Proust Was a Neuroscientist

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark D. Jones on 10-03-09

Excellent Book

Not sure what the others are griping about in regards to the narrator.

The book is completely fascinating, connecting some dots that I had already thought about. Amazing how it dovetails nicely with the book "On Intelligence". If you are fascinated by the mind, by how we think and perceive then this is definitely a book you want to listen to.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Caroline on 22-05-09

Art intersects science

Where art meets its application in the sinewy sinapses. Why do we hate the avante garde, learn to like it, then get bored by it and thirst for something new. Why does music move us, stock smell so good and art that approximates beat the exactitude of photography? I'm absoltely enthralled by every chapter, I think I'll just have to listen to the whole thing through at least one more time. Lehrer is surely a genius for bringing together so many disparate topics and explaining them using the latest knowledge of how our brains function.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Eva on 05-04-09

We don't need a new definition of neuroscience ...

Very interesting attempt of reconciliating science and art. However, being a neuroscientist myself, I am rather dissapointed. I was looking forward to interesting insights/discussion, bringing both fields closer together. Instead, it seems like the author would like to make a point out of that artists/artisans are smart ( of course they are)and science can only hope to finally prove what the artists knew all along...
I enjoyed listening and the book is both well written and read. thanks, I really appreciate it!

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19 of 22 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Dave on 09-01-12

Interesting links between artists and the science

I really enjoyed this book - kind of a different look at what some of our most famous artists (cuisine, music, literature) were attempting in their work - and how they were coming close to uncovering, consciously or not, some of the mysteries of the brain and human perception. I first heard about this book while listening to back episodes of Radiolab – Specifically the show entitled Musical Language.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Diane on 21-03-11

Art & Science

Lehrer's premise that the arts have anticipated many of neuroscience's recent discoveries about the workings of human perception are explored in this book through an examination of the works of a number of artists, composers and authors. It offers some fascinating insights into both science and works of art but unfortunately it becomes redundant and tedious as the author repeats many of his points again and again throughout the book. Even though the book is relatively short, it would have benefited from more editing.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

out of 5 stars
By Corina on 03-03-09

Pity about the narrator

Fascinating book, disastrous narrator.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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