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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,574 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonah Lehrer Narrator: Dan John Miller Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this technology-driven age, it’s tempting to believe that science can solve every mystery. After all, science has cured countless diseases and even sent humans into space. But as Jonah Lehrer argues in this sparkling debut, science is not the only path to knowledge. In fact, when it comes to understanding the brain, art got there first. Taking a group of artists—a painter, a poet, a chef, a composer, and a handful of novelists—Lehrer shows how each one discovered an essential truth about the mind that science is only now rediscovering. We learn, for example, how Proust first revealed the fallibility of memory; how George Eliot discovered the brain’s malleability; how the French chef Escoffier identified umami (the fifth taste); how Cézanne worked out the subtleties of vision; and how Gertrude Stein exposed the deep structure of language – a full half-century before the work of Noam Chomsky and other linguists. It’s the ultimate tale of art trumping science. More broadly, Lehrer shows that there’s a cost to reducing everything to atoms and acronyms and genes. Measurement is not the same as understanding, and this is what art knows better than science. An ingenious blend of biography, criticism, and first-rate science writing, Proust Was a Neuroscientist urges science and art to listen more closely to each other, for willing minds can combine the best of both, to brilliant effect.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by James Benton | 2/11/2014

    " There is a lot that scientists and humanities folk can learn from each other. The compartmentalization of academic disciplines has stifled creativity and discovery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Delford | 2/1/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Beyond the general description of the book, the table of contents caught my eye when I saw the names Auguste Escoffier and Igor Stravinsky. These chapters, as well as the rest, were really interesting to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeanette | 1/30/2014

    " The beginning is absolutely addicting. Relating science to Walt Whitman was fascinating. As the book continued I did lose a little more interest, but nonetheless an excellent book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathleen | 1/16/2014

    " This is a really great book about how art and science are connected "

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