Dr. Antonio Damasio, the author of the forthcoming book Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain, which tackles a question that has confounded neorologists, philospophers, cognitive scientists, and psychologists for centuries: how consciousness is created spoke at the Watermill Center on August 12, 2010. He has spent the past thirty years studying and writing about how the brain operates, and his work has garnered acclaim for its singular melding of the scientific and the humanistic. The director of the University of Southern California's Brain and Creativity Institute, his books include Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain; The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness (named one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review); and Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain.

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