- Paperback: 302 pages
- Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (August 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226770524
- ISBN-13: 978-0226770529
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,865,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Echo Objects: The Cognitive Work of Images
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"Heroic.... The larger message of Stafford's intense, propulsive prose is unassailable. If we are to get much further in the great puzzle of 'binding' - how the perception of an image, the will to act on intention, or the forging of consciousness is assembled from the tens of thousands of neurons firing at any one moment in time - then there needs to be action on all fronts." - Science"
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Congratulations to the author on a much needed update into the importance of the Visual arts in the development of the brain and human identity! This book inspired me so much I bought her previous book "Visual Analogy: Consciousness as the Art of Connecting", in my opinion both of these books are 'must haves' for any serious artist, arts researcher, lecurer or teacher of art and arts institution. I cant wait for Stafford's next book. Highly recommended
"Because conceptual binding is innately 'checkered', artworks that systematically couple heterogeneous elements also open a 'conduit allowing [us to see how] environmental magnitudes exert constant influences on behavior'. Further, compound patterns, I believe, reveal how neuronal oscillations facilitate synaptic plasticity. That is, they make manifest something of the labor of spatial coherence: how transient rhythms function in the coordination of cross-domain mapping."
The author is just trying to say that art that is complex and contradictory is harder work to understand and that she thinks this is related to work the brain must do to reconfigure itself to make sense of what is being perceived. Bafflegab and conjecture are not useful or enlightening.
So my general impression about this book is positive even if the text is quite difficult to read.
Echo Objects moves well beyond Stafford's past work by engaging modern neuroscience and cognitive research. Arguably, only she could have written this book. It identifies key issues for the brain sciences as well as pointing out how research -especially image-based research--in the humanities could enrich scientific inquiry. Echo Objects maps out how biology and culture could come together around shared issues that require both disciplinary sides to resolve.
Just as Echo Objects offers a sort of topographic map to enable the enterprising reader to venture from one discipline into the terrain of another, it poses the challenge of learning the terrain, vocabulary, and essentials of a new discipline. Those who accept this challenge will find the effort to be transformative.
Another reviewer put it perfectly: "Bafflegab". I agree. If you are a person who feels the need to impress your friends and colleagues with confusing pretentious expression then buy this book and commit it to memory. But please, I'm not interested.