Antonio R. Damasio

The Feeling of What Happens Body, Feelings and consciousness Publication date : October 1, 1999

What makes us human beings ? Is it the gift of consciousness ?
Antonio Damasio proposes a new theory that offers a biological explanation for the feeling of consciousness of the self.
How does the brain create mental structures that enable us to see images ? How does it create the feeling of self, which we experience when we think of something, perceive an object, or imagine something ?
The consciousness of self does not exist arbitrarily. Its existence can be explained — if not completely demonstrated. We can become familiar with it, and we now know what we are and why — this in itself is a revolution.

“This book reveals for the first time the neurobiological foundations of the Self.” Jean-Pierre Changeux

“Antonio Damasio is probably one of the world’s most brilliant neurologists.” David Hubel, Nobel Prize winner

“A book without peer.” Jerome Kagan

“A marvellous book that brilliantly blends poetic intuition with precise analysis.” Peter Brook

Antonio R. Damasio heads the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa and teaches at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies at La Jolla, California. He is the author of the best-selling Descartes’ Error, which has been translated into 18 languages.