The Strange Order of Things

by Antonio Damasio

Book Reviews

  • @JulioMTNeuro @JohnKubie @andpru @NatashaMhatre @OlivierCodol @paulgribble @JCashaback @action_brain @lena_pl I agree that homeostasis is the purpose. Furthermore, I claim that the brain maintains homeostasis by deciding on action. Actually, this idea is explored in greater detail in Damasio's book "The Strange Order of Things"Link to Tweet
  • @PezeshkiCharles I just began reading Antonio Damasio's new book . Strangely enough, he's channeling the same idea of bacteria and ants having complex social coordination.Link to Tweet

About Book

"Damasio undertakes nothing less than a reconstruction of the natural history of the universe. . . . [A] brave and honest book." --The New York Times Book Review The Strange Order of Things is a pathbreaking investigation into homeostasis, the condition that regulates human physiology within the range that makes possible not only survival but also the flourishing of life. Antonio Damasio makes clear that we descend biologically, psychologically, and even socially from a long lineage that begins with single living cells; that our minds and cultures are linked by an invisible thread to the ways and means of ancient unicellular existence and other primitive life-forms; and that inherent in our very chemistry is a powerful force, a striving toward life maintenance that governs life in all its guises, including the development of genes that help regulate and transmit life. The Strange Order of Things is a landmark reflection that spans the biological and social sciences, offering a new way of understanding the origins of life, feeling, and culture.