• And so rather than sitting and pondering forever whether a visual is an art work or a scientific image, it's more productive to say a multitude of images exist in the world—and to ask what they do. Where do they live? What kinds of inquiries do they prompt? What do they be of the viewer?

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Art and the Limits of Neuroscience

  • December 6, 2011
  • By a2ru      
What is art? What does art reveal about human nature?


What is art? What does art reveal about human nature? The trend these days is to approach such questions in the key of neuroscience. “Neuroaesthetics” is a term that has been coined to refer to the project of studying art using the methods of neuroscience. It would be fair to say that neuroaesthetics has become a hot field. It is not unusual for leading scientists and distinguished theorists of art to collaborate on papers that find their way into top scientific journals.

Alva Noë, “Art and the Limits of Neuroscience,” New York Times, December 4, 2011, http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/art-and-the-limits-of-neuroscience/.

(Contributed by Satinder Baveja, Professor of Electrical Engineering, U-M)