Antonio Damasio

Prof. Dr. Stefan Klein und Prof. Nik Haffner im Gespräch mit
Prof. Dr. Antonio Damasio
The Biology of Creativity: Life, Feeling and the Making of Cultures

Mittwoch, 13. Juni 2018, 18 Uhr
Grunewaldstr. 2-5, 10823 Berlin, Aula
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Wie ist der Mensch zum Menschen geworden – und wie ist all das entstanden, was wir Kultur nennen? Der weltbekannte Neurowissenschaftler Antonio Damasio hat eine verblüffende Erklärung: Nicht Verstand oder Intellekt, sondern die Gefühle haben die entscheidende Rolle gespielt. In seinem Vortrag und im Gespräch wirft Antonio Damasio einen neuen, aufregenden Blick auf die Fundamente menschlicher Zivilisation.

Abstract: Creativity, in general and in the arts, is often explained on the basis of intelligence and originality. When emotions and feelings are allowed to play a role in the process, they tend to be separated from fundamental biology, that is, from the processes that govern life. In this lecture, I will consider creativity from the perspective of biology, taking into account mechanisms of life regulation and how they express themselves in affect and drive invention for the purpose of maintaining life and improving well-being.

Antonio Damasio is University Professor, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology and Philosophy, and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Trained as both neurologist and neuroscientist, Damasio has made seminal contributions to the understanding of brain processes underlying emotions, feelings, and consciousness. His work on the role of affect in decision-making has made a major impact in neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and has been named “Highly Cited Researcher” by the Institute for Scientific Information, and is regarded as one of the most eminent psychologists of the modern era (Google Scholar h-index is 153; over 162,000 citations).

His most recent work addresses the evolutionary development of mind and especially the role of homeostasis in the generation of cultures. His new book on the subject is The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures, (Deutscher Titel: Im Anfang war das Gefühl: Der biologische Ursprung menschlicher Kultur) which appeared in the Fall of 2017. Damasio has discussed his research and ideas in several books, among them Descartes’ Error, The Feeling of What Happens, Looking for Spinoza and Self Comes to Mind, which are translated and taught in universities worldwide. More information on and