Will Neuroscience Conquer Art?
So strong has the role of neuroscience become in explaining our behavior that artists may have little choice but to tackle its premises in their works, particularly the novel, to elucidate characters.
What's the Latest Development?
So strong has the role of neuroscience become in explaining our behavior—centers of brain activity have been found for everything from religious experience to sarcasm—that artists may have little choice but to tackle its premises in their works, particularly the novel. "In one sense, neuro-explanations seem to challenge the mechanisms by which novels work. Neuroscientists warn us that we may have no freewill, no 'self' at the helm; their work shows that our memories are leaky reconstructions and that even our visual perception of the world is a system of illusions."
What's the Big Idea?
While neuroscience may be at the forefront of medical-scientific achievement, does that necessarily make the field's vocabulary suited to artistic expression? New scientific understandings may not fundamentally change our view of the world, even if old issues—like freewill—are confronted anew. "Fiction exists for its own purposes, and writers and readers will rightly resist attempts to turn it into "evidence" for or against anything. It's possible that neuroscience is just too new for its ideas to have permeated literary fiction in the way that those other paradigm-changers, Darwinism and psychoanalysis, did."
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Meteorologists propose a stunning new explanation for the mysterious events in the Bermuda Triangle.
One of life's great mysteries, the Bermuda Triangle might have finally found an explanation. This strange region, that lies in the North Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been the presumed cause of dozens and dozens of mind-boggling disappearances of ships and planes.
Nazi supporters held huge rallies and summer camps for kids throughout the United States in the 1930s.
- During the 1930s, thousands of Americans sympathized with the Nazis, holding huge rallies.
- The rallies were organized by the American German Bund, which wanted to spread Nazi ideology.
- Nazi supporters also organized summer camps for kids to teach them their values.
A Bund parade in New York, October 30, 1939.
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Tea and coffee have known health benefits, but now we know they can work together.
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- A new study finds drinking large amounts of coffee and tea lowers the risk of death in some adults by nearly two thirds.
- This is the first study to suggest the known benefits of these drinks are additive.
- The findings are great, but only directly apply to certain people.