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Proust was a neuroscientist

Author: Jonah Lehrer
Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008. ©2007
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Mariner books editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonah Lehrer
ISBN: 9780547085906 0547085907
OCLC Number: 225870915
Notes: "A Mariner book"--Title page.
Description: x, 242 pages : illustrations, music ; 21 cm
Contents: The substance of feeling / Walt Whitman --
The biology of freedom / George Eliot --
The essence of taste --
/ Auguste Escoffier --
The method of memory / Marcel Proust --
The process of sight / Paul Cézanne --
The source of music / Igor Stravinsky --
The structure of language / Gertrude Stein --
The emergent self / Virginia Woolf.
Responsibility: Jonah Lehrer.
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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 is 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."--Publisher's description.

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