The first 2/3 focus on Graphic Design. I am not a designer and don't have asperations in that direction, so I got bored with the text and just enjoyedThe first 2/3 focus on Graphic Design. I am not a designer and don't have asperations in that direction, so I got bored with the text and just enjoyed looking at the pages.
The last 1/3 is more in my interest. Culture Jam, demarketing, new media, anti-consumerism... Having already read Culture Jam and being an avid Adbusters fan, there wasn't much that was new.
In all, I was left with a distaste about the incredable cost of this book (it was a gift, price tag says $75) compared to the anti-consumer message....more
A lot of the brain stuff is interesting, but I completely failed to make many of the connections between the brains and the artists. Possibly, this isA lot of the brain stuff is interesting, but I completely failed to make many of the connections between the brains and the artists. Possibly, this is because I'm not familiar most of the works referenced. But I think that some of my confusion is because Lehrer didn't make convincing arguments or explinations. Some sections are more clearly spelled out than others.
George Eliot changed religions and believed in free will and one of her characters got married. Therefore: Brain plasticity. I can't connect those dots and I don't believe Eliot was the first person to understand free will.
I also don't believe that Gertrude Stein (who happened to be a neuroscience (or equivalent at the time)) discovered grammar. Or that the linguist Noam Chompsky confirmed the existence of grammar. Huh? I'm certain that everyone knew that grammar existed hundreds of years before either was even born. Clearly there was some deeper thing that Lehrer was getting at but whatever that was flew totally over my head.
The best parts were things that I'd already learned about on Radio Lab.
Full disclosure: I'm a Bad Religion Fan Girl. Or something. Fan Girl sounds awfully frivolous, but what else do you call it?
I'm a Bad ReligiFull disclosure: I'm a Bad Religion Fan Girl. Or something. Fan Girl sounds awfully frivolous, but what else do you call it?
I'm a Bad Religion fan. And I have been for something like 17 years. Bad Religion was a huge influence on my life and world view as a teenager. You know those years where everyone is figuring things out for themselves and starting to ask the big questions? Those were the years that I listened to and studied Bad Religion albums. And I sang along. I knew every lyric (still do) and found so much to think about. So Yeah. I pretty much grew up with Greg Graffin's philosophic influence. And, not necessarily as a result, but as it happens, I'm an atheist and a monist and I find evolution in everything. I am not a scientist, but I sometimes wish I was. Pretty much I've been so influence by Greg Graffin and I've listened to and read his lyrics for so long that Anarchy Evolution is just common sense to me. I'd like to say that I think like him, but maybe it's more correct to just say that I understand what he's saying. It's what I would say if I were eloquent (OK, I wouldn't write the personal memoir-type stuff, but the philosophy/atheism/evolution stuff).
In short. I'm going to buy my own copy of this book because I want to read it again with a hi-lighter (they frown on that with library copies) and I want to hi-light the crap out it. And I want to shove my neon yellow copy into the hands of the next person who asks me some dumb question about atheism or what I believe and say read the yellow parts.
Then, there's also the fact that it's a punk rock memoir. Awesome.
I don't believe in self-important folks who preach No Bad Religion song can make yourself complete You'll get no direction from me.