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Proust Was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer
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Jun 21, 2011

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An intriguing collection of essays on 19th & 20th century artists & writers and their connections to (or foreshadowing of) psychology and neuroscience. Fascinating both for the personal histories and for the science. What's stuck with me is both the weirdness of perception and the malleability of the brain. FWIW, that second bit actually brings me a lot of hope and comfort.

Even as a writer, I got annoyed after a while with the touches of "oh some things can never be explained" (I'm paraphrasing badly) bits. Felt a bit hand-wavey.

Still, quite interesting.

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