Does Neuroscience Explain Art?
Distinguished neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran thinks that neuroscience can explain why humans make, or at least appreciate, art. But do we need a scientific explanation of art?
Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, and professor of psychology and neurology at the University of California, San Diego, V.S. Ramachandran explains the creation and appreciation of art as a reaction to a series of unconscious stimuli. Just as animals respond universally to certain stimuli, such as being provided food or fleeing from predators, Ramachandran sees the possibly of a universal response system in humans—toward art! We may all appreciate the same, universal aesthetic elements, he says. What's more, Ramachandran believes the existence of subconscious artistic tendencies can be tested for in laboratory conditions.
Are we trying to solve too many problem with technological solutions?
- Technology has given humanity the amazing ability to fix almost any problem, conditioning us to search for technological remedies to what might be social problems.
- Alleviating social inequity is a problem that technology must necessarily attempt to solve, but technology alone cannot shape how humans assemble their societies.
- Only by emphasizing the primary place of individual identity, human dignity, and universal values like empathy and emotion, can we hope to solve global issues that, so far, technology has been unable to conquer.
Radical Transformational Leadership: Strategic Action for Change Agents
With his collected letters recently being published, it's time to revisit this extraordinary thinker.
- Though the British philosopher died in 1973, his work continues to make an impact.
- A recently published collection, The Collected Letters Alan Watts, is a deep dive into his personal correspondences.
- Watts was an early proponent for spreading Eastern philosophy to Western culture.
Long hidden under trees, it's utterly massive
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