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The FitMind Podcast: Mental Fitness, Neuroscience & Psychology

Dec 7, 2021

Dr. Antonio Damasio is a neurologist, psychologist and best-selling author.

He's the Founder & Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, which researches human emotions, memory, communication, and decision-making, and is regarded as one of the most influential psychologists of the modern era.

On this episode, we discuss the evolution of the mind, the surprising role of feelings in consciousness, and why we have a brain in the first place.

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Show Notes

0:00 | Introduction to Antonio Damasio, MD, PhD

2:07 | Why Do We Have a Brain?

4:00 | Brain & Nervous System Are One

6:08 | Evolution of the Mind

10:28 | Minds are Representation Machines 

16:51 | Distinguishing Between Feeling & Emotions

19:04 | Feelings are the Beginning of Consciousness

22:38 | Nervous Systems Produce Feelings/Consciousness

29:30 | Understanding Feelings is of Utmost Importance

34:34 | How Feelings Impact Culture, Politics, Relationships, & Everything Really

39:37 | Building Conscious Machines with Vulnerability

43:30 | Rapid Fire Questions