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In this technology-driven age, ita (TM)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 a painter, a poet, a chef, a composer, and a handful of novelists a 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 braina (TM)s malleability; how the French chef Escoffier identified umami (the fifth taste); how CA(c)zanne worked out the subtleties of vision; and how Gertrude Stein exposed the deep structure of language a a full half-century before the work of Noam Chomsky and other linguists. Ita (TM)s the ultimate tale of art trumping science.

More broadly, Lehrer shows that therea (TM)s a cost to reducing everything to atoms and acronyms and genes. Measurement is not the same as understanding, and this is what art knows better than science. 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.

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In this debut work, Lehrer argues that science is not the only path to knowledge. Focusing on a group of artists, Lehrer shows how each one had discovered an essential truth about the human mind that science is only now rediscovering. Unabridged. 7 CDs.

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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 identified umami (the fifth taste); how C?zanne 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's a cost to reducing everything to atoms and acronyms and genes. Measurement is not the same as understanding, and this is what art knows better than science. 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.

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ISBN:
9781423374213
Author:
Lehrer, Jonah
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
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Miller, Dan John
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Miller, Dan John
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Subjects & Themes - General
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General
Subject:
Art - General
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Library
Publication Date:
20080931
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Compact Disc
Language:
English
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6.90x6.70x1.00 in. .55 lbs.
Media Run Time:
420

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"Synopsis" by , In this debut work, Lehrer argues that science is not the only path to knowledge. Focusing on a group of artists, Lehrer shows how each one had discovered an essential truth about the human mind that science is only now rediscovering. Unabridged. 7 CDs.
"Synopsis" by , 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 identified umami (the fifth taste); how C?zanne 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's a cost to reducing everything to atoms and acronyms and genes. Measurement is not the same as understanding, and this is what art knows better than science. 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.
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