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Descartes' Error

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Title: Descartes' Error
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Subject: Humanities
Date: December 12, 2005
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Understanding the biological mechanisms behind emotions and feelings is perfectly compatible with a romantic view of their value to human beings (164). Damasio's question, "does the fact that Gage (or Elliot, or others) lost his ability to decide and reason effectively take away a persons free will?" How can one decide whether free will is something engraved in the brain, especially if one believes that reason is as well? Does every person who seems to have a damaged decision making process in the eyes of society prey of brain damage or insanity? Damasio introduces interesting argument, or rather seemingly the fact, that the "difference between sicknesses of the brain and of the mind between neurological and psychological ones, is a societal leftover that shows an ignorance of the relation between the brain and the mind...
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The degree of sympathy shown to each is a pity. If Elliot's first wife had known that his was not only a condition of the mind, but also of the brain, would she have reacted differently? Damasio's hypothesis of the somatic marker takes the adventure to disprove Descartes' error?the fact that soul, mind, and body are separate...
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