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Proust was a neuroscientist., 31 Jan 2010
This book provides the thoughts and beliefs of various twentieth centuary artists who recognised essential spiritual truths from their personal life expereinces and works. These can now be related to their thought processes and contain information that neuroscience is only just discovering.
The chapters are split between 8 artists of the time including artists, poets, musicians and authors. These include Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, George Elliot, Marcel Proust. This book is a wonderful read.
Walt Whitman's poetic hypothesis (my favourite) - the idea that feelings begin in the flesh is described and explained. 'The spirit recieves from the body just as much as it gives to the body.'
This is then related forward to the work of Damasio, a neuroscientist, who has researched into the etiology of feelings, calling it 'the body loop.' Therefore 'the mind and body are insepable and in his veiw , the mind stalks the flesh, from our muscles we steal our moods.'