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Proust Was a Neuroscientist

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    The author is a Renaissance Man

    Not only does the author have a complete and up-to-date understanding of the latest research in neuroscience, he must also have a broad grasp of literature, philosophy and the arts (even cooking!) to write so engagingly about the connections between neuroscience and these diverse areas. Linking the current understanding about how the brain works with each of these diverse arts the reader gets a deeper understanding of how we deal with life. What is it about music that moves us? What drove the evolution of art from realism to modern forms of art? What makes us like a painting. The history of science figured into all of the stories as it drove changes in literature and philosophy as each metaphore of science became the latest influence ie the clockwork universe of Newton, and the steam engine metaphore that influenced Freud.

    When I finished the book I understood not only what infuenced the great authors, artists, poets, musicians and cooks but why people then and now find them interesting. And, of course, all this erudition is the background for illustrating the working of the mind in a delightful way.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2009

    A Great Science Book for Non-Scientists

    The material in the book is fascinating and current. The book is great because it makes the science it describes interesting for those with a science background and simultaneously for those who know little to nothing about science.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2009

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    This book will introduce you to a world you never knew

    I bought this book because it had my favorite cookie on the cover but I have become so incredibly obsessed with modern science because of it. The author has a knack for making science seem exciting and cool. I can't recommend this book enough!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

    Fascinating connections between art and science, individuality and commonality; includes clear and interesting examples and a peak into the evolving understanding of the human brain.

    Connecting his experience in science with knowledge of arts and artists, Lehrer provides challenging and exciting insights into how we work and what is possible to human intelligence. He explores various artists' achievements in literature, music, painting and cooking and shows how they foreshadowed scientific discoveries. Left me pondering each point and exploring where else the same ideas may apply. If you're ready to stretch your mind, this is your starting point.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    Umami to the extreme!

    This book has been the topic of more late night discussions than any book I have read in 10 years! A must read!
    And not just for the scientifically inquisitive. Thought provoking and enlightening, without being too obtuse. Worthy of multiple reads in order to sift through all the tasty tidbits and make notes of the books, artists and chefs you're dying to revisit!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

    I love this author; perhaps I am late to get onto the neuroscien

    I love this author; perhaps I am late to get onto the neuroscience bandwagon, but I found this to be a very well-written and provocative book, though a little short in length and short on conclusions. I read "Imagine" as well and found them both to be very interesting and well-written books. I want to encourage this author and will probably buy his books in the future, as long as he truly puts some effort into them. I love to read books like this which do not assume the reader is an idiot. Good read and I definitely appreciate his research and thoughtfulness. Would definitely recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    It makes one think

    After reading, I viewed the workings of the brain in a new light--especially the material on the truthfulness of one's memories.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    Fictional narrative leading cognitive understanding

    Beatifully written, intellectually insightful and original illumination of cognitive truths foreshadowed in great literature.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2008

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    Book was very creative and informative. Especially liked how he addressed the latest on how each of the senses functioned with the brain.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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