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The young Lehrer's keen portraits make for a winning read. Using Woolf, Stravinsky, Cézanne, Whitman, and a handful of others, he shows how art has given us as much insight into the human mind as science has.
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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 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’s 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.

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"His book marks the arrival of an important new thinker, who finds in the science and the arts wonder and beauty, and with equal confidence says wise and fresh things about both." Los Angeles Times Book Review

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"In this intriguing reflection...both art and science are freshly conceived." Howard Gardner

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"Solid science journalism with an essayist's flair." Kirkus Reviews

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"Brilliantly illustrated...amazing....[Jonah Lehrer's] clear and vivid writing — incisive and thoughtful, yet sensitive and modest — is a special pleasure." Oliver Sacks

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"Jonah Lehrer provides a fresh and unique look at eight of the artists who define modern culture." Billy Collins, former poet laureate

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Lehrer argues in this original book that science is not the only path to knowledge. In fact, where the brain is concerned, art got there first. Focusing on a group of artists, Lehrer shows how each one discovered an essential truth about the human mind that science is only now rediscovering.

About the Author

Jonah Lehrer is editor at large for Seed magazine. A graduate of Columbia University and a Rhodes scholar, Lehrer has worked in the lab of Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel and in the kitchens of Le Cirque 2000 and Le Bernardin. He has written for the Boston Globe, Nature, NPR, and NOVA ScienceNow, and writes a highly regarded blog, The Frontal Cortex.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
Prelude ix
1. Walt Whitman
The Substance of Feeling 1
2. George Eliot
The Biology of Freedom 25
3. Auguste Escoffier
The Essence of Taste 53
4. Marcel Proust
The Method of Memory 75
5. Paul Cézanne
The Process of Sight 96
6. Igor Stravinsky
The Source of Music 120
7. Gertrude Stein
The Structure of Language 144
8. Virginia Woolf
The Emergent Self 168
Coda 190
Acknowledgments 199
Notes 201
Bibliography 216
Index 231

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Lauren Deimling Johns, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Lauren Deimling Johns)
brilliant
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Kano, March 19, 2010 (view all comments by Kano)
Jonah Lehrer has obviously done his research. The whole of this book provides an insight on the contribution that Art, and the Artist, have made to especially neuroscience. My appreciation for music and art has been widened enormously to encompass even 'how' they link to, and influence, leading edge science and social advancements. The book will change the way you see the world around you.
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Liz Lisle, January 28, 2010 (view all comments by Liz Lisle)
Just saw a speech by the incredible and talented Mr. Lehrer in San Francisco. For any artist or creative thinker who is interested in mental structures and how it is that we create pathways into cognition, this is your guy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780547085906
Author:
Lehrer, Jonah
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Neurosciences and the arts
Subject:
Neurosciences -- history.
Subject:
Art - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.33x5.51x.63 in. .58 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Mariner Books - English 9780547085906 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The young Lehrer's keen portraits make for a winning read. Using Woolf, Stravinsky, Cézanne, Whitman, and a handful of others, he shows how art has given us as much insight into the human mind as science has.

"Review" by , "His book marks the arrival of an important new thinker, who finds in the science and the arts wonder and beauty, and with equal confidence says wise and fresh things about both."
"Review" by , "In this intriguing reflection...both art and science are freshly conceived."
"Review" by , "Solid science journalism with an essayist's flair."
"Review" by , "Brilliantly illustrated...amazing....[Jonah Lehrer's] clear and vivid writing — incisive and thoughtful, yet sensitive and modest — is a special pleasure."
"Review" by , "Jonah Lehrer provides a fresh and unique look at eight of the artists who define modern culture."
"Synopsis" by , Lehrer argues in this original book that science is not the only path to knowledge. In fact, where the brain is concerned, art got there first. Focusing on a group of artists, Lehrer shows how each one discovered an essential truth about the human mind that science is only now rediscovering.
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