Episode 10: Affect, Homeostasis, and “The Strange Order of Things” with Dr. Antonio Damasio


For our tenth episode, we interviewed Dr. Antonio Damasio, Chair in Neuroscience, Professor of Psychology, Philosophy, and Neurology, and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Damasio has written a number of critically-acclaimed books, beginning with Descartes’ Error and continuing most recently with The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures. A central idea of this new book is homeostasis — how do emotions keep us within biological ranges that are conducive to life? How have different cultures emerged to serve these same homeostatic goals? Is consciousness even possible without emotions? We also discuss the research that led Dr. Damasio to these conclusions, as well as his single bet for the next big scientific breakthrough.

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