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    Ram Daggerman, Consort to the Mountain Goddess (meika loofs samorzewski, bronze, 2008)
    Sun, Apr 19, 2009  Permanent link
    Categories: Singularity, neuroaesthetics
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    Thu, May 15, 2008  Permanent link
    Categories: neuroaesthetics
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    Apparently neuroaesthetics are the new black, and Professor Raymond Tallis thinks it's wrong. His column ends...
    Neuroaesthetics is wrong about the present state of neuroscience: we are not yet able to explain human consciousness, even less articulate self-consciousness as expressed in the reading and writing of poetry. It is wrong about our experience of literature. And it is wrong about humanity.


    So what then? Don't even try to use it til we've got it down pat? Wait until a good professor tells you?



    That's just a taster from episode 1 1 More Human Than Human... The whole series of How Art Made the World is worth watching but episodes 2 The Day Pictures Were Born and 4 - Once Upon A Time are the most interesting on this neuroaesthetics front.

    Why the same isn't true for literature I've no idea. Why neuroaesthetics cannot include the social I cannot fathom at all? Episode four obviously shows that it can and does, indeed episode one shows that, possibly, it is our ancestors sitting the the dark, in sensory depriving caves that leads them, in part at least, into drawing on the walls what they see in their minds' eyes, as part of shamanic social practices.

    MInd you, if neuroaesthetics is the new black, then that is where we should go to sit in caves and develop transhumanic practices of art for a new age. For poets and painters both, maybe together, mmmh, that does sound social.

    Fri, Apr 11, 2008  Permanent link
    Categories: epiphany, neurology, neuroaesthetics
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