- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press; 1 edition (August 30, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231179626
- ISBN-13: 978-0231179621
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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Reductionism in Art and Brain Science: Bridging the Two Cultures 1st Edition
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Eric R. Kandel seamlessly moves between the intricacies of science and art, weaving their histories into a common narrative that illuminates both fields and shows they have more in common than is often assumed. It is a fun and informative read that anyone with a curious mind can enjoy and learn from. (Joseph LeDoux, author of Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety)
Kandel's book, with one foot in the humanities and one foot in the sciences, stands comfortably in both. Writing in deceptively simple prose, not unlike the art he writes about, Kandel lucidly states the biological case for how abstract art challenges us to look so that we can see. (Jim Coddington, chief conservator, Museum of Modern Art)
Words like 'genius' or 'renaissance man' are rarely used in these egalitarian times, but such descriptions wouldn't be entirely inappropriate for Kandel, who is renowned for his work on memory. He has now written a remarkable book full of poetic insights without compromising scientific rigor. (V. S. Ramachandran, author of The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human)
Aiming to lessen the gap between the cultures of art and science, Kandel forwards new ways of considering abstract art through the model of reductionism: less is more when it comes to stimulating the brain's creative abilities and our aesthetic responses. (Emily Braun, Distinguished Professor of Art History, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY)
In this engaging and brilliant exploration, Kandel illuminates the beauty and power of both abstract art and the brain and mind that unravels it. It is a bold and exciting story about the modern revolution in art and brain science that bridges the traditional chasm between the culture of the arts and sciences and helps us understand and experience the most challenging art with the depth it deserves and the joy it enables. (Walter Mischel, author of The Marshmallow Test)
Eric Kandel's new book, Reductionism in Art and Brain Science is a beautiful integration of visual art and neuroscience. The book engages C.P. Snow's theme of two cultures- the humanities and the sciences- and provides an artful window into the science of the mind through his fourteen nicely written chapters that include elegant figures in visual art and neuroscience. While the book de-mythologizes the idea of reductionism, it also importantly provides a sense for knowing an object and the objects to be known. This is a must read for both neuroscientists and anyone interested in the visual arts and humanities. (Jay Schulkin, Georgetown University)
[A] fascinating survey of mind science and modern art.... Kandel presents concepts to ponder that may open new avenues of art making and neuroscientific endeavor. (Publishers Weekly)
[An] intriguing treatise. (Nature)
Recommended for those interested in the intersection of psychology and art. (Library Journal)
The effort to complete this book will be well rewarded.... C.P. Snow would be proud. (Neurology Today)
Unique and thought-provoking. (Times Higher Education)
Elegant and entertaining. (Wall Street Journal)
[Eric Kandel's] new book offers one of the freshest insights into art history in many years. (Salon)
Neuroscientist Eric R. Kandel demonstrates how science can inform the way we experience a work of art and seek to understand its meaning. Kandel illustrates how reductionism―the distillation of larger scientific or aesthetic concepts into smaller, more tractable components―has been used by scientists and artists alike to pursue their respective truths. He draws on his Nobel Prize-winning work revealing the neurobiological underpinnings of learning and memory in sea slugs to shed light on the complex workings of the mental processes of higher animals.
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Author, Nobel Prize-winner, Eric R. Kandel, whom some viewers of PBS and Charlie Rose know through his series of roundtables on the brain, is mainly a philosophical physicalist, but he does include the feedback looping of bottom-up, emergent reductionism and top-down, organismal holism of learned and experiential associations. Indeed, much of modern art is a mutually dependent creative union of form and receiver, i.e, not what the art is about, but instead what the viewer feels, imagines, or thinks. The book presents seminal examples of artistic insights. Artists, such as Mondrian, Klee, and Kandinsky, wrote essays about the psychological effect of certain artistic techniques and presentations, and Kandel explains the neuroscience behind it. Color fields present a psycho-neurological problem, as people perceive a given color differently, dependent on distance; lighting intensity, hue, and angle; contrast; adjacent hues; and in the instance of color-blindness, neurology. Some artists create optical illusions and stimulate optic centers, with the viewer perceiving shapes, hues, contours, and elevations that are not actually present, further questioning our reality. Other artists take mundane items or icons and craft their forms or images into a different way of seeing, as in Pop Art, bringing sociological and socio-political aspects into fine focus. I hope that this small book finds its way into science and art curricula, interdisciplinary studies, and into the hands of the general reader.
Sono sempre stata dell'idea che sia necessario leggere qualsiasi cosa scritta da Eric Kandel; detto questo se siete interessati all'arte e alla pittura e vi considerate un "fine conoscitore" delle neuroscienze, questo libro é il regalo migliore che possiate farvi. Io avrei solo desiderato conoscere piú storia dell'arte per apprezzarlo in toto, ma non preoccupatevi perché é pieno di immagini.
Those painters have had their approach reading in their works particularities of the universe, whom they have seen in a way between subjective and objective. So the perception has moved the inner connection of the mind and the student of art has correlated with the memory all that he learned.