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4.0 out of 5 stars Art appreciation and the new biology of the mind., 27 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present (Hardcover)
The first third of the book is a rehash of art history that is well known, and done better by, for example, Gombrich, whom the author praises. The middle third summarizes recent research on the biology of mind, which is one of the greate advances of science in the last thirty years, and will become one of the major scientific achievements in the twenty-first century, once all the pieces have been put together. The author is a leader in this field. He is an expert on the biology of memory.
The final third seeks to link art appreciation with the biology of the mind. Ambitious, but worth attempting. Unfortunately the author fails to make the case that the new biology of mind is ready to contribute significantly to understanding why we appreciate art.
The book is a progress report, rather than a mature work of scholarship. But I enjoyed it, and recommend it, with reservations.
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