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Proust Was a Neuroscientist por Jonah Lehrer
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Proust Was a Neuroscientist (original 2007; edição 2008)

por Jonah Lehrer

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A dazzling intellectual inquiry into the nature of truth and the relationship between art and science. In this technology-driven age, itb2ss 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 and original book, 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 human 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 Cezanne worked out the subtleties of vision; and how Gertrude Stein exposed the deep structure of language-a full half-century before Chomsky. It's the ultimate tale of art trumping science. An ingenious blend of biography, criticism, and first rate science writing, Proust Was a Neuroscientist urges science to listen more closely to art, for the willing mind can combine the best of both to brilliant effect.… (mais)
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Título:Proust Was a Neuroscientist
Autores:Jonah Lehrer
Informação:Mariner Books (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 256 pages
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Interesting collection of essays on how artists explore and illuminate workings of the mind, as later confirmed by neuroscientific data. ( )
  oatleyr | Aug 22, 2020 |
A set of interesting biographies about 8 memorable people.

Since I recently finished [b:Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life|19089|Middlemarch A Study of Provincial Life|George Eliot|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1309202283s/19089.jpg|1461747] by George Elliot, I found chapter 2 about George Elliot especially interesting as also chapter 2 where we eventually learn that there are really 5 kinds of taste buds and not just four.

My initial reaction to Chapters 6, 7, and 8 is that I won't bother with Stravinski, Gertrude Stein or Virginia Woolf. But having finished each of those chapters, my initial reaction was probably the wrong conclusion. While reading the chapter on Stravinsky, I listened to the Rite of Spring (the only version I had was the Disney Fantasia version), and sure enough it has become accepted enough that it did not feel extreme to me. LIkewise Stein and Woolf might someday be something I want to read.

Chapter 7 on language made me want to reread [b:Language in Thought and Action|567189|Language in Thought and Action|S.I. Hayakawa|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1327933982s/567189.jpg|554293]. I know that linguists have more modern ideas, but when I read it, I found Hayakawa delightful.

The author reminds us that fiction so often says things better than non fiction. This was really brought home to me when reading [b:The Oz Principle: Getting Results through Individual and Organizational Accountability|135278|The Oz Principle Getting Results through Individual and Organizational Accountability|Roger Connors|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1309282119s/135278.jpg|130362], a book that was rather boring except when it quoted from [b:The Wonderful Wizard of Oz|236093|The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)|L. Frank Baum|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1327894516s/236093.jpg|1993810]. I stopped reading the boring business book, took a refreshing break to read [b:The Wonderful Wizard of Oz|236093|The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)|L. Frank Baum|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1327894516s/236093.jpg|1993810] and then went back to finish the modern business book. What a wonderful balance when we can learn more from fiction than non-fiction. Yet, I still read more non-fiction. Perhaps I need to reconsider my ways and get more classics in my diet. ( )
  bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
Artists predicting 20th century neuroscience. Another book whose audience I can not imagine. There is not really enough information about the artists for someone who didn't already know them and the science is basic to the point of misleadingly simple. Could have been deeper in both aspects, though it was worth it for the thumbnail sketch of L-glutamate. ( )
  Eoin | Jun 3, 2019 |
I especially liked the invocation of C.P. Snow's Third Culture at the end. ( )
  msmilton | Jul 18, 2018 |
I especially liked the invocation of C.P. Snow's Third Culture at the end. ( )
  msmilton | Jul 18, 2018 |
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A dazzling intellectual inquiry into the nature of truth and the relationship between art and science. In this technology-driven age, itb2ss 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 and original book, 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 human 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 Cezanne worked out the subtleties of vision; and how Gertrude Stein exposed the deep structure of language-a full half-century before Chomsky. It's the ultimate tale of art trumping science. An ingenious blend of biography, criticism, and first rate science writing, Proust Was a Neuroscientist urges science to listen more closely to art, for the willing mind can combine the best of both to brilliant effect.

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