Tuesday 21 February 2012

Art and the Limits of Neuroscience

( Illustration from the article: Leif Parsons)

I just realised that I have never posted the latest brilliant article, "Art and the Limits of Neuroscience" by Alva Noë!!! He discusses the new 'hot topic' neuroaesthetics, a brilliant argument about how and why it does not work.
(http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/art-and-the-limits-of-neuroscience/ )

One correction. In his text, Noë says:

"What is striking about neuroaesthetics is not so much the fact that it has failed to produce interesting or surprising results about art, but rather the fact that no one — not the scientists, and not the artists and art historians — seem to have minded, or even noticed."

Well, we have noticed indeed, and we do mind!

So -to be continued...

lva Noë is a philosopher at CUNY’s Graduate Center. He is the author of “Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain and Other Lessons From The Biology of Consciousness.” He is now writing a book on art and human nature. Noë writes a weekly column for NPR’s13.7: Culture and Cosmos blog. You can follow him on Twitter andFacebook.

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