Proust Was a Neuroscientist
In this technology-driven age, it’s tempting to believe that science can solve every mystery. After all, science has cured countless diseases and even sent humans into space. But as Jonah Lehrer argues in this sparkling debut, science is not the only path to knowledge. In fact, when it comes to... show more
In this technology-driven age, it’s tempting to believe that science can solve every mystery. After all, science has cured countless diseases and even sent humans into space. But as Jonah Lehrer argues in this sparkling debut, science is not the only path to knowledge. In fact, when it comes to understanding the brain, art got there first.Taking a group of artists a painter, a poet, a chef, a composer, and a handful of novelists Lehrer shows how each one discovered an essential truth about the mind that science is only now rediscovering. We learn, for example, how Proust first revealed the fallibility of memory; how George Eliot discovered the brain’s malleability; how the French chef Escoffier discovered umami (the fifth taste); how Cézanne worked out the subtleties of vision; and how Gertrude Stein exposed the deep structure of language a full half-century before the work of Noam Chomsky and other linguists. It’s the ultimate tale of art trumping science.More broadly, Lehrer shows that there is a cost to reducing everything to atoms and acronyms and genes. Measurement is not the same as understanding, and art knows this better than science does. An ingenious blend of biography, criticism, and first-rate science writing, Proust Was a Neuroscientist urges science and art to listen more closely to each other, for willing minds can combine the best of both, to brilliant effect.
Publish date: November 1st 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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What an arrogant, lying scumbag. If you bought his book, Simon & Schuster would give you a refund if you have problem with it. "Mr. Lehrer, then a 31-year-old wunderkind of the journalism and publishing worlds, had fabricated quotes from Bob Dylan and recycled his own work from one publication ...
How 'bout this for author behavior:Jonah Lehrer was fired from his New Yorker gig for "self-plagiarizing". Basically, he was recycling content from his books, and while I think self-plagiarism isn't as egregious as other word theft, in terms of being a professional journalist, it's something akin to...
I cannot in good conscience read any of his books, since he has admitted to fabricating quotes.
Me molesta un poco la forma en que se plantea la idea acerca de que los artistas van adelantados a la neurociencia porque se pueden encontrar observaciones relacionadas al funcionamiento del cerebro en el arte de muchos. Parecería mas bien obvio, dado que son las personas que observan el comportamie...
A really fascinating read!Each chapter chronicles a different artist, their struggles and their core beliefs, which as we know now were far ahead of their time.The book is a bit of a primer on these artists and many unknown (at least to me) aspects of their lives. Definitely makes me want to dig dee...