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

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

From one of our preeminent neuroscientists: a landmark reflection that spans the biological and social sciences, offering a new way of understanding the origins of life, feeling, and culture. The Strange Order of Things is a pathbreaking investigation into homeostasis, the condition of that regulates human physiology within the range that makes possible not only the surviva From one of our preeminent neuroscientists: a landmark reflection that spans the biological and social sciences, offe...

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Title:The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures
Author:António R. Damásio
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Genres:Science
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

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  • mark
    Mar 12, 2018
    I really like what Antonio Damasio has to say, I just wish his writing was as first-class as his ideas. So, that complaint out of the way, I want to highly recommend this book because the ideas are quite important. Damasio's principal thesis is that feelings have been undervalued in th...
  • Jrobertus
    May 07, 2018
    Damasio is one of my favorite scientific thinkers and popularizers. This book is an extension of his earlier work, building a case for the role of biology in culture. Damasio has brilliantly described the role of basic biology in determining feelings, the role of feelings in consciousn...
  • Douglas Summers-Stay
    May 05, 2018
    This book was an attempt to explain feelings-- feelings of happiness, of sadness, of hunger and irritation and pain-- in a scientific way. He talks a lot about their relationship with homeostasis, the body's (sometimes misguided) attempt to regulate itself to stay in the prime state fo...
  • Mehrsa
    Mar 26, 2018
    Such a cool and thought-provoking book, but a bit sloppy and unclear. The book explores the role of feelings guiding us through evolution and what the implications are for cultural evolution. I have read a lot of books in this genre so I had to do a ton of gap filling in several sectio...
  • Charlene
    Mar 14, 2018
    This is a hugely important book and one worth reading. Why? Because Damasio has joined the ranks of scientists such as Nick Lane (mentioned in the book) and Jeremy England (not mentioned) who are giving the "modern" synthesis of evolution a much needed update. This update replaces the ...
  • Owlseyes
    Mar 01, 2018
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/t... ...
  • Gary
    Mar 22, 2018
    This book provides an incredibly good way to think about order, origins of life and life. Anytime one can look at a problem coherently from a different perspective one can develop a deeper insight and understand the nature of reality just a little bit better than they did before. For e...
  • Fernando Escobar
    Feb 22, 2018
    An outstanding academic work. Probably the most detailed account of the development of feelings, consciousness and culture I've read. It's written from a neurobiological perspective, so when the finally deals with culture his insights are limited. But that is a tiny "peeve" in a reveal...
  • Joana Margarida
    Feb 23, 2018
    Embora a literacia cientfica e tcnica nunca tenha estado to desenvolvida, o pblico dedica muito pouco tempo leitura de romances ou de poesia, que continuam a ser a forma mais garantida e recompensadora de penetrar na comdia e no drama da existncia, e de ter oportunidad...
  • Miles
    May 05, 2018
    Antonio Damasio?s impact on my intellectual development would be difficult to overstate. I first encountered his work when I was assigned The Feeling of What Happens for a philosophy of mind course in college. That book fundamentally transformed how I understood myself as a thinkin...
  • Dan Graser
    Mar 13, 2018
    While I applaud Damsio's efforts to make abundantly clear the connections between human culture and consciousness with single and multi-cellular early lifeforms by way of homeostasis, there is very little that is actually new here. He is a very committed author and no doubt an import...
  • Rita
    Jan 20, 2018
    Adoro como o Damsio explica tudo de forma to fcil e inteligvel. Como eu no hei-de gostar de um autor que diz com toda a convico que o segredo da Humanidade top se definitivamente conjugarmos as reas do saber da Psicologia, da Biologia e da Filosofia. Um crente inacr...
  • John
    Apr 23, 2018
    Extending a well-known concept When at school we all learned the concept of homeostasis. Cells have a built-in mechanism for ensuring that body states are kept within ranges that ensure life is preserved. Despite running marathons, our body?s temperature is around 36.7 . Damasi...
  • Peter Gelfan
    May 15, 2018
