In his new book The Deep History of Ourselves: The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains respected neuroscientist Joseph Ledoux reaches two controversial conclusions. He say that emotion evolved after consciousness and that emotions are not the product of natural selection. We explore these ideas and much more in this month’s episode of Brain Science (BS 161). This is the second in our four part series about the neuroscience of consciousness.
We also discuss why the term “Limbic System” has become outdated and should be avoided.
Whether or not you agree with his conclusions, I know you will find Dr. Ledoux’s ideas to be extremely interesting and thought provoking.
How to get this episode:
Premium Subscribers have unlimited access to ALL old episodes and transcripts, as well as extra content for selected episodes.
Patreon supporters have access to new transcripts ($3+/month) and ad-free audio files ($10+/month)
New episodes of Brain Science are ALWAYS FREE. The most recent 50 episodes are also free. See the individual show notes for links to the audio files.
Links and References:
Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety by Joseph LeDoux
by Joseph LeDoux
Brown R, Lau H, LeDoux JE. "Understanding the Higher-Order Approach to Consciousness." Trends Cogn Sci. 2019 Sep; 23(9):754-768.
Send email to email@example.com or post voice feedback at http://speakpipe.com/docartemis.
To win an Amazon gift certificate: post a review of Brain Science in iTunes and send me a screenshot.
Learn about Premium Content at http://brainsciencepodcast.com/donations
Learn about Dr. Campbell's new coaching efforts at http://brainsciencepodcast.com/coaching
Sign up for the free Brain Science Newsletter to get show notes automatically every month.
Check out the free Brain Science Mobile app for iOS, Android, and Windows.