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The Consumer Mind by Pepe Martinez

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Final reflections: philosophy and the mind

It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.

BERTRAND RUSSELL

The time has come to finish this book. We have now reached the final chapter, and I don’t want to end without one more reference to Antonio Damasio.

One of the things that surprised me most about Damasio’s research into the brain and mind was the connections he makes in his books (Descartes’ Error and Looking for Spinoza) between neuroscience and philosophy. It was precisely this focus of Damasio’s books that gave me the idea to end my own book by establishing a relationship between history’s leading philosophers and the human mind.

Throughout the history of philosophical ...

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