Proust Was a Neuroscientist
Is science the only path to knowledge? In this sparkling and provocative book, Jonah Lehrer explains that when it comes to understanding the brain, art got there first. Taking a group of celebrated writers, painters and composers, Lehrer shows us how artists have discovered truths about the... show more
Is science the only path to knowledge? In this sparkling and provocative book, Jonah Lehrer explains that when it comes to understanding the brain, art got there first. Taking a group of celebrated writers, painters and composers, Lehrer shows us how artists have discovered truths about the human mind - real, tangible truths - that science is only now rediscovering. We learn, for example, how Proust first revealed the fallibility of memory; how George Eliot understood the brain's malleability; how the French chef Escoffier intuited umami (the fifth taste); how Cezanne worked out the subtleties of vision; and how Virginia Woolf pierced the mysteries of consciousness. It's a riveting tale of art trumping science again and again.
Publish date: April 19th 2012
Publisher: Canongate Books
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...