Recommended Books May 2018

Spirit Vine May 2018, Recommended Books

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow 

by Yuval Noah Harari

WAR IS OBSOLETE
You are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in conflict

FAMINE IS DISAPPEARING
You are at more risk of obesity than starvation

DEATH IS JUST A TECHNICAL PROBLEM
Equality is out, but immortality is in

WHAT DOES OUR FUTURE HOLD?

 

The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness

by Antonio Damasio

A renowned and revered scientist and clinician, Damasio has spent decades following amnesiacs down hospital corridors, waiting for comatose patients to awaken, and devising ingenious research using PET scans to piece together the great puzzle of consciousness. In his bestselling Descartes’ Error, Damasio revealed the critical importance of emotion in the making of reason. Building on this foundation, he now shows how consciousness is created. Consciousness is the feeling of what happens-our mind noticing the body’s reaction to the world and responding to that experience. Without our bodies there can be no consciousness, which is at heart a mechanism for survival that engages body, emotion, and mind in the glorious spiral of human life. A hymn to the possibilities of human existence, a magnificent work of ingenious science, a gorgeously written book, The Feeling of What Happens is already being hailed as a classic.