Damasio, “The Strange Order of Things” and Candace Pert

For Antonio Damasio, (as for Candace Pert), and Nietzsche before them, what the body feels is every bit as significant as what the mind thinks, and both functions are inextricably intertwined, says John Banville, in his review of Antonio Damasio’s new book “The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures”.  “Damasio says ‘the world of emotions and feelings’ was the force that drove unstoppably towards the flowering of human consciousness and the creation of cultures”. Dr Candace Pert, in her 1997 book “Molecules of Emotion, Why you feel the way you feel”,  also considered the relationship of emotions and feelings to both the conscious and unconscious mind (or ‘the body’ as she liked to say) and their co-evolution as she noted in the conservation of peptide receptors from simple cells, that would evince behaviors in response to those receptors, continuing into complex creatures and humans, and their Feelings. See the full review in The Guardian here.  And check out the Articles Tab for some short articles by and about Dr Pert on these topics.




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