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Splendors and Miseries of the Brain: Love, Creativity and the Quest for Human Happiness

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Splendors and Miseries of the Brain examines the elegant and efficient machinery of the brain, showing that by studying music, art, literature, and love, we can reach important conclusions about how the brain functions.
discusses creativity and the search for perfection in the brain examines the power of the unfinished and why it has such a powerful hold on the imagination
Paperback, 234 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by Wiley-Blackwell
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Ioannis Savvas
Είχα την τύχη να γνωρίσω τον Semir Zeki στο 16ο Διεπιστημονικό Συνέδριο της Ελληνικής Εταιρίας για τις Νευροεπιστήμες, στη Θεσσαλονίκη το 2001. Είχε κάνει μια καταπληκτική παρουσίαση για το πώς αντιδρά ο εγκέφαλος μπροστά στα έργα τέχνης, συγκεκριμένα στους πίνακες ζωγραφικής. Μάλιστα, στο τέλος της παρουσίασής του πρόβαλε ένα μικρό video όπου πίνακες ζωγραφικής περνούσαν μπροστά από τα μάτια μας, ενώ σε μια γωνία φαινόταν η fMRI εθελοντών είχαν δει ακριβώς την ίδια σειρά πινάκων. "Αυτή τη στιγμ ...more
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It should first be noted that the book takes the stand: What can our culture tell us about the brain? Not how can the brain explain our culture? The problem in this is that Zeki does not take into account the fundamental problem of: "which came first, the chicken or the egg?".

Is our culture and our conceptual world view formed in such a way because our brain finds it convinient, or should the thousands of years of culture be taken into account when we are concerned with how the brain shapes the
Misha Filippov
Zeki’s book has a beautiful title, more than that - it is very beautifully written. With the help of experimental scientific results, he explores the unachievable through the works of artists and writers, concluding with Freud’s Civilisation and its Discontents. Anyone interested in neuroesthetics (or neuroscience in general) and in art will find it a fascinating read!
It is a wonderful book!
Alvaro Raba
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Long book. Very dense and heavy reading. This isn't for everyone. I think the author drag along some ideas and some of the chapters really felt unnecessary, even though there are some biology and brain functionality ideas that help us understand better the way we process information and generate ideas.
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A neurological examination of creativity and happiness... that actually has more to do with art than science.
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is a British neurobiologist who has specialized in studying the primate visual brain and more recently the neural correlates of affective states, such as the experience of love, desire and beauty that are generated by sensory inputs within the field of neuroesthetics. He was educated at University College London (UCL) where he was Henry Head Research Fellow of the Royal Society before being appoin ...more
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