    The book makes a convincing case for homeostasis?an organism?s efforts to maintain itself in the tiny bubble of physical, chemical, and environmental conditions that allow it to stay alive and reproduce?as the underlying principle behind all life, evolution, psychology, and cultu...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Feb 09, 2018
    A grand narrative but with little meat. It reads like someone's philosophical musings on the grand arc of earth history but with little in the way of substantially new insights just another recapitulation of the history of life and humans and society that one has seen in a lot of other...
  • Mathijs  Aasman
    Mar 16, 2018
    Great book overall. Discusses how even microbes have a 'culture' and other qualities that we ascribe to humans, only unconsciously. The capacity for culture has great evolutionary benefits, and is thus selected for. ...
  • João Carlos
    Dec 21, 2017
    Antnio Damsio (n. 1944) O portugus Antnio Damsio (n. 1944) ? mdico, neurologista e neurocientista, professor da ctedra David Dornsife de ?Neurocincia, Psicologia e Filosofia", e director do Brain and Creativity Institute na University os Southern California,...
  • Elina Ryzhenkova
    Feb 26, 2018
    Nice account on the matter of homeostasis Concise and clearly structured view on the role of affect in human behavior in the first two parts of the book. The last two chapters are much more clumsy and the line of thought in them is much less convincing. ...
  • Kunal Sen
    Apr 28, 2018
    I am terribly conflicted about this book. I found the first half interesting, as it provided another piece of the puzzle towards our understanding of how our mind evolved and works. The extra insight it brings in is the idea that feelings, the ability of all living things to have a con...
  • Ana Lúcia
    Nov 17, 2017
    "Os sentimentos, elos de ligao para com o mundo, que se estabelecem a partir das clebres emoes, estes recortes das mais pungentes vivncias..." ...
  • Timothy
    May 15, 2018
    First the problems: I had to start and restart this book several times. The author writes very dryly, and I struggled early to be engaged by the topic. I tried reading, then switched to the audiobook in hopes that the narrator would add life to the text. Alas, the narrator was perfectl...
  • P Michael N
    Feb 28, 2018
    Antnio Damsio presents an astonishing and counter-intuitive yet immediately logical/obvious perspective on how human cultures and civilization as we know it have come about. He argues that homeostasis, manifesting as feelings in multi-cellular organisms like ourselves, is the the c...
  • Jim
    Feb 24, 2018
    I won this book on Goodreads. I waffled back and forth about how to rate this book, but ultimately decided that the struggles I had with this book outweighed the interesting parts. There are some complex thoughts here and some that really made me think but some ideas and concepts in th...
  • Megan Marvin
    May 16, 2018
    While many parts of this book resonated with me, I found it a bit repetitive. The author was clearly in his element when writing about the human experience, but the early chapters about evolution and the later parts of the book regarding the cultural development meandered and lacked co...
  • Robert Stevenson
    Apr 10, 2018
    I have read each of Antonio Damasio?s previous five books, he is my favorite neuro-scientist / philosopher. And philosophy of mind as field only develops nowadays thru evolutionary science and neural science. This book expands on his previous books ideas, i.e. feelings of feelings...
  • Bryan D Hopkins
    May 23, 2018
    This is not a very accessible book. The language is needlessly abstract and nuanced. This may be exciting stuff for specialists, because the theory itself seems to be a real game changer. But Damasio is not the best to articulate it. I would recommend watching a lecture by him on the s...
  • Erik
    Mar 23, 2018
    The Strange Order of Things is my first book by Damsio, but it was a bit of a disappointment. It tries to synthesize the entire evolutionary history from RNA-based precursors of modern life over bacterial cultures through human cultures and into the prospects of artificial intelligen...
  • Maria Ferreira
    Dec 25, 2017
    Antnio Damsio divide o livro em trs partes: Parte I- A vida e a sua regulao homeostasia Consiste em olhar o individuo por dentro, desde as bactrias s enzimas e clulas nervosas, responde a questes puramente biolgicas de como o individuo sente a dor fsica e como ...
  • Jorge Rojas
    Apr 27, 2018
    Es la primera vez que leo algo del reconocido Antonio Damasio y debo decir que he quedado gratamente sorprendido. La vinculacin que hace de los origenes de la vida con la cultura es original y convincente. Aqu una resea para alentar a los hispanohablantes a leer el libro https://...
  • Frederick Leonhardt
    Mar 15, 2018
    I've read all of Damasio's popular books. This one was a bit disjointed compared to, say, Self Comes to Mind. Damasio is typically very good at making complex neurological information approachable to the lay person. He often uses examples pulled from his clinical work to make a point. ...