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  • Making Minds Conscious
  • By: Antonio Damasio
  • Narrated by: Julian Morris
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Summary

In recent decades, many philosophers and cognitive scientists have declared the question of consciousness unsolvable, but Antonio Damasio is convinced that recent findings in neuroscience, psychology and artificial intelligence have given us the necessary tools to solve its mystery.

In Feeling & Knowing, Damasio elucidates the myriad aspects of consciousness and presents his analysis and new insights in a way that is faithful to our own intuitive sense of the experience.

In 48 brief chapters, Damasio helps us understand the relation between consciousness and the mind, why being conscious is not the same as either being awake or sensing, the central role of feeling and why the brain is essential for the development of consciousness. He synthesises the recent findings of various sciences with the philosophy of consciousness and, most significantly, presents his original research, which has transformed our understanding of the brain and human behaviour.

Here is an indispensable guide to understanding the fundamental human capacity for informing and transforming our experience of the world around us and our perception of our place in it.

©2021 Antonio Damasio (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"Damasio writes lucid prose clearly addressed to a popular audience. Even better, the book is concise and helpfully divided into dozens of short chapters, many only one or two pages. Make no mistake, however; Damasio is a deep thinker familiar with multiple disciplines, and this is as much a work of philosophy as hard science. Readers familiar with college level psychology and neuroscience will discover rewarding insights." (Kirkus)

"A poetic and profound guide to the enigma of consciousness and the evolution of the mind. Antonio Damasio is not only one of the deepest thinkers in neuroscience, but one of its most eloquent communicators. Feeling and Knowing is a truly awe-inspiring piece of writing." (David Robson, author of The Intelligence Trap)

"Here the master scientist unites with the silken prose-stylist to produce one thrilling insight after another....Damasio has succeeded brilliantly in narrowing the gap between body and mind." (The New York Times)

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very informative

it was an interesting and exciting read asking us to look at how we think and feel differently or in a new way - expanding how we perceive the world

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Excellent but let down by the performance.

This book presents an important new understanding of what consciousness is and how it comes to be - both in terms of human evolution and our own subjective experience. And it does so in a clear and economical way.

The content is just superb.

Consciousness is so central to our lives, and is such a wonder of existence, but is also so little understood. Most thinking about it is either pathetically fluffy or impenetrably dry (and broken). Antonio Damasio is a rare source of lucidity and insight on the subject.

Unfortunately though, the performance doesn’t match the material. Although the narrator does have a nice voice and puts a lot of energy into trying to make his reading as engaging as possible, somehow he fails to illuminate the text. It’s as if he doesn’t actually understand the content of what he’s reading, and is merely making strings of words sound as interesting as he can.

I found myself having to work hard to listen through the narration in order to get at the ideas behind it, rather than being able to allow the narration to bring those ideas to me. As soon as I stopped this active process of listening the words just became well-modulated sounds and stopped conveying any meaning. I’m going to need to listen to the whole thing again to catch all the bits I missed.

Still, the material is so good that the extra effort and a second listening feel entirely worth it.

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Bad narration!!

Julian Morris has a sweet voice but for some strange reason he heavily stresses every third or fourth word of every sentence all through the text. This is utterly unpleasant to the ear and does not contribute to the clarity of the text.
The book itself is interesting but it is very poorly written and badly edited.