LARB Radio Hour: The Science of Feelings and the Origins of Culture

Why do we live in the way that we do? USC Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology and Philosophy Antonio Damasio suggests otherwise in his latest book, The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures. Suffice to say, this week’s show will challenge, and possibly change, the way you understand the world. As Professor Damasio explains to co-hosts Tom Lutz and Eric Newman, his research shows how cultural decisions, and their potential adoption across a given society, is rooted much more in feelings than previously thought. LARB Radio Hour: The Science of Feelings and the Origins of Culture
By LARB AV –  April 6, 2018

How do cultural practices become established? For generations social scientists, philosophers, and even psychologists have emphasized the centrality of human rationality as the arbiter of cultural development. What follows is a fascinating dive into the role emotions and feelings play in all living things on earth: from us (so-called) higher primates to other animals, plants, and all the down way to micro-organisms.