; that our minds and cultures are linked by an invisible thread to the ways and means of ancient unicellular existence and other primitive life-forms; and that inherent in our very chemistry is a powerful force, a striving toward life maintenance that governs life in all its guises, including the development of genes that help regulate and transmit life. The Strange Order of Things is a landmark reflection that spans the biological and social sciences, offering a new way of understanding the origins of life, feeling, and culture.


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Homeostasis does the heavy lifting in Antonio Damasio’s account of life, subjectivity, consciousness, and culture. Not the homeostasis that your mom told you about, the one that describes the tendency ... Read full review

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Give it a chance and this book will blow your mind. Or at least turn upside down then inside out everything you thought you knew about you, your self-awareness and the discipline you exercised over ... Read full review

Contents

BEGINNINGS
3
On the Human Condition
11
In a Region of Unlikeness
33
Varieties of Homeostasis
44
From Single Cells to Nervous Systems and Minds
53
The Origin of Minds 7
71
Expanding Minds
84
Affect
99
The Construction of Feelings
117
Consciousness
143
On Cultures
165
Roots of Cultures Distinctive Human Cultures Feelings as Arbiters
191
On the Human Condition Now
211
The Strange Order of Things
234
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ANTONIO DAMASIO is University Profess∨ David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Philosophy; and director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. Awards he has received include the Prince of Asturias Prize in Science and Technology, the Grawemeyer Award, the Honda Prize, and the Pessoa and Signoret prizes. In 2017 he received the Freud Medal from the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. Damasio is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. He is the author of Descartes' Error, The Feeling of What Happens, Looking for Spinoza and Self Comes to Mind, all of which have been published in translation and are taught in universities throughout the world.

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