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103867 014303622X 9780143036227 Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain     336 Penguin Books Ltd 2005-09-27 Since Descartes famously proclaimed, "I think, therefore I am," science has often overlooked emotions as the source of a person’s true being. Even modern neuroscience has tended, until recently, to concentrate on the cognitive aspects of brain function, disregarding emotions. This attitude began to change with the publication of <b>Descartes’ Error</b> in 1995. Antonio Damasio—"one of the world’s leading neurologists" (<b>The New York Times</b>)—challenged traditional ideas about the connection between emotions and rationality. In this wondrously engaging book, Damasio takes the reader on a journey of scientific discovery through a series of case studies, demonstrating what many of us have long suspected: emotions are not a luxury, they are essential to rational thinking and to normal social behavior.

